Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpers will leave the sleigh at the North Pole and let SEPTA do the driving when they head to Dilworth Park on Black Friday, November 26, riding aboard a specially decorated ‘Santa Express’ train on the Broad Street Line.
The festivities start at NRG Station at 10 am with live music, balloon animals, a special appearance from Paws, and giveaways from our partners at NRG, Independence Visitor Center, Dunkin’ and Herr’s!
The Santa Express will depart from NRG Station at 10:45 am – arriving at City Hall Station at approximately 11 am It will make local stops but only those boarding art NRG Station can ride FOR FREE!
Following the train ride, Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead a parade from City Hall Station to Dilworth Park, ushering in the holiday season with a skating session at the Rothman Orthopedics Ice Rink, with the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band providing a festive soundtrack. Santa and his helpers will be greeting revelers around Dilworth Park until noon.
“We are so excited to partner with Center City District to bring this tradition back this year – for the thirtieth year,” said Leslie S. Richards, SEPTA’s CEO and General Manager. “It’s always a great time and really helps get everyone into the holiday spirit!”
There are many other ways to get to Dilworth Park on SEPTA in time to greet Santa – and SEPTA reminds everyone that all children 11 and under ride for free. Plan your trip here.
In addition to Santa Express, members of SEPTA’s Transit Division will show off their tricked-out holiday-themed buses throughout the month of December. Eight vehicles compete for three top spots with the three winners being displayed at various points throughout the city. This year spectators will be able to see the three winning buses cruise down Market Street as part of Philadelphia’s first-of-its-kind holiday parade scheduled for December 4.
For more information, please visit iseptaphilly.com.