The Santa Train came to town!

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Christmas is right around the corner!

For kids in parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, Christmas is coming a little early.

The CSX Santa Train hit the tracks early Saturday morning in Pike County.

It is not December 25th yet, but a train moved through three states bringing Christmas joy to kids another year.

Kids waited for the Santa Train to come to town in Shelbiana.

Starting at 5 a.m., the kids lined up to meet Santa Claus and catch some Christmas cheer.

"Santa Claus is my favorite because this is my favorite holiday," said Hannah Ray, a 4-year-old girl from Floyd County.

Sam Sparks drove from Morehead with his two kids just to see Santa.

"They loved it. They weren't particularly fond of getting up at 5:30 in the morning, but they've come on stronger in the end," said Sparks.

Families from a homeless shelter in Pikeville joined in on the Christmas fun, too.

Sparks says he works at that shelter and loves seeing them enjoy the holiday season.

"It's just really nice that someone will provide something like this," said Sparks.

Aside from gifts and tasty treats, the Santa Train Team brought along the county music duo Thompson Square for entertainment at their final stop in Kingsport, TN.

"It's going to be awesome. We've never been on a train before. And to be a part of this and give kids a Christmas is amazing," said Shawna Thompson, singer in Thompson Square.

And those who fought the frigid weather say it was definitely worth it.

The event ended with a performance by Thompson Square and a parade in the streets of downtown Kingsport, TN.

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