Virginia's Legendary Santa Trains

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Beginning in the 1950s, department stores around the Commonwealth teamed up with rail lines to create a magical Christmas adventure: the Santa Train. Delight-filled children from Richmond and Alexandria to Roanoke flocked to see and ride the trains sponsored by Miller & Rhoads, Cox's Department Store, J.C. Penney and many others. These majestic trains rode the rails across Virginia with old Saint Nick himself. Join railroad author Doug Riddell and former Miller & Rhoads Snow Queen Donna Strother Deekens as they recount heartwarming memories of Christmases past and chronicle the history of Virginia's Kris Kringle trains.
ISBN: 9781626191402
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Images: 88
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Donna Strother Deekens is owner of Teapots, Treats & Traditions. She has performed professionally as an actress, soloist, entertainer and public speaker. She played the role of a "Snow Queen" to the "Real Santa" from 1971 to 1989 at the Miller & Rhoads department store in Richmond, Virginia. She is the author of three books, "Christmas at Miller & Rhoads: Memoirs of a Snow Queen"; "Santaland: A Miller & Rhoads Christmas"; "Virginia's Legendary Santa Trains" (co-authored with Doug Riddell) and “The Real Santa of Miller & Rhoads: The Extraordinary Life of Bill Strother”.
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