This event benefits the educational programs and development of Kirby Family Farm, a 501c3 educational facility for at-risk and special needs children
Kirby Family Farm is open year around offering its outreach programs and educational experiences. Like many other educational facilities and museums, periodically during the year the organization invites supporters to come out for themed events as our way to say Thank you, educate, and raise awareness about the programs and mission of Kirby Family Farm.
We take the opportunity of these themed events one step further and use them as a teaching and practice tool that enables the teens and young people we work with to interact with strangers in supervised settings. They help the youth to utilize and share their knowledge of our exhibits. We witness the results greatly help to develop life skills that will benefit them in the workforce and daily communication with others in common society settings.
The youth and all the volunteers are passionate and dedicated to offering an experience you can remember!
These events benefit the programs and development of Kirby Family Farm. Kirby Family Farm is a 501c3 educational facility working with at-risk and special needs children. Last year thousands children visited the farm through various programs and events at no cost, thanks in part to great folks like you who believe in the mission of Kirby Family Farm. So come out in support with your family and having a great time!
It’s the 6th year hosting this family fun event to support our organization. Experience the #1 Christmas Train in Florida! You’ll get to see Christmas lights like you’ve never seen before as you take the 20-minute journey around the Kirby Family Farm property on our authentic, narrow-gauge historic locomotive. But The Christmas Train is so much more than a train ride! The Christmas Express is a wonderful holiday event that runs on select nights in November and December. There is lots of activities to see and do, and we recommend at least 2-3 hours for the entire Christmas Express experience.
The highlight of the evening is a featured train ride through thousands and thousands of Christmas lights pulled by our old-fashioned locomotive, one of only three just like her still in operation in the world! Enjoy more activities and amusement rides, a ride on the farm’s imported Italian carousel, live entertainment, free visit with Ol’ Saint Nick, and great food too! It’s sure to become part of your family’s Christmas tradition!
It’s more than just a train ride!
LIVE SHOW! We are excited to welcome the Elf Circus presented by Cirque Adventure, an Aerial and Acrobatic Christmas Show included FREE with your General Admission Donation. *This live Christmas show will be available all 18 dates prior to Christmas. It will not be featured for the dates following Christmas.
Florida’s Christmas Train
CHRISTMAS BUDDIES CHARACTER EXPERIENCES! Last year was our first year for our Christmas character experiences. After visiting Ol’ Saint Nick, families with Golden Tickets will be invited to meet Rudolph, a friendly Abominable Snowman, and The Christmas Princess in special settings perfect for pictures. Pictures are FREE with your camera or phone!
GIANT MOVIE SCREEN IS BACK! Back by popular demand! Bring some folding chairs. Seriously, you’re encouraged to bring a chair and watch Christmas classics on our giant movie screen! It’s GIGANTIC!
Food, Children’s Rides, Gifts, and more!
Hosted by Volunteers, the entire event helps the development and programs Kirby Family Farm offers at-risk and special needs children who need a friend, or a farm, to help them through life’s challenges. It’s all held on-site at Kirby Family Farm in Williston, FL, which is located just outside of Ocala and Gainesville, Florida, approximately twenty minutes from Interstate 75.
The Christmas Train chugs its way through the Holiday season on certain nights throughout the month of December. Gates open at 6pm, guests with Advance Registration may be allowed early entry. The first train ride is scheduled to leave at 6:30 and runs approximately every half hour. Last ride is at 9:30 if necessary and gates close promptly at 10pm each evening.
How much are tickets and who needs one?
General Admission:We ask for a $10 donation per person in advance, ages 3 and up, $15 at the gate if available. Children 2 and under are FREE, no donation is requested. Children 2 and under may be required to sit on their parent or guardians lap aboard the train.
Golden Ticket: Save in Advance! The all-inclusive Golden ticket includes everything an General ticket includes PLUS all optional activities. An all-inclusive Golden ticket combo pass is available for $20 donation in advance.
What does my ticket include?
Your General Admission donation includes the following:
Entrance onto the farm
Featured ride through thousands and thousands of Christmas lights aboard our old-fashioned railroad
Visit with Santa, pictures are FREE also, with your camera or cellphone
Visit vendors who may have just the right treat or gift for you or your special someone Enjoy Christmas movies on our Giant Outdoor movie screen
Giant Checkers, Corn Hole, and other fun games
The All-New Elf Circus Live Christmas
Show Presented by Cirque Adventure
Ride on the Kirby’s imported Italian carousel
Optional activities are available by obtaining an all-inclusive Golden ticket unlimited wristband (includes ALL basic and optional activities).
Optional activities for this year are, The Christmas Buddies Experiences. Your family or group can visit with Santa, then say Hello to Rudolph, a friendly Abominable Snowman, and The Christmas Princess in special settings perfect for pictures!
The all new adventure where you are needed to ward off the evil Gingerbread Men trying to kidnap Santa and stop Christmas! You’ll load up on wagons to help Mr. Kirby and the family search for the Evil Gingerbread Men. You have three ways you can help save Christmas, the 1st is helping spot the Gingerbread Men, the 2nd, with purchase of “Frosting Shots” you can “Frost” the Gingerbread Men so they will leave Santa and Christmas alone, and 3rd, you can be a scorekeeper for your row! *For clarification: Don’t ruin it for you children, but this is a paintball experience that is safe for all ages. The “Frosting Shots” are paintballs, and the paintball guns are securely mounted on the wagon so they cannot be turned towards anyone riding, but only out away from the wagon.
There’s children’s rides too. You can expect at least 8 additional activities available to enjoy with a Golden Ticket.
Please note the live Christmas show and the Santa and the Christmas Buddies character experiences will not be available for the 5 nights following Christmas. Alternative live entertainment after Christmas may be available, but not guaranteed. Christmas Buddies will be making random stage appearances throughout the evenings.