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Special Events

With so many fun and exciting special events, you will want to experience the Grapevine Vintage Railroad over and over!

In the summer, sign up for one of the adventurous Great Train Robberies. In October, don't miss the family-friendly Halloween Treat Train for kids. For Christmas, there's the North Pole Express®, Christmas Wine Trains and After Christmas Trains. Take a ride with Day Out with Thomas™ or one of the many Grapevine wineries.

Review the calendar below to purchase tickets or learn more about the many events that take place on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.

Share the Love Train - February 13
Hop aboard and ride the rails on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad (GVRR) during opening weekend for the 2016 season. To celebrate opening weekend, the GVRR will host the "Share the Love Train." On February 13, $3 of every ticket sold aboard the GVRR's 1 p.m. Fort Worth Stockyards excursion will be donated to charity. Tickets for the "Share the Love Train" are $26 per person for first-class seating and $18 per person for touring-class seating.

Riders may choose to donate to one or all of the pre-selected charities at ticket pickup at the Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St., on the day of the excursion. The pre-selected charities are:
• GRACE - Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) is a Grapevine, Texas based nonprofit relief agency which provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency. The philosophy of GRACE is that encouraging self-sufficiency will, in turn, encourage community cohesiveness. Compassion and assistance are offered as a response to God's grace by local churches in partnership with municipalities, businesses, civic organizations, and individuals.

• Grapevine Animal Shelter - Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is a division of the City of Grapevine. The Grapevine Animal Shelter is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals in Grapevine and educating others about responsible pet ownership. The Grapevine Animal Shelter serves the human and animal residents of Grapevine, Texas.

• A Wounded Veteran Organization - The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Riders aboard the GVRR's "Share the Love Train" will also have the opportunity to ‘send the love' to servicemen and women. Cards of well wishes will be available on each coach for riders to sign. These cards will be collected and sent to troops through a local organization. Each rider aboard the 1 p.m. Fort Worth Stockyards excursion on Saturday, February 13 will also receive one "I ? GVRR" bracelet. Purchase Tickets

Spring Fling - March 14-18
Beginning March 14 through March 18, hop aboard Spring Fling on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
- Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursion: The Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16, excursions depart for the Fort Worth Stockyards at 1 p.m., arriving at approximately 2:20 p.m. The return trip to Grapevine departs the Stockyards at 4:15 p.m., and returns at approximately 5:45 p.m. The Thursday, March 17, Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 excursions will depart for the Fort Worth Stockyards at 11 a.m., arriving at approximately 12:20 p.m. The return trip to Grapevine departs the Stockyards at 2:15 p.m., and returns at approximately 3:45 p.m.
- Trinity River Ride: The Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16 excursions depart the Fort Worth Stockyards at 2:45 p.m. and return at approximately 3:45 p.m. The Thursday, March 17, Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 excursions excursions depart the Fort Worth Stockyards at 12:45 p.m. and return at approximately 1:45 p.m.
- Saturday Fun Train: On Saturday, March 19, the Saturday Fun Train will depart Grapevine at 9:30 a.m. and will return to Grapevine at 10:30 a.m.

The Monday through Friday excursions will feature interactive games and activities onboard. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure time on all excursions. Regular schedule resumes Sunday, March 20. Purchase Tickets

Jazz Wine Trains - March 18 & 19
One of the most popular annual events in Grapevine, the Jazz Wine Trains are the perfect way to enjoy a wonderful weekend evening on a vintage rail excursion. The festivities begin as riders are treated to tastings from Grapevine's winery tasting rooms, passed hors d'oeuvres and live jazz entertainment, all in the beautiful setting of the historic Grapevine Vintage Railroad's 1920s Victorian-style coaches. Boarding begins at 7 p.m. with departure promptly at 7:30 p.m. and returning at approximately 10 p.m. Tickets are $59 per person and riders must be 21 and older. Purchase tickets

Easter Bunny Train - March 26 & 27
On Saturday, March 26 the Easter Bunny will be greeting guests and riding along on the 10 a.m. Family Fun Train, the Fort Worth Stockyards 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. excursions. Stockyards Trinity River Ride on Saturday, March 26. On Sunday, March 27, there will also be a special afternoon Easter Fun Train at 2 p.m. The train will not go to the Fort Worth Stockyards on Sunday, March 27. 

Day Out With ThomasTM - April 1-3, 8-10
Note: There are no train excursions to the Fort Worth Stockyards during these dates.
Bring the entire family to enjoy this special opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine at regional heritage railroads across the country. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Purchase tickets

Great Train Robberies - Saturdays and Sundays - May 28 - September 3
As the train departs Grapevine and heads towards Fort Worth, the train is stopped by train robbers. Your little deputies onboard can help capture the notorious outlaws and let the train continue on its way. 

Memorial Day Train - May 30
Hop aboard this special Monday excursion to the Fort Worth Stockyards. 

Labor Day Train - September 5
Hop aboard this special Monday excursion to the Fort Worth Stockyards. 

North Pole Express® - November 25 - December 23
Note: There are no train excursions to the Fort Worth Stockyards during these dates.
Imagine the joy on the faces of your children and grandchildren as they experience the magic of Grapevine's North Pole Express! Guests begin their journey as they board the beautifully decorated Grapevine Vintage Railroad's Victorian rail coaches. As the train departs and the anticipation of arriving at the North Pole builds, elves will welcome the guests and sing traditional Christmas songs. Then, a magical moment! As the train draws closer to the North Pole, Mrs. Claus makes a special appearance to give each child a "We Believe" silver Santa bell. Guests then arrive at the North Pole and walk along a snowy Christmas Tree trail, where, as they wait for an appearance by Santa, guests are entertained with songs and magical Christmas moments. Finally, Santa arrives! Santa wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and then shares his Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk served in a memory mug to all the boys and girls. Families will also receive a voucher for a complimentary Family Photo with Santa. Tickets will go on sale in July 2016.

Christmas Wine Trains - December 1, 8, 15
This favorite seasonal event is a festive Christmas event for grown-ups. Each train features a different Grapevine urban winery. Hors d'ouevres will also be served. Additional wine will be available for purchase. Buy your tickets early as these train experiences sell out quickly. Riders must be 21 and over. Tickets will go on sale in the Fall of 2016.

After Christmas Trains - December 26-30
Looking for something fun to do during your holiday break? Hop aboard the train with daily train excursions to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Tickets will go on sale in the Fall of 2016.

Note: Due to mechanical requirements, engine and equipment changes may occur without notice. The 1896 steam locomotive, "Puffy," is in service on the first Saturday of most months throughout the year, as well as specially advertised excursions. The 1953 diesel locomotive, "Vinny," is used for the regularly scheduled weekly service.