“It is the spirit of giving, loving and caring that comes from giving to others, especially to the children. After all, each of us wants to believe.” ~ Santa Claus
Saturday, November 19, 2011
From Pikeville, KY to Kingsport, TN
The Santa Train could not be made possible without the continuous support and dedication from these terrific partners!
The Santa Train is the world’s largest Santa Parade, 110-miles in route. Now in its 69th year, the Santa Train is an annual train journey through Appalachia where volunteers from Kingsport take 15 tons of gifts, candies and toys to children in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. Thousands of families in rural communities turn out to welcome the Santa Train to their hometowns each year. The Santa Train is co-sponsored by CSX Transportation, Food City, the Kingsport Tennessee Area Chamber of Commerce and Kids Wish Network.
2011 Santa Train
The Santa Train is now in its 69th year and always runs the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
This year it will run Saturday, November 19, 2011.
Started as a way for area businesses to thank their patrons, the train now accepts physical and monetary donations, including only new clothes and new toys. Financial gifts from the public have helped establish the Santa Train Scholarship for students who live along the train’s route.
2011 Schedule coming soon!
Click here for a map of the route.
2011 Celebrity Riders…
In 2010 both Wynonna and Naomi Judd joined us on the Santa Train!
Celebrities who have ridden the train include Allison Krauss, Wynonna & Naomi Judd, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Kree Harrison, Kathy Mattea and Rebecca Lynn Howard several governors, U.S senators and representatives, and other local, state and federal officials.
Due to safety regulations and extremely limited seating, the opportunity to ride the train is not open to the public. Passengers are selected at the invitation of the sponsors. Kingsport Chamber passengers are selected at the invitation of the Kingsport Chamber Chair and are individuals who have contributed a significant amount of time, effort and resources to the Kingsport Chamber and/or community during the year.
However, 2009 marked the first year where your Kingsport Chamber gave two lucky individuals an opportunity to ride the 67th Annual Santa Train!
YOUR SANTA TRAIN VOLUNTEER OPPURTUNITY!
Santa’s Workshop is the community’s opporutnity to help Santa and his elves pack up toys and other items for the Santa Train! Join CSX, Food Ctiy, Kids Wish Network and your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce as we come together the Wednesday before we head out on Saturday to assemble holiday gifts for the Santa Train!
Location: Food City, 1205 N. Eastman Raod, Kingsport, TN 37660
Volunteer Time: 5-9 p.m.
Dress Attire: Please wear comfortable work clothing that is suitable for our outside workshop
Santa’s Workshop Tasks: Sorting toys and items, lifting and breaking down boxes and packing bins.
More information will be posted closer to the event!
The Santa Train Scholarship
The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce awards its Santa Train Scholarship each year to a graduating senior who attends a high school along the 110-mile Santa Train route between Kingsport, Tenn. and Pikeville, Ky. The recipient is chosen based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, financial need, work records and an advisor’s recommendation.
This year’s 2011 recipient is Kasi Thacker, East Ridge High School, Lick Creek, KY. The four-year scholarship is worth $5,000, $625 per semester. To date, the Kingsport Chamber has given 28 scholarships since the first shoparship was awarded in 1989 totaling $140,000.
Buy the official Santa Train Print
Commemorating the 50th Santa Train Anniversary.
Make a Donation
Santa only takes new clothes or toys on the train. If you would like to send a gift or monetary donation, please send it to the following address:
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Attn: Santa Train
151 East Main Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Ph: (423) 392-8800
The Santa Train Tradition
The Santa Train Tradition is a well crafted children’s book written by Leigh Anne W. Hoover and beautifully illustrated by Carol Bates Murray. It tells the story of seven year old Ben Massey and his annual family tradition of walking to meet the Santa Train on the chilly Saturday morning before Thanksgiving. The Santa Train has been creating holiday cheer for children for over 60 years. The first of its kind, The Santa Train Tradition is sure to be a treasured keepsake for many years to come.
Limited edition Red Cover books are available at your Kingsport Chamber for $13.99.