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Christmas Train Rides

US tourist railroads are on track to celebrate Christmas

Christmas Train Rides

Treat your little engineer to a Santa train ride at a U.S. tourist railroad! Photo: Santa and friend aboard the Austin Steam Train's North Pole Flyer, Austin, Texas. © Austin Steam Train

All aboard a Santa train! U.S. tourist railroads are on track to celebrate Christmas. Train stations across the country, bedecked with greenery and twinkling lights, are greeting kids from one to 92! Crowded platforms bustle with excitement as Santa trains and holiday excursions arrive. Once onboard, special treats like hot cocoa and cookies chase Jack Frost's chill while merrymaking riders enjoy sing-along caroling, Christmas-themed activities, and holiday entertainment.
For many families, a train ride to North Pole is a season's tradition! Anticipation, rising as Santa's workshop comes into view, reaches fever pitch when Mister – and often, Missus – Claus appear. Elves guide visitors from the train to Santa's lap where Christmas lists are shared and small gifts often await. North Pole trains depart stations across the country from Bucks County, Pennsylvania to Riverside County, California.
Among the most popular ways to reach Santa's home turf is aboard The Polar Express. The famous storybook train comes to life from Miami and Maine to Colorado's Rockies, and Washington's Cascades!
Not every Santa train keeps riders in suspense. Holiday journeys at railroads in places like Knoxville, Tennessee, Chicagoland and Austin, Texas include a visit with Santa right on board the train! Helpers assist the jolly old elf as he makes his way through the train stopping to visit every good little girl and boy. Train coaches are snug and dry and the dress code for tiny tots includes pj's and robes.
Yuletide trains vary and sometimes even Santa takes a backseat to awesome lighting presentations. Illuminated tableux and twinkling displays brighten the routes of holiday lights trains from Connecticut to Arizona to Colorado
Christmas train rides are scheduled to run in dozens of states across the country. Trains sell out fast but those linked in this feature had ample availability as of November 22, 2017. For additional rides and information, check out the complete guide to Christmas train rides at

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