Tickets for the much-anticipated Santa Train event go on sale today at 9 a.m., Virginia Railway Express officials announced this month.
This year's event is scheduled for Dec. 10; that's when families can board the VRE trains and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Santa's helpers will also be on board handing out candy and other treats.
High school choral groups and other entertainment will also performing.
Tickets for the Manassas Santa Trains can be purchased at the Manassas Visitors Center, also known as the Manassas VRE Depot, on West Street for $5. Santa Train tickets for any train line can be purchased at VRE.org for $6. All riders—infants on up—must have a ticket on Dec. 10.
Only six tickets can be purchased per person for most trains. Only the Manassas Line North Pole Express train departing at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 has no ticket purchasing limit. A total of four Santa Trains will depart from Manassas.
The event is purposed to help promote train safety and the VRE Operation Lifesaver's, "Look, Listen and Live" Campaign. Proceeds from the event go to Operation Lifesaver.
Operation Lifesaver is held in conjunction with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots.
Santa Train riders are encouraged to donate items to Toys for Tots at designated drop off points at the Fredericksburg, Manassas, Burke Centre and Woodbridge stations.