All Aboard! Ronald McDonald House Charities Announces the Jingle Bell Express

All Aboard! Ronald McDonald House Charities Announces the Jingle Bell Express

All Aboard! Ronald McDonald House Charities Announces the Jingle Bell Express

The Ronald McDonald House Charities has announced the first annual Jingle Bell Express train ride for children will depart the St. Albans Train Station on Saturday, November 30th at 1:00 pm.  Making stops in Essex Junction at 1:45 and Burlington at 3:00, the Jingle Bell Express will feature Santa as a special guest and include storytelling and sing alongs led by his eager Elves.

Tickets to ride the train are a $25 donation, which allows boarding of one child and one adult;  tickets for additional children and adults are $10 each.   Light refreshments will be served along the way, and every child will receive a holiday-themed goody bag.  Tickets are on sale now!  You can book your ride on the Jingle Bell Express at:

Ronald McDonald House, 16 S. Winooski St in Burlington, (802) 862-4943

The Engraving Bench & Fine Gifts in Essex Junction, (802) 872-8080

St. Albans Train Station, St. Albans, (802) 527-7706

The Jingle Bell Express will run all afternoon on November 30th, allowing families and children to choose which leg of the journey they would like to enjoy:

  • Train leaves St. Albans Station at 1:00 pm
  • Arrives Essex Junction at 1:45, begins boarding
  • The Express Departs Essex Junction at 2:00
  • Arrives Burlington Union Station at 3:00, starts boarding
  • Departs Burlington at 3:15
  • Arrive back in Essex Junction at 4:15, begins boarding
  • Depart Essex Junction  at 4:30
  • Ride concludes at St. Albans at 5:15

*Important Note: Automobile transportation between the train stations is not provided by the Jingle Bell Express.  Riders are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from their selected train station destinations.* 

(Event organizers have provided a map showing the Jingle Journey, to help ticket holders plan their trip.)

The Jingle Bell Express has been generously sponsored by the following organizations:

  • Car Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Car Sponsor: Milan Technologies
  • The Law Offices of Fred Peet
  • The Miller Realty Group
  • Tim Miller & Carol Hinson
  • Rocky’s NY Pizza
  • WCAX
  • WPTZ
  • The Hall Radio Group
  • AmTrak
  • VT Rail
  • New England Central Railroad

All proceeds of the Jingle Bell Express will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington, Vermont.  For more information, please contact our Conductor Steve Shover at (802) 872-8080.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington, VT:

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington, Vermont provides emotional support, comfort and temporary lodging to families with children receiving medical treatment at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care. In addition, Ronald McDonald House Charities provides assistance and support for children through various programs within our region.  Learn more: www.rmhcvt.org

For more information, please contact:

Deanna Cameron, Program Coordinator, RMHC: (802) 862-4943

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