Wonderland Train

Wonderland Train
All aboard the Wonderland Train!

Introducing a new holiday experience for East Texas.

Join us this December for a jolly good ride aboard the Wonderland Train as we travel from the beautiful historic depot in Longview to the Wonderland of Lights in Marshall. Tickets are available now. The Wonderland Train is a partnership effort between Visit Longview Texas and Visit Marshall Texas, and is sponsored by CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System.

Your evening adventure begins at 5:45 pm at the Longview depot, where weโ€™ll have music, refreshments, crafts, and photo opportunities. At 6:15, weโ€™ll hop on board the eastbound Amtrak Texas Eagle for a 40-minute train ride through the piney woods of East Texas.

Our destination is Marshallโ€™s annual holiday celebration known as the Wonderland of Lights. The downtown event features music performances, an outdoor ice skating rink, horse-drawn carriages, trackless train, and a vintage 1948 Herschel carousel, all surrounding the beautifully decorated Harrison County Courthouse. You can also make precious memories in Santa's Village, a collection of tiny homes each featuring a fun, free activity: build a train, decorate a cookie, and visit with the big guy himself. Tickets for ice skating and other paid activities are available at the event or in advance online. Wonderland Train riders will receive one free ticket for the carousel!

At 9:00 pm, weโ€™ll board a charter bus for the return trip to Longview.

Wonderland Train tickets are $20 per person. Purchase by Black Friday, November 29, for only $15 using promo code Wonderland2019. Only a limited number of tickets are available, so reserve your tickets while they last.

๐—˜๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ*
5:45 - 6:15 pm Longview Depot Check-in and Activities
6:15 - 7:00 pm Ride Texas Eagle Amtrak
7:00 - 9:00 pm Marshall Wonderland of Lights
9:00 - 9:40 pm Return to Longview on charter bus.

๐—”๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€:
Sunday, December 8
Saturday, December 14
Saturday, December 21
Sunday, December 29**

*The schedule is dependent on the arrival Amtrak train, which is sometimes delayed. In the event of excessive delay, Wonderland Train participants may ride the chartered bus to Marshall instead.

**Santaโ€™s Village in downtown Marshall will not be open on Sunday, December 29 date, but other activities will be open.

Frequently Asked Questions:

๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—œ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜† ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€?
Purchase tickets onlineTickets are $20 per person. Purchase by Black Friday for only $15 per person using promo code Wonderland2019.
Please note, tickets for the round-trip Wonderland Train event are sold directly through the Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau, not through Amtrak. (Regular train tickets purchased through Amtrak do not include special activities or return ride to Longview).

๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ?
Tickets are very limited with a maximum of 50 tickets each date. Get your tickets before they are gone.

๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐˜€?
No, but anyone can purchase before Black Friday for a discounted price of only $15.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—”๐—บ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ธ/๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ?
Amtrak/Longview Depot is located at 905 Pacific Avenue, Longview, Tx 75602. This historic building is conveniently found off of Mobberly Ave. east of downtown. Parking is available at the Depot and adjacent at Longview Transit.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป?
We will have coach seats on the train and will board the train as a group. After boarding, if seating is available within the first-come first-serve Upper Level Superliner Sightseer Lounge, we recommend riding there.

๐——๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜'๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฝ?
Amtrak guidelines allow for children under the age of 2 to ride as a lap child without a ticket. Accordingly, everyone age 2 or older will need to purchase a ticket for the Wonderland Train. Also, car seats are not needed for children on the train or return trip on the charter bus. 

๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ?
Amtrak has food, beer, and wine available for purchase on the train ride. Food is also available for purchase in downtown Marshall. You are also welcome to bring your own food or snacks with you; however, please read Amtrakโ€™s guidelines for bringing personal food and beverage. 

Also, please refrain from bringing any coolers or other items that need to be stowed.

๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ?
Refunds are available for any reason 10 days or more prior to the event. Please contact 903-239-5536 to request a refund.

If the eastbound train to Longview is significantly behind schedule, we will provide a round-trip ride to Marshall on the charter bus as an alternative to the train ride.

If the weather causes cancellation of Marshall's Wonderland of Lights, ticket refunds will be provided.

๐—œ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—บ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜?
Yes, you can check the status of arriving trains on Amtrak.com or using the Amtrak mobile app.
Click โ€œTrain Statusโ€
Enter โ€œLongview, TXโ€ as the station
Enter โ€œ422โ€ as the train number.

๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป?
Unfortunately, a round trip train ride on Amtrak isnโ€™t possible within the same evening due to the train schedule. The Texas Eagle travels between Longview and Marshall each evening as part of a much larger journey that connects from San Antonio to Chicago. The westbound train travels westbound from Marshall to Longview each morning. If you are looking for a fun round-trip train ride day trip from Longview, we suggest taking the morning westbound train to either Mineola or Dallas, and returning that evening. Check out our story on that adventure.

๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป?
Yes, but please let us know if that is your plan so that we can properly account for all passengers for the return trip.

๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—œ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜† ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—นโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€?
Wonderland of Lights activity tickets can be purchased in person in Marshall during the event. Activity tickets can also be pre-purchased online with particular time slots. However, please realize that the scheduled arrival of the Wonderland Train is subject to change due to unplanned Amtrak delays. Wonderland Train will not be responsible for or refund Wonderland of Lights pre-purchased activities.