Step Aside Rudolph, Ripley's Sightseeing Trains Are Santa's Choice of Transportation During Visit to St Augustine

St. Augustine, FL (PressExposure) May 27, 2009 -- It will look a lot like Christmas this weekend in St. Augustine. More than 60 Santas, Ms. Claus and elves are set to show up for a weekend of fun, fellowship, learning and story sharing.

During their stay in America’s oldest city, the Palm Tree Santas have decided to rely on Ripley’s historic Sightseeing Trains, also known as the Red Trains, to get around town!

“It’s going to be a great photo opportunity,” said Ed Shaffer, GM of Ripley’s St. Augustine. “All of the Santa’s - in variations of their red suits and white beards – riding the Red Trains will certainly be cause for some double-takes from the pedestrians in town! We’re proud that they chose us to provide them transportation. Ripley’s doesn’t have a red nose like Rudolph, but we have the Red Trains!”

The Santas will be arriving Friday afternoon, May 29 at their host hotel, the Holiday Inn Historic and will be dining at the Century Buffet Friday night. After a Saturday morning breakfast, the Santas will gather in the Flagler Room at the Holiday Inn at 9 a.m. for their pledge and the signing of the “SANTA CLAUS OATH” by all of the Palm Tree Santas. ( )

When the official business is over, around 11:30, the Red Trains will pick up the Santas for a narrated tour of the city. After the excursion, the Santas will enjoy the Historic District’s myriad shopping opportunities and will be seen strolling, shopping, posing for free pictures and having lunch. The Red Trains will pick up the Santas at 4:30 and transport them back to the Holiday Inn.

The Santas will again board the Red Train for dinner Saturday night at the famous Schooners Seafood Restaurant to enjoy more of the local cuisine. The Santa's will conclude their weekend with breakfast and a round table discussion Sunday morning.

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About The Palm Tree Santa’s

The Palm Tree Santa's ( is an organization of principled gentlemen dedicated to the art of authenticity in the portraying of Santa Claus for the benefit of children everywhere. Most are residents of the State of Florida. This is their fourth annual spring gathering.


Ed Shaffer Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum Ripley's Sightseeing Trains (904) 824-1606

Santa Bob Elkin Palm Tree Santas 813-230-9254

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley’s Sighteeing Trains ( is St. Augustine’s original sightseeing train tour. Established in 1953, the trains offers fully narrated historical tours by the city-certified conductors. The trains provide step on and off privileges at more than 20 stops throughout town, including historic sites, restaurants and shopping areas. Each ticket is good for up to three days of transportation and provides free on-demand shuttle service to and from the area’s hotels and bed and breakfasts. Ripley’s Sightseeing Trains are part of the Ripley Entertainment family of attractions, which now number more than 70 companies in12 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Group company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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Press Release Submitted On: May 27, 2009 at 2:49 pm
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