A Train Ride to Christmas Town Starts at Stony Creek Ranch Resort

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Patrons wait to board The Train to Christmas Town at
Stony Creek Ranch Resort, Stony Creek, NY
It’s just a few more days until Christmas, but Stony Creek Ranch Resort is making sure there are plenty of wonderful holiday activities happening throughout the season. Since being purchased in 2015 by the McLean family, Stony Creek Ranch Resort (formerly 1,000 Acres Ranch) has been renovated to bring even more of the Adirondack rustic allure to the existing ranch property.

According to Stony Creek Ranch Resort owner Scott McLean the property was purchased at auction. After opening for the 2016 season they decided to use the subsequent winter months to provide some improvements to the ranch’s existing charm.

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A Train to Christmas Town, part of the
Saratoga North Creek Railway experience
“We renovated the dining room and the cabins to provide that Adirondack rustic feel,” says McLean. “We upgraded fences, brought back the cattle drive, and bought horses. We even have our own train station and have partnered with the North Creek train to bring about the Train to Christmas Town.”

The Train to Christmas Town experience recreates the popular children’s story by author Peggy Ellis and illustrator Jeffrey Lee. The Saratoga North Creek Railway brings the storybook to life when participants are joined on their train ride from Stony Creek Ranch Resort to Christmas Town by Bumblebee the Bear, Zephyr the cat, and Wabash the squirrel. Elves serve hot chocolate and cookies while woodland creatures welcome visitors near and far.

a Train to Christmas Town at Stony Creek Ranch
The Saratoga North Creek Railway
offers a Train to Christmas Town at Stony Creek Ranch Resort
The exact location of Christmas Town is sworn to secrecy, but Santa Claus does visit with all patrons upon arriving to the magical lighted town and presents them with a special treat. The one hour roundtrip train ride returns to Stony Creek Ranch Resort for even more holiday fun.

“Here at the ranch we have a mixture of fun activities for all ages,” says McLean. “We have two live reindeer at Jingle Bell Junction. Children can write a letter to Santa and put it in the mailbox. Local vendors are set up so people can get those last-minute gifts. There are Christmas crafts, ornament making as well as my father’s model train display and wagon rides around the ranch. We have the dining room open for meals and beautifully decorated like 'White Christmas.' People can come in and we will always have food for them.  There is a pianist playing in the dining room or people can go to the Red Dog and dance to the family-friendly DJ.”

Stony Creek is an all-inclusive resort located just west of Lake George in Warren County. The ranch offers daily horseback riding, cattle drive, heated pools, daily entertainment, fishing and rowboats (in season), hiking trails, arcade, indoor movie cinema, s’more bonfires, and more. The ranch will remain open to the public through the end of December, but McLean has the rest of the winter slotted for special events and private parties.

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Ticket Check at The Train to Christmas Town
“In addition to Christmas Town we are partnering with the train company to do dinner train rides,” states McLean. “Whether people come from Saratoga Springs or North Creek, they will have a nice meal, enjoy the domed window cars while crossing the river. It’s a great trip.”


The Train to Christmas Town is only available for a few more days. Tickets are available on December 21-23. Tickets for December 26-27 are listed as sold out, so please call for availability. There are three classes of service: Standard, First Class, and Diamond with prices ranging from $59/adult or adult with babe in arms and $49/children (2-12) to $79/adult or adult with babe in arms and $69/children (2-12). Reservations are required by calling the Saratoga North Creek Railway or by booking online. Enjoy Christmas Town!   

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.

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