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Operating Thursdays and Saturdays, starting November 30th. Ride to the Bentleyville Tour of Lights aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Skip the hastle of parking at Bayfront, and enjoy a meal at Fitgers before or after your tour (not included with your ticket). All tickets are round-trip included for the short, 10-minute ride to Bentleyville and back.

Tickets are just $10 each, sold online only.  Please allow time for parking at Fitgers, Saturdays are the busiest, but it is a great place to return to after exploring the magic of the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Keep your parking meter stub and get it validated at any of the Fitger’s shops, or with an attendant from the railroad, at Fitger’s. If you’re not familiar with Fitger’s, it is a large former factory converted into a shopping mall, complete with restaurants, and event a hotel. There’s lots of great shopping and eating you can plan for before or after your ride. The train itself takes about 10 minutes once running, but allow for plenty of time for loading and unloading on this very popular trip.

Departure times are listed below, along with convenient optional return times from Bentleyville (subject to changes):

Departure Times from Fitgers: Return Times from Bentleyville:

This train operates on Thursdays and Saturdays, and additionally on Friday, December 22nd. A full calendar of operating dates can be found here. The excursion ride is about 2 miles round-trip, and designed to serve a shuttle service into the Bentleyville event, while also supplying a fun train ride.

Due to the historic nature of the railroad equipment and un-even surfaces leading to the boarding platform, this train is not wheelchair accessible. Only small strollers are allowed but must be able to fold up and be stowed on the train. Very uneven terrain for loading and unloading, and large strollers are NOT recommended. Children 2 and under are free and do not need tickets.

To do this train as well as the Christmas City Express: The Christmas City Express Story Performance and Train Ride has moved to the Duluth Depot (ONLY), and trains no longer depart from Fitgers, making the ability to do both on the same night very difficult. Learn more about the Christmas City Express here.