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Christmas Train at Dry Gulch
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Reason for the Season

If you have not been to Dry Gulch USA, you owe it to yourself to get tickets this year and attend... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
pamault
via mobile
A Wonderful experience.

I had tried to get tickets for 3 years in a row and finally made it. We loved the entire experience... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2015
vickimig
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Idabel, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 15 December 2014

First off - my 2 star rating is based completely on our 2014 experience. We've attended for the last 3 years. Has always been a really neat Christian Christmas experience - great for families and kids. If you've never been and have young kids, definitely do this ONCE!
The first year we went deserved 5-stars. Second year 3-stars.
This year was our worst experience. Seems like they are issuing more tickets than they have in the past...lines and wait times were much longer. They give preference to their own groups/families/churches/friends or something. You should expect to wait in line - while their "preferred guests" get escorted directly to the front. Is only open 4-hours a night which is not enough time to take everything in....unless of course you are a 1st class guest.
The food is good - on par with the prices. Restrooms are clean. Most of the staff/volunteers are super nice, very friendly and helpful. Tickets are very hard to get. Best option is to be online the moment they go on sale.
Personally, I don't like having my family subjected to second rate service so they can play favorites with their friends - our money and time is just as valuable as anyone else's. We will not be back.

Date of experience: December 2014
2  Thank Bryan W
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Reviewed 8 December 2014

This is a fun adventure for a Saturday night only if you can arrive around 5:45. There is a lot to do but to get your money & drive worth....arrive early. Went 3 years ago and it was open later than it is now. Arrived at 6:20, met up with friends at the entrance. Enjoyed the free wagon ride telling the Night Before Christmas. Then got in line for the train...waited right at 30 minutes as stated, rode the train which was a decent experience & 15 minutes...a little scary for little kids. Grabbed a bite to each which was tasty and affordable. Everyone used the restrooms then off at 9:00 to do a few more things....but they said "we are not selling tickets right now"...huh...right now. OK, went to find a hot chocolate and let the kids play on the playground. Went back at 9:20 to get tickets and they said they were sold out for the night. Park closed at 10...10?? Last time it was open until 11. So my promise to eat good and be rewarded with bumper cars went out the window. The kids rode the carousel one more time and we drove home. So to sum it up...drove in Friday traffic 1 hr 35 minutes, did essentially 2 big events, ate and drove 1 hr 35 minutes home (jenks). Not worth it. Deeply disappointed that they closed at 10:00. Granted if I had not been stuck in traffic and gotten there right at 6:00 it might have been different but buy a few tickets/tokens before you do anything else! DEEPLY disappointed. Will NOT be back.

If you are not going to sell tickets after 9:00 then vacate the booth and roll down the curtain & turn off the lights. Don't let people think the kids can still do things. Some 6-9 year olds can have quite a stamina to do everything then sleep on the car ride home!

Date of experience: December 2014
1  Thank S B
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Reviewed 30 November 2014 via mobile

This is our family Christmas tradition and it is the 4th year we were able to go. As corny as it sounds it truly is a magical experience. The sight of the old western town all decked out in white lights for Christmas is beautiful! The highlight is definitely the ride on the Christmas Train where the story of Christ us told from the beginning to the resurrection. It is illustrated with beautiful artwork as well as with live scenes. It is very moving and reminds you of the true meaning of Christmas. There is a free wagon ride with a reading of 'The Night Before Christmas' as well as a fee puppet show. This year they had a new pie shop which was super cute. The prices for the extras, bumper cars, rope course, etcetera are very reasonable. If you are lucky enough to be able to go (getting tickets isn't always easy) be sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit the shops, grab a bite eat, ride some rides and just walk around taking in the sights. We get there as early as possible and stay until they close!

1  Thank Girlwholovestoread
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

Love this place. It's family oriented and yes, there's a Christmas message but I never felt I was being "scared straight" and it's nothing remotely akin to a revival. The train ride takes you through the birth and death of Jesus Christ, the true meaning of Christmas to Christians around the world but this is just a small part of the experience. There are wonderful shops to visit, and lots of things for kids young and old to do. The place is manned by volunteers who are very kind and talented. It's like walking back into time and the whole experience is wonderful. I've gone several times and love it more each time and cannot understand anyone who would enjoy themselves here.

Date of experience: November 2013
6  Thank AksmithOklahoma
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

Great for all people, no matter what you believe...it has a simple message & reminds us all of the real meaning of Christmas... So enjoyable!

Date of experience: December 2013
5  Thank H2OU
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