Just hours after the Santa Train tickets went on sale Monday, Virginia Railway Express officials reported all were sold out.
Tickets went on sale online at 9 a.m. Monday—12 minutes later, all the online tickets were gone, VRE manager of public affairs and government relations Mark Roeber said.
Tickets were also available at vendor locations, but many of these locations ran out of tickets by noon. By 2 p.m. Monday, some 7,500 tickets had been sold, Roeber said.
VRE offices were still being flooded with hundreds of calls about buying Santa Train tickets hours after the event was old out, he added.
The Santa Train events is the VRE's collaborative effort with Operation Lifesaver, CSXT and Norfolk Southern.
“The VRE Santa Trains are our way of helping make the holidays special, and we look forward to seeing everyone on the trains for this magical day. What could be better than sharing a train ride with Santa and all your friends and family,” VRE Chairman Sharon Bulova said in a press release Tuesday.
Santa's helpers will also be on board handing out candy and other treats and promoting railway safety.
High school choral groups and other entertainment will also performing.
During the Dec. 10 Santa Train excursions, Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, Manassas and Burke Centre stations will accept new, unwrapped toys. “Often the holidays are a time of reflection on the importance of our families and our communities," Bulova said. "The “Toys for Tots” Program reinforces that message by making tangible contributions to others in our communities to ensure that all children experience the joy of the holiday season.”