The annual Santa Train excursion and Kingsport Christmas Parade are breaking tradition in 2017.
Families in Virginia and Tennessee will now have two special dates to celebrate the Christmas season- first with the 110-mile trek of St. Nick on Nov. 18 and the parade in the Model City on Dec. 2.
The time-honored tradition of Santa Claus making an early appearance in the Coalfields of Kentucky and Virginia has its celebrity guest for 2017.
Country and bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs, a Kentucky native, will be riding aboard the 75th anniversary express through the mountains, CSX said.
History tidbits and other information on the Santa Train can be found by clicking here.