Strasburg Events in 2008






Are you thinking about visiting Strasburg but don't know when yet? Here are some of the special Strasburg events that will be taking place throughout 2008.

The dates, times, and admission prices are accurate as of the time of this posting. However, it is possible that changes may occur as the year progresses.

Therefore, please check back periodically to see if there have been any updates. We will plan to list more events as information becomes available.




Antique Fairs, Auctions and Mud Sales

Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale - Visit this annual Mud sale and watch (or participate!)as lots of items including home-made furniture, antiques, quilts, crafts, farm machinery, horses, mules, farm animals, tools, groceries, fruit, and homemade food will be auctioned off.

  • Location: Strasburg Fire Company, 46 W. Main St., Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717)-687-7232
  • Date: February 23, 2008
  • Time: Starts at 8:00 AM
  • Admission: Free


Strasburg Heritage Day Antique and Craft Fair - Strasburg Heritage Day, now in its 36th year, features an outdoor antique and craft fair with up to 100 exhibit spaces in an open park setting. There will be plenty of food, music and a hand made quilt raffle. The Strasburg Museum will also be open.

  • Location: Playground Park, Funk and Fulton Streets, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: 717-687-3534
  • Date: September 13, 2008
  • Time: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Family Fun

Reading Railroad Days - Observe the 327th birthday of the Commonwealth, amid Pennsylvania made and operated historic rolling stock at the Keystone State’s official railroad museum.

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717)687-8628
  • Date: March 9, 2008
  • Time: Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


Walt Disney's Backyard Railroad -Walt Disney always loved trains and he was one of America’s greatest railroad fans, preserving real steam railroading at Disney theme parks throughout the world.

Members of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, including nationally-recognized Disney authority Michael Broggie (son of Disney’s first Imagineer Roger Broggie) will treat Museum visitors to a personal glimpse of this man who loved trains and the legends that surrounded him.

Take a ride on a miniature train, delight in fun Disney film clips, photographs and memorabilia and take advantage of activities and surprises the entire family will enjoy

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717)687-8628
  • Date: May 23, 2008 through May 25, 2008
  • Time:
    Friday, May 23, 2008 & Saturday, May 24, 2008: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday, May 25, 2008: Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Admission:
    $8.00 for adults from (18 to 59);
    $7.00 for Senior Citizens (60 +);
    $6.00 for Children and Young Adults (6 to 17);
    Free for Young Children (under 6)


Pennsys Days 2008 - The Pennsys Days Annual Weekend is traditionally filled with interesting activities for the entire family. There will be exhibits of original work by railroad artists and authors; displays of memorabilia and collectibles; historical presentations; tours of locomotives and railroad cars; operating model railroads and other special events for Railroad Museum visitors. The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society, Philadelphia chapter.

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717)687-8628
  • Date: May 30, 2008 through June 1, 2008
  • Time:
    Friday, May 30, 2008 & Saturday, May 31, 2008: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday, June 1, 2008: Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Admission:
    $8.00 for adults from (18 to 59);
    $7.00 for Senior Citizens (60 +);
    $6.00 for Children and Young Adults (6 to 17);
    Free for Young Children (under 6)


Day Out With Thomas - Join Thomas the Tank Engine, a full-sized, operating steam locomotive, as he chugs into town with his friends. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt. There will be storytelling, live music, and more fun for kids..

  • Location: Strasburg Rail Road, Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717)687-7522
  • Date: June 14, 2008 through June 22, 2008
    September 13, 2008 through September 21, 2008
    December 5, 2008 through December 7, 2008
  • Time: All Day
  • Admission: $18.00 a person, ages 2 and up. It is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance either online or by calling Ticketweb at 866-468-7630.


Reading Railroad Days - Enjoy the remarkable Reading Railroad trains of eastern Pennsylvania history through tours of Reading Company equipment, a huge operating model railroad and special presentations.

