Greetings to one and all,

This is Santa Claus, and I’m writing you today with some very important news.

To keep everyone safe this year’s North Pole Express is going virtual! The North Pole Express will be working with the Union Depot in St. Paul to film Santa and all of my helpers direct from the North Pole to your living room. Also, with the help of some of my more tech-savvy elves, you and your children will be able to log-in and video visit with me from my locomotive. I urge you to register your email address with the kind folks at Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (Friends of the 261), for the virtual event of a lifetime. I still want to see all of you, especially in times when a little Christmas Spirit is needed most. Which reminds me…

Due to our overwhelming concern for the safety of our passengers and volunteers, the North Pole Express will not be running like normal this year. Rest assured, the steam engine is in tip-top shape, and I will still deliver your presents on time. Mrs. Claus is knitting me a special red mask to match my suit, and the sleigh is being equipped with a hand sanitizer dispenser, courtesy of Santa-labs Inc.

This year’s event will have chances to win free prizes and a chance to meet one on one with Santa via Zoom. Reserve your spot to see me and join the mailing list for updates on next year’s excursions. The Friends of the 261 have a lot planned in 2021, trips in the summer and fall, and of course, the return of the North Pole Express in 2021. I do not want you to miss it!

That’s all for now, everyone. I look forward to seeing you soon. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Santa Claus

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