Families gather for festive movie night at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

November 17, 2018

Families kicked off the holiday season Friday night at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, where the City of Aiken hosted an event that was part movie night, part pajama party.

The “Polar Express” Movie Night is an annual, family-friendly event. Mary Rosback of the Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism said the movie is normally screened outside, but the unusually chilly weather had them relocating inside the museum.

The first floor of the building was packed with parents and children decked out in pajamas, and the floor was covered in sleeping bags, blankets and cushions.

Despite of the large turnout, Rosback said Friday’s showing wasn’t sold out.

“Tomorrow night we’re completely sold out,” Rosback said.

Rosback said they are hoping to have Saturday’s screening outside, since the weather is supposed to be a bit warmer.

Some of the families have been to the event before, but some were there for the first time.

Steven Ingle said the movie night looked “great,” and he was excited to be there with his grandson, Everett, for the first time.

“We’re going to have a lot of fun,” Ingle said.

The “Polar Express” Movie Night is sponsored by Kitfox Pediatric Dentistry. A gift basket with holiday and train-themed gifts is being raffled off by the dentistry. To enter, families at the movie night should take a family photo during the event and post it in the comment section of a picture of the gift basket on Kitfox’s Facebook page.

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