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717)687-8628
  • Date: July 2, 2008 through July 6, 2008
  • Time:
    Monday through Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM;
    Sunday: Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Admission:
    $8.00 for adults from (18 to 59);
    $7.00 for Senior Citizens (60 +);
    $6.00 for Children and Young Adults (6 to 17);
    Free for Young Children (under 6)


Barons & Builders Day Camp - Kids build, create, learn and play as they explore railroads and railroad history through a program of unique tours, innovative hands-on projects and special demonstrations.

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717)687-8628
  • Date:
    Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18, 2008, for ages 9 & 10.Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1, 2008, for ages 11 & 12
  • Admission: Please call for details


Railroad Family Days - Sing along with popular railroad songs, enjoy legendary railroad stories, view operating model railroad layouts and displays, make take-home crafts and learn important railroad safety messages. This event provides a variety of other activities designed especially for families.

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: 717-687-8628
  • Date: August 13, 2008 to August 16, 2008
  • Admission: Included in regular museum admission fee. $8.00 for Adult, ages 18-59; $7.00 for Senior Citizen, ages 60 and over; $7.00 for Children and Teens, ages, 6-17; Free for Young Children, ages 6 and under


Hogwarts Express Parties - Children are encouraged to dress like their favorite Harry Potter character (optional) as they thrill to a reading from one of the J. K. Rowling new classic novels in the Railroad Museum’s historic P70 coach.

Kids also will enjoy nibbling on an especially "horrible" snack and making a take-home craft following the reading. Hogwarts Express Party activities are recommended for children ages 8 to 13, but children and adults of all ages who enjoy Harry Potter are welcome to participate

  • Phone: 717-687-8628
  • Date: August 13, 2008 to August 16, 2008
  • Admission: Advance registration, along with a $5.00 per child fee, is required for the limited number of places available. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Children age 6 and above and adults also will pay the usual admission to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

    $8.00 for Adult, ages 18-59; $7.00 for Senior Citizen, ages 60 and over; $7.00 for Children and Teens, ages, 6-17; Free for Young Children, ages 6 and under


  • Model Railroading Days - For fans of model railroad building, this event is for you. During the weekend you will be able to attend a great variety of exciting railroad model building workshops and activities. You will enjoy witnessing firsthand the complex operating layouts as well as demonstrations of the latest products at both the Railroad Museum and National Toy Train Museum.

    • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: 717-687-8628
    • Date: October 10, 2008 to October 12, 2008
    • Admission: Included in regular museum admission fee. $8.00 for Adult, ages 18-59; $7.00 for Senior Citizen, ages 60 and over; $7.00 for Children and Teens, ages, 6-17; Free for Young Children, ages 6 and under


    Garden Railway Tour -Take an enjoyable self-guided, private home tour of beautiful garden railways, operating layouts and special model train collections.

    • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone:(717)687-8628
    • Date: October 12, 2008
    • Admission: $6 per person for ages 6 and over


    Trains and Troops - Trains & Troops is the Museum's annual tribute to the U. S. Armed Forces, American railroads and all those who served, and are serving, overseas and on the home front in defense of our nation. Experience a fascinating array of military and military railroad service-related archival posters, uniforms, equipment, field gear, maps, books and photographs on display from participating exhibitors, as well as from the Railroad Museum's own collection. You will get to enjoy riding the troop trains on the Strasburg Rail Road with living history re-enactments on both days. The special train will be comprised of a Strasburg Rail Road historic steam locomotive, a boxcar, a military flatcar from the Railroad Museum’s collection, two coaches and a caboose.

    • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: (717)687-8628
    • Date: November 8, 2008 and November 9, 2008
    • Time: Saturday, November 8, 2008: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday, November 9: Noon to 5:00 PM
    • Admission: Included with regular Museum admission: $8.00 for Adults, ages 18 to 59; $7.00 for Senior Adults, ages 60 and over; $7.00 for Young Adults, ages 6 to 17, Free for Children, ages 5 and under. Veteran and active duty personnel receive discount. There is an additional charge for tickets to ride the troop trains: $14.00 for Persons, ages 12 and up; $9.00 for Children, ages 3 to 11, $3 for Young Children, ages under 3. Tickets to ride the troop trains are purchased separately by visiting the Strasburg Railroad or by going online at www.strasburgrailroad.com



    Holiday Celebrations


    Easter Bunny Train - Your whole family will enjoy a ride through beautiful farmland with Peter Cottontail as your Conductor. Peter will delight boys and girls with an Easter surprise as he greets them on board this special train. The countryside is especially beautiful during the springtime.

    • Location: Strasburg Rail Road, Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: 717-687-7522
    • Date: March 21, 2008 through March 23, 2008
    • Time:
      Friday, March 21, 2008: Noon-2:00 PM;
      Saturday, March 22, 2008: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM;
      Sunday, March 22, 2008: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Admission: $15.00 a person, ages 12 and up; $9.00 for Children between the ages of 3 and 11; $3.00 for toddlers under 3 years of age.


    Voices of Christmas - An engaging excursion of Christmases past, the show begins in Victorian times, delving into the people and stories behind Christmas traditions.

    Highlighting the voices that have carried the Christmas message throughout generations and returning to the announcement of the birth of the King of Kings.

    • Location: Sight & Sound® Living Waters Theatre, 202 Hartman Bridge Road, Strasburg, PA 17579 (1/2 mile from Rockvale Square Outlets, on Route 896 South of Route 30)
    • Phone: (717)687-7800
    • Date: November 1, 2008 through January 3, 2009
    • Time: Please call for times
    • Admission: $29.00 for Adults, over 18 years of age; $16.00 for Young Adults, ages 13 to 18; $12.00 for Children, ages 12 and under. Group, multi-show, and package discounts available.


    Miracle of Christmas - Presenting the lives of Mary and Joseph focusing on their relationship, experience of angelic visits, and the miracle of their son's birth.

    The show culminates in a joyful celebration as kings, angels and shepherds converge to welcome the infant King.

    • Location: Sight & Sound® Living Waters Theatre, 202 Hartman Bridge Road, Strasburg, PA 17579 (1/2 mile from Rockvale Square Outlets, on Route 896 South of Route 30)
    • Phone: (717)687-7800
    • Date: November 21, 2008 through January 3, 2009
    • Time: Please call for times
    • Admission: $40.00 for Adults, over 18 years of age(Weekdays Tuesdays through Thursdays); $50.00 for Adults, over 18(Weekends Fridays-Saturdays); $28.00 for Young Adults, ages 13 to 18; $16.00 for Children, ages 12 and under. Group, multi-show, and package discounts available.



    Home for the Holidays - Take a nostalgic glimpse at holiday rail travel. Meet costumed engineers, conductors, ticket agents and passengers representing the past century and enjoy seasonal music, festive decorations, Jack Frost Station and a Polar Express party for young children among the world-class collection of trains.

    • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: (717)687-8628
    • Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008 and Saturday, December 13, 2008
    • Time: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
    • Admission: Included with regular Museum admission: $8.00 for Adults, ages 18 to 59; $7.00 for Senior Adults, ages 60 and over; $7.00 for Young Adults, ages 6 to 17, Free for Children, ages 5 and under.


    Santa's Paradise Express - Recapture the magic of the holiday season. Potbelly stoves gently warm the passenger cars as you travel with Santa. Sing Christmas carols along with musicians as they stroll from car to car.

    • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: 717-687-8628
    • Date: December 8, 2007 and December 15, 2007
    • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Admission: There will be a charge of $5.00 for Non-Members in addition to the regular museum admission fee. There is no additional charge for Members. The regular museum admission fee : $7.00 for Adults, ages 18-59; $6.00 for Senior Adults, ages 60 and over; $5.00 for Youths, ages 6-17; Free for Young Children, ages 5 and under
    • Note: Limited to 20 children per party. Pre-registration is required. Call 717/687-8628, ext 3008 or email info@rrmuseumpa.org in advance to pre-register.


    Santa's Paradise Express - Recapture the magic of the holiday season. Potbelly stoves gently warm the passenger cars as you travel with Santa. Sing Christmas carols along with musicians as they stroll from car to car. If you listen carefully, you may even hear the sounds of ringing bells.

    • Location: Strasburg Rail Road, Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: 717-687-7522
    • Date:
      December 12, 2008 through December 14, 2008
      December 19, 2008 through December 21, 2008
    • Time: All day
    • Admission: $16.00 for Persons 12 years of age and older; $10.00 for Children, ages 3 through 11; $4.00 for Toddlers, under 3 years of age.



    Romantic Evenings

    Wine & Cheese Train - Complimentary wine, cheese and crackers are provided with First-Class accommodations on the Parlor Car. Beer, mixed drinks, non-alcoholic hot & cold beverages are also available for purchase.

    • Location: Strasburg Rail Road, Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: 717-687-7522
    • Date: Every Saturday from April through November of 2008. During July and August of 2008 there will also be rides every Friday as well.
    • Time: From April 5, 2008 through June 7, 2008, the trains depart at 6:00 PM
      Saturday, June 14 and June 21, 2008: Departure is at 7:00 PM
      Saturday, June 28, 2008: Deaprture is at 6:00 PM
      From July 4 to August 30, 2008: Departure is at 7:00 PM
      Saturday, September 6, 2008: Departure is at 6:00 PM
      Saturday, September 13 and September 20, 2008: Departure is at 7:00 PM
      From Saturday, September 27 through November 29, 2008: Departure is at 6:00 PM
    • Admission: $30.00. Note: People riding aboard the First Class Parlor Car on designated Wine & Cheese Trains must be 21 years or older. A photo ID is required to board the train.


    Taking the Swing Train '40s Dance - Come and swing to the popular Sound of Roses live band among the trains in the Railroad Museum’s awe inspiring Rolling Stock Hall.

    For extra fun, you can even come in uniform or ‘40s clothing.

    • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: (717)687-8628
    • Date: November 8, 2008
    • Time: 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM
    • Admission: Special savings combination ticket, per person, for the dance and both days of Trains & Troops: $30.00; Dance ticket only, per person: $20.00; Veterans and active duty service personnel, per person: $15.00. Dance tickets should be purchased in advance by phone at (717)687-8628, ext 3008, in person at the Whistle Stop Shop museum store, or by going online at www.strasburgrailroad.com



    Theater

    Daniel and the Lions' Den - This musical drama features memorable moments such as the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to bow to the massive golden statute followed by their punishment in the furnace, along with Daniel's experience in a den of hungry lions.

    • Location: Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre®, 300 Hartman Bridge Road, on Route 896 South off Route 30, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: (717) 687-7800(
    • Date: February 16, 2008, 2007 to May 17, 2008
    • Time: There is a show every day except on Mondays. Please telephone for show times.
    • Admission:
      Weekday (Tues-Thurs: adults-$47.00; teens-$28.00, children-$16.00Weekend (Fri-Sat): adults-$54.00, teens-$28.00, children-$16.00


    Abraham and Sarah - Follow Abraham and Sarah throughout their lives and discover their overwhelming faith in God.

    • Location: Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre®, 300 Hartman Bridge Road, on Route 896 South off Route 30, Strasburg, PA 17579
    • Phone: (717) 687-7800(
    • Date: March 28, 2008 through September 20, 2008
    • Time: There is a show every day except on Mondays. Please telephone for show times.
    • Admission:
      Adults: $34.00; Teens: $16.00; Children: $12.00





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