SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– The “Santa Train” made its return to Sullivan on Sunday, bringing hundreds of community members out to celebrate the occasion. 

The train not only brought Santa and Mrs. Claus, but a hoist of other characters for families to interact and take pictures with. 

The train came in around 4:30 p.m. By that time, hundreds had already gathered. Wendy Phillips came with her daughter Raelynn and son Jaxxon, were the first family there, arriving over three hours before the train came.

“We’ve been waiting since 1 p.m,” Phillips said. 

She said she was excited to get back to pre-pandemic norms. 

“[My favorite part was] probably getting on the train and actually seeing Santa this year,” she said. “It’s been closed a couple years with COVID.”

Santa’s Helpers also gave away coats, hats and gloves to help prepare children for the winter.