Pullen Park entry arch decorated for holidays.

Holiday Express

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Raleigh Parks has made the difficult decision to cancel Holiday Express for 2021. Raleigh Parks Director Oscar Carmona shares the announcement in this video.

The Holiday Express event at Pullen Park is one that we look forward to every year.  The event requires an incredible number of staff and volunteers to run successfully.  Unfortunately, we are not at a staffing level this year to provide our guests with an exceptional experience.  We are hard at work planning other ways to bring you holiday cheer!  

Please follow @RaleighParks on social media or visit parks.raleighnc.gov to stay updated on the latest programs and events.


Update from Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Director Oscar Carmona


The resale of admission tickets for Holiday Express at Pullen Park is limited in accordance with the certification from the Secretary of State of North Carolina.

Know Before You Go

Inclusion Services

Holiday Express offers sensory-friendly tools. Stop by the Welcome Center to check out a sensory-friendly kit with communication lanyards and description cards for the event (quantities are limited). The Welcome Center will also be a quiet space for those with noise sensitivities. Sensory bins will be placed along Reindeer Row for tactile sensory experience. Specialized recreation staff will be available for assistance and any questions you may have throughout the evening. Please visit the welcome center to request assistance.


Primary parking for Holiday Express will be at the Coliseum Parking Deck located off of Pullen Road and Dunn Avenue. The deck is a short walk from the back entrance of Pullen Park.  Parking at the deck requires a free permit which can be obtained by following the directions below. When you arrive at Pullen Park, you will find our entrance team ready to scan your tickets.   

A very limited amount of parking will be available at Pullen Park.  If you or any member of your party has mobility challenges, you can also drop off at the front of the park and then proceed to the best available parking.

How To Obtain Your Free Virtual Event Permit

1.    Visit Go.ncsu.edu/EventParking
2.    Select "Purchase Event Permit", accept terms and conditions, then select “General Event”
3.    Select Event “Pullen Park Holiday Express”.  Your event voucher code is “Express2019”
4.    In the blank box on the left under date selection, enter your Holiday Express date.
5.    Add your information and check out.

There is nothing to print - the permit is virtual, your license plate is your permit. Permit is valid only for the vehicle entered and only for the deck located at 201 Jensen Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606. For assistance with obtaining your permit please call the Transportation Office at 919-515-3424.



Holiday Express

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