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Redfield plans ‘Christmas at the Depot’

Posted: Monday, Dec 3rd, 2012

The C&NW Historic Railroad Depot in Redfield announces its upcoming, Christmas at the Depot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A special feature this year, in addition to the Live Nativity from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, will be the Lebahn Family Christmas train, which will be providing train rides from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

There will also be displays of Fenner’s Model Trains as well as more than 30 Christmas trees decorated by local residents and groups

The Lebahn Holiday Train was brought to life in 2005 after evolving from a float that was built by Dave Lebahn in 2002 for the Sioux Falls Parade of Lights as a way to cheer up his 6-year-old nephew who was undergoing cancer treatment for bone cancer. With the help of his brothers, Fred and Merlon, as well as many family and friends, the first float called the Snowball Express was created. The Snowball Express resembled a 1920s truck with tracks and skis. In 2003, additions were made to include a sledding scene, and a bi-wing plane that sat above the crowds just below the street lights.

In 2004 they built Snow Boat, a 35-foot paddle boat that was all decked out in Christmas lights with big paddle wheels that covered the street from curb to curb.

The Lebahn Holiday Train is comprised of several parts. The engine is a converted two-ton grain truck while the coal car is made from a fire engine utility box. The frame of the passenger car is made out of a cattle feeder and the caboose was created from scratch.

Passengers will be welcomed on the Lebahn Holiday Train for free 20 minute rides. The coal car can hold about 16 people, while the passenger car and caboose hold approximately 25 people. Both the passenger car and caboose have benches, are heated and decorated with a Christmas theme.

On Friday night, passengers at the Depot will be able to purchase pizza, hot chocolate, hot cider or bottled water while waiting for the train.

Redfield Tourism is pleased to be able to host the Lebahn Holiday Train for Christmas at the Depot. Sponsors include Great Western Bank, Heartland State Bank, Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, Gillette Law Office, Paul and Corrine Gillette, Thelen Funeral Home and Precision Soil Management.

The weekend schedule is:


• Depot open 1 to 8p.m. (Closed during the parade of lights which takes place on Main Street Redfield beginning at 5:30 p.m. The theme of the parade this year will be transportation.)

Anyone wishing to take part in the parade by entering a float may contact the Redfield Area Chamber of Commerce at the Redfield City Hall, 605-472-4550.

• On display will be Fenner’s Model Trains and decorated Christmas Trees

• Lebahn Family Christmas Train Rides will take place 6 to 8 p.m.

• Holiday open house at participating businesses, 5 to 8 p.m.

Santa Saturday

• Depot open from noon to 8 p.m.

• Fenner’s Model Trains and decorated Christmas Trees on display

• Lebahn Family Christmas Train Rides, 2 to 8 p.m.

• Live Nativity, 1 to 3 p.m.

• Santa and Mrs. Clause available for visits and pictures from 1 to 3 p.m. Children will have the chance to visit with Santa and receive a special treat bag sponsored by the Redfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

• Redfield Area Chamber of Commerce Children’s Free Movie Matinee at the Cinema Theater


• Depot open from 1 to 4 p.m.

• Live musical entertainment at Depot, 3 p.m.

• Spink County Relay for Life 5K Santa Sprint and 2k Hot Chocolate Walk at the Redfield High School, 4 p.m. registration.

• 5 to 7 p.m., Spink County Relay for Life spaghetti supper for 5K Santa Sprinters and 2K Hot Chocolate Walkers, as well as supporters and the public.

For the complete article see the 12-02-2012 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 12-02-2012 paper.

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