Like an eccentric uncle, the holidays often sneak up on people and leave tinsel wherever they go. Deck the halls with today’s Groupon to Santa’s Railroad Wonderland at the Texas Transportation Museum. The event takes place 6 p.m.–9 p.m. and parking is free. Choose from the following options:
- For $5, you get one admission on Saturday, December 3 (up to a $10 value).
- For $5, you get one admission on Sunday, December 4 (up to a $10 value).
- For $5, you get one admission on Saturday, December 10 (up to a $10 value).
- For $5, you get one admission on Sunday, December 11 (up to a $10 value).<p>
Back for its 13th year, Santa’s Railroad Wonderland spreads family-friendly yuletide joy as decorations and entertainment inhabit the Texas Transportation Museum, which chronicles the history of San Antonio’s transportation with a 1941 depot, model-train layouts, full-size engines, a decorated 1911 steam locomotive and railroad cars, automobiles, horse carriages, and indoor and outdoor model trains. Visitors can peruse 40 acres of festive ornamentation, including a decked-out depot and life-size model trains beaming with colored bulbs and icicle lights. Hayrides are towed by a 1946 John Deere tractor, which runs on demand throughout the evening to accommodate freight-hopping reindeer. The Transportation Museum even sports its own version of Kris Kringle, an overall-donning conductor known as Choo Choo Claus, who keeps plenty of coal hidden in his sizeable beard. To wind down after visible holiday cheer, visitors can purchase a bite and enjoy piano tunes courtesy of the San Antonio Ragtime Society.
Although the Texas Transportation Museum sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.