Ricky Skaggs catching a ride on the 75th annual Santa Train

(PHOTO: CSX / Santa Train)

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.

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