This is the 67th year that the Santa Train has ridden a 110-mile route through Appalachian towns in eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia handing out toys and gifts to thousands of rural families before culminating in a parade in Kingsport, Tennessee. The Santa Train was originally created as a means for the Kingsport and tri-state businesses to thank their customers who came in from out of town to shop and has become a family tradition experienced through generations.
Last year was my first time covering the Santa Train, and the finished product was an audio slide show. I was so struck by the event that I vowed to go back and cover it again only this time with video. It’s an interesting comparison, really: Both had audio, but one had moving images and the other did not. I’m still not sure which one I like better, although I’m leaning toward the still version.
Anyway, enjoy the ride and Merry Christmas!