The Star-Herald

Kids can soon board Wintergreen Express

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Wintergreen Arts Center announces that popular holiday event The Wintergreen Express will take off two weekends in December.  Families may choose from Friday, Dec. 7 or Dec. 14, or Saturday, Dec. 8 or Dec. 15, to take a ride on the “magic trolley.”

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 19, at 12 noon, and are available online at www.wintergreenarts.org. Click on Wintergreen Express Tickets, www.wintergreenarts.org/wordpress/wintergreen-express-tickets/.  Tickets are also available over the phone at (207) 762-3576, or at the center, 149 State Street, Presque Isle.  

With the purchase of a $10 roundtrip golden ticket, each passenger climbs aboard Presque Isle Historical Society’s Molly the Trolley, who magically transforms herself into The Wintergreen Express.  As the conductor punches tickets, riders enjoy a special holiday trip to the North Pole (Wintergreen) where Santa’s elves serve hot cocoa and sing songs. Everyone gets to decorate sugar cookies, visit with Santa and take home a jingle bell souvenir.  

“This is Wintergreen’s sixth annual Wintergreen Express,” said Kim Guerrette Michaud, Wintergreen’s arts center board chair.  “We are joined by so many volunteers who truly make this a magical experience for the young and young-at-heart.”

Rides are intended for children ages 10 and under.  All children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.  Time of departure is to be selected when purchasing tickets.  Trolleys depart every 20 minutes from Gentile Hall at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.  All tickets are roundtrip from UMPI to Wintergreen and back to UMPI.

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