Santa & Holiday Train Rides

by Liz Jones | October 28, 2021 12:00 am

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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!

Choose your preferred location:

• Virginia[2]
• Maryland[3]
• Pennsylvania[4]


VRE’s Operation Lifesaver Santa Trains[5]
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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Santa Train[7]
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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Santa Train[9]
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!

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The Polar Express[11]
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!

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The Polar Express[13]
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!

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Holly TrolleyFest[15]
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[17]
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!

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Christmas Tree Train[19]
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 Train[20]
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[22]
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[24]
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 during this nostalgic 45-minute steam train ride.

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The Night Before Christmas Train[26]
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.

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Christmas Tree Train[27]
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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Christmas Trolley[28]
Ronks, PA

Santa and his chief elf are stepping out of their busy workshop to take a very special trolley ride aboard the Strasburg Rail Road this Christmas season! This exclusive ride aboard the historic LO&S Motorcar affords children and their grown-ups the opportunity to visit with Old St. Nick in a magical “sleigh” of a very different sort. During the 45-minute trip to Paradise and back, children 11 years and younger will be able to have their professional photo taken with Santa as they talk with him about what they are looking forward to this Christmas.

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