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!

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VRE’s Operation Lifesaver Santa Trains
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! This event also serves to remind families of the importance of rail safety via the Operation Lifesaver program.


Dec 5, 8, 12, & 19, 2022
Santa Train
Alexandria, VA

Head on 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.



Select Days, Nov 26-Dec 18, 2022
Santa Train
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!


Select Days, Nov 25-Dec 19, 2022
The Polar Express
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!


Select Days, Nov 25-Dec 24, 2022
The Polar Express
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!


Begins Dec 2, 2022
Holly TrolleyFest
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!



Select Days, Nov 19-Dec 18, 2022
Santa’s Express
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!


Select Days, Nov 27-Dec 11, 2022
Christmas Tree Train
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 your 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!


Nov 25-27, 2022
Elf on the Engine!
New Freedom, PA

Elf on the Engine!
Santa’s elves are already 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. Young guests will embark on an adventure to fix the problems Finnegan Frost causes!


Select Days, Dec 3-18, 2022
Santa Express
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. Then, return to the station for Winter Wonderland fun!


Select Days, Nov 19-Dec 24, 2022
Santa’s Paradise Express Train
Ronks, PA

A Christmas tradition since 1959, Strasburg Rail Road welcomes Santa this holiday season! As children and their families travel down the Pennsylvania tracks to Paradise, Santa and his special helpers will be on board to meet with all the good boys and girls, hear their holiday wishes, and deliver a special gift to children during this nostalgic 45-minute steam train ride.


Select Days, Dec 2-23, 2022
The Night Before Christmas Train
Ronks, PA

This very special train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” comes alive as the train rolls along.


Select Days, Nov 25-Dec 3, 2022
Christmas Tree Train
Ronks, PA

For a special Christmas experience, take a ride aboard Strasburg Rail Road’s Christmas Tree Train! Travel by authentic steam train to Leaman Place Grove, where you can choose a pre-cut Frasier Fir tree and have it delivered back to the station.


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