Santa & Holiday Train Rides

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Enjoy a magical train ride this season to get into the holiday spirit!

From Virginia to Maryland and Pennsylvania, holiday train rides are open for booking (and sell out fast!), so plan your trip today.

West Virginia


VRE’s Operation Lifesaver Santa Train
Dec 9, 2023
Various Locations

A few weeks before Christmas, families are invited to climb aboard a VRE train with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to bask in the holiday spirit! Santa’s helpers also join the ride, passing out candy canes and coloring books and making the day a magical adventure!


Santa Train
Dec 4, 11, 15, & 18, 2023
Alexandria, VA

Head down to Alexandria, VA, for a delightful train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus! This annual round-trip excursion hosted by Whistle Stop Hobbies departs King Street Station and travels to Manassas, VA.



Santa Train
Nov 24-Dec 17, 2023
Walkersville, MD

Enjoy a holiday train ride and visit Santa on the Walkersville Southern Railroad Santa Train! The railroad’s regular scenic excursion becomes a little more magical during the holidays, and this specialty train ride is one you don’t want to miss!


The Polar Express
Nov 24-Dec 19, 2023
Baltimore, MD

Enjoy the magical story of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express as the book’s pages come to life on a B&O Railroad Museum holiday train ride! Get your golden ticket punched (just like in the story!) and climb aboard to hear this heartfelt story. Children will also enjoy visiting Santa and receiving a special gift from the jolly old man himself!


The Polar Express
Dec 8-24, 2023
Cumberland, MD

Make your way through the mountains on the Western Maryland Railroad this holiday season! On this authentic train ride, enjoy hot chocolate and treats, a real golden ticket, onboard activities, and entertainment, as well as a visit with Santa Claus as he boards the train for the North Pole!


Holly TrolleyFest
Dec 2-23, 2023
Colesville, MD

The National Capital Trolley Museum, open since 1969, not only provides a chance to learn about historical streetcars in the District, but also an opportunity to take a trolley ride in one of eleven original cars! On select days, the Museum will feature Holly TrolleyFest with toy trains and Santa riding on streetcars!



North Pole Express
Dec 8-23, 2023
Romney, WV

Experience the holidays with newfound joy as you and your children board our train and get whisked away to the North Pole and pick up Santa Claus to save Christmas. From caroling to milk and cookies, hot cocoa, and cider, everyone can relive the magic this winter. Come see what else you’ll experience when you ride the North Pole Express train!



Santa’s Express
Nov 18-Dec 17, 2023
West Chester, PA

Santa’s Express is ready to embark on a magical journey through the Chester Creek Valley! Enjoy a music-filled ride, as well as the opportunity to see Santa as he greets everyone on the train!


Christmas Tree Train
Nov 26-Dec 10, 2023
West Chester, PA

West Chester Railroad has partnered with Wiggins Tree Farm, so guests can enjoy a holiday train ride to pick out and cut down their own live Christmas tree! Once you’ve picked that perfect tree, it will be banded up, tagged, and take the train ride home with you!


Christmas Elf Express
Nov 24-26, 2023
New Freedom, PA

Santa’s elves are working hard to prepare for the big day. They visit the Northern Central Railway to enlist some helpers and collect letters for Santa, but everything goes wrong when Finnegan Frost, the mischievous elf, shows up to cause trouble! At this interactive opportunity, kids will help the elves get everything back on track to ensure the merriest of holidays!


Santa Express
Dec 2-23, 2023
New Freedom, PA

Northern Central Railway’s Santa Express train is festively decked out for the season, bringing holiday cheer! You’re invited to climb aboard for a ride to Glen Rock and back, where each child can visit Santa, have their picture taken, and receive a special gift.


Strasburg Rail Road
Ronks, PA

The Strasburg Rail Road offers historic steam train rides in Lancaster County, PA. They offer a variety of holiday excursions, including:

Santa Claus Limited
Dec 1-22, 2023
Enjoy a 45-minute steam excursion with Santa Claus on board.

Santa’s Paradise Express
Nov 18-Dec 24
Also, a 45-minute steam excursion with Santa Claus on board, but with a little more holiday magic. Take a pic with St. Nick, receive a special gift from him, plus enjoy live music, shopping at a Christmas Market, and more!

Night Before Christmas
Dec 1-22, 2023
This special performance train recreates the excitement of Christmas Eve as kids hear a live reading of The Night Before Christmas.

Christmas Tree Train
Nov 24-Dec 3, 2023
Travel by authentic steam train to Leaman Place Grove to choose a pre-cut Frasier Fir tree and have it delivered back to the station.

Dine With Mrs. Claus
Nov 25-Dec 23, 2023
Indulge in a family-style breakfast or traditional Christmas meal in Strasburg Rail Road’s Cafe Car.


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