Tweetsie Railroad, one of North Carolina’s oldest theme park attractions, sits in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina, between Blowing Rock and Boone. Visitors travel from across the country to ride in the park’s open-air train cars and hear its engines’ whistle blow through the mountains.

The park hosts a number of annual events that are fun perfect for families, especially for those with younger children, and each train ride features a wild west-themed skit for the train’s passengers to enjoy. A number of retail stores offer shopping to park patrons in the town junction on Main Street while park employees are dressed in period costumes.

While the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the closure of the park, the owners said in August that they hope to reopen in time for Tweetsie Christmas. Canceled events for the 2020 season include the July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza, Day Out With Thomas, K-9’s In Flight Frisbee Dogs and the award-winning Ghost Train in October.

The park’s annual Ghost Train is a regular indicator of the seasonal change from fall to winter, held during weekends in September and October. While the Ghost Train is running, park visitors are welcome to take a spooky ride into the night with engineer Casey Bones through the Freaky Forest, and the park opens a chilling Haunted House with 13 scares.

Tweetsie Christmas is traditionally held on Friday and Saturday evenings from the last weekend in November until the last weekend in December. During these weekends, park transforms into a winter wonderland complete with twinkling lights, Santa, live Christmas shows and more.

Season passes bought for the 2020 season at Tweetsie Railroad will be honored during the 2021 season.

Updates from the park can be found online at

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