Santa & Holiday Train Ride Opportunities

Enjoy a magical train ride this season to get into the holiday spirit! From Virginia and Maryland and up to Pennsylvania, train rides are open for booking so plan your trip and make this a holiday to remember!




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Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park | Fairfax Station, VA
Hop aboard the Holiday Express for a train trip through the park, set sail on the USS Rudolph, or snuggle up on the Snowman’s Wagon Ride! Plus, guests are invited to take a spin on the Caroler’s Carousel and test their skills with Gingerbread Man’s Golf. And lastly, stop by to let Santa know how good you’ve been this year, and treat yourself to s’mores, hot chocolate, spiced cider, and candy canes!

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The Santa Train | Dillwyn, VA
Climb aboard a James River Rambler alongside Santa for a 45-minute excursion. Sponsored by the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, there’s no better way to get up-close and personal with Virginia rail history than by taking the family on a winter train ride!

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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.

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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, 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.


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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! For the young and young-at-heart, this annual adventure is a show to behold as much as it is an enjoyable ride! Get your golden ticket punched (just like in the story!) and climb aboard for hot chocolate and cookies while listening to this heartfelt story. Children will also enjoy visits from Santa’s helpers and a silver sleigh bell from the jolly old man himself!

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The Polar Express on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad | 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 visit with Santa Claus as he boards the train for the North Pole!

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Santa Train | Walkersville, MD
Enjoy a holiday train ride and visit with 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!

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The Holiday Express | Baltimore, MD
There is a lot to do and see at the B&O Railroad Museum this year! Visitors can explore inside locomotives and train cars, view historic railroad artifacts, and even enjoy a real train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America!

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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!


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Santa’s Express | West Chester, PA
Santa’s Express is ready to embark on a magical 90-minute journey through the Chester Creek Valley! Enjoy a music-filled ride with Santa all the way to Glen Mills, PA where riders can visit the historic station and catch a photo-op with Santa! Plus, enjoy all your favorite Christmas songs sung live by Greg Wright and friends! They take requests, too, so get your lists ready!

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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!

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Tannenbaum Christmas Tree Trains | New Freedom, PA
Climb aboard the Northern Central Railway and enjoy one of many holiday-themed rides this season! From a train ride, take a horse-drawn carriage ride to a Christmas tree farm to select your perfect tree! Get into the joyous spirit with festive live music and an appearance from Santa. This excursion will make it a true holiday tradition for everyone.

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Santa Express Trains | New Freedom, PA
Climb aboard the Northern Central Railway to enjoy holiday cheer for all ages. Riders will hear The Night Before Christmas and Christmas music in anticipation of a visit from the man in red. There will be a lot of excitement on the train as Santa boards the train to take pictures and hand out small gifts to the children. You’ll get in the spirit even before you board the train, with hot chocolate, cookies, and music in the station prior to departure.

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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 tracks to Paradise, PA, 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!

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The Night Before Christmas Train | Ronks, PA
This unique train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve! A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as the train rolls along. Passengers and kids dressed in pajamas can enjoy a treat of milk and cookies, as well as more storybook readings of holiday classics aboard the train’s heated Caboose.

Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last-minute cancellations; always confirm by calling/clicking.

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