The Essex Steam Train’s North Pole Express and Santa Special Elf Academy Train are the latest cancellations due to COVID-19.

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, your safety and comfort has been and continues to be our top priority. With that at the forefront of our minds and top of our list as we plan for the holidays, we have made the difficult, but responsible decision to postpone operation of The North Pole Express and Santa Special Elf Academy Train Excursions until 2021,” the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat posted on its Facebook page.

“Due to the close proximity within the train cars and the interactive nature of our beloved North Pole Express and Santa Special Elf Academy productions, it is in the best interest of our customers and entertainers to use our collective talents and produce an amazing outdoor experience at Essex Station this holiday season.”

But it will offer Christmas Adventures at Essex Station this year.

“This will be an interactive, safe and socially distant experience for you to enjoy with family and friends as you navigate the grounds on an approximately one-hour self-guided tour where sweet treats, photo opportunities, and a socially acceptable visit with Santa at his workshop are among the treats in store,” the Facebook post read.

“We are working very hard on this spectacular outdoor holiday display that encompasses the spirit of the season and keeps the magic of Christmas alive. Combine this with a two-hour dining ticket aboard The Essex Clipper Dinner Train for an extended and memorable experience for the more mature audience.”

Full details will soon be announced along with a schedule for dining experiences aboard The Holiday Essex Clipper Dinner Train.

Connecticut Media Group