Indiana Polar Express Train Rides
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum: The museum's popular Santa Trains are offered on select dates in December and feature a 45-minute train ride while the kids get to see Santa who gives each a small gift.
Indiana Railway Museum/French Lick Scenic Railway: This museum/tourist line hosts the official Polar Express on select dates from early November through late December.
Indiana Transportation Museum: The ITM offers three different
Christmas-related trains during the holidays; the Santa's Train, Polar
Bear Express, and finally the Holiday Shoppers' Express.
Whitewater Valley Railroad:
Hosts the official Polar Express trains during select dates during November and December. This excursion line also offers other Christmas-themed rides including the Santa Claus Limited and Metamora Holiday Special Excursions.
Iowa Polar Express Train Rides
Midwest Central Railroad: This tourist line runs its North Pole Express
during late November and mid-December departing North Station usually
behind one of two steam locomotives, a Shay and 2-6-0 Mogul. During the trip kids can meet Santa and receive a small gift.
Kansas Polar Express Train Rides
Midland Railway: This railroad hosts the Santa Claus Express
for only two days in early December so be sure and book now! The train
offers live music on board and, of course, a visit with Santa. Please
note that their trains offer all open-air cars so dress accordingly.
Kentucky Polar Express Train Rides
Big South Fork Scenic Railway: Their South Fork Santa Express
is offered during late November through the first few weekends of December featuring a one or two hour trip to meet St. Nick and receive a small gift.
Bluegrass Scenic Railroad: This tourist line, part of the Bluegrass Railroad Museum offers their Santa Claus Train ride during a few weekends in mid-December.
Kentucky Railway Museum: Very similar to the official Polar Express rides the KRM's Santa Express and North Pole Express
offer an hour train ride while allowing kids to enjoy hot chocolate and
cookies during their trip to see Santa all while wearing their PJs!
Trains are offered throughout December up until the weekend before
Louisiana Polar Express Train Rides
No events yet known.
Maine Polar Express Train Rides
Maine Eastern Railroad: The Maine Eastern Railroad is a popular excursion line based in Rockland and hosts a wide range of special events throughout the year. They offer their Jingle Bell Express during December, a 1-hour train ride where the kids get to see Santa and journey to the "North Pole."
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad: Hosts the official Polar Express on select dates in November and December. Please visit their
website for date and reservation information.
Seashore Trolley Museum: The museum's Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude, held on select dates in December,
is actually just a trolley ride with a Christmas theme offering patrons
hot chocolate, hot cider, tea, coffee and other snacks while aboard.
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum: The recently rebuilt WW&F offers a Victorian Christmas during one day in December only with free rides, a visit from Santa, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Maryland Polar Express Train Rides
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum:
The popular B&O museum offers several different Christmas-related
events and activities, including short train rides, during the holiday
season. Please visit their website to learn more.
Baltimore Streetcar Museum: The museum offers trolley rides and special events throughout the year, including Santa's Streetcar during select dates in December.
Walkersville Southern Railroad: The little Walkersville Southern in Walkersvill, during the holiday season beginning in late November the railroad offers its Santa Trains, allowing the kids to see the Big Guy and enjoy treats during the trip.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad: The popular Western Maryland Scenic in Cumberland offers their Steam With Santa and North Pole Experience during late November and into December. These holiday rides take visitors on a journey to Frostburg, usually steam-powered, with Santa riding along too.
Massachusetts Polar Express Train Rides
Edaville Railroad: Based in South Carver, this tourist line hosts the official Polar Express during late November and throughout much of December.
Cape Cod Central Railroad: The Cape Cod Central, located in Hyannis, offers their Train To Christmas Town from late November through New Year's Day.
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum: This museum offers their Moonlight Magic Friday on November 28th. The town is bedecked in holiday lights, stores throughout the town (Shelburne Falls) are open late, and the museum gives trolley rides in equipment dressed with holiday lights.
Michigan Polar Express Train Rides
Coopersville & Marne Railway: Beginning in late November and throughout much of December this excursion train features its Santa Train. While Santa is, of course, aboard the train their version is a bit unique in that a princess reads the kids The Polar Express.
Huckleberry Railroad: The popular Huckleberry Railroad, part of the Genesee County Parks system, is part of their popular Christmas At Crossroads Holiday Magic festivities that begin in mid-November and last throughout most of December. The train is decorated for the holidays and offers nighttime rides.
Little River Railroad: Featuring real steam locomotives decorated for Christmas their Holiday Express offers kids on board treats and typically runs in late November through mid-December.
Steam Railroading Institute: The SRI offers their North Pole Express
beginning in late November. Another long trip that lasts four hours
riders and kids get to see Santa, enjoy cocoa and other live musical
entertainment. They also offer a Cocoa Class for an extra fare which
includes unlimited cocoa, a cookie, and a souvenir mug. Interestingly,
the SRI owns the actual steam locomotive used in The Polar Express
movie, Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 which usually pulls the train.
Southern Michigan Railroad: This little tourist line offers the Santa Special excursions during the holiday season. To learn more please visit their website or call the railroad.
Minnesota Polar Express Train Rides
Minnesota Streetcar Museum: This museum, based in Chisholm, offers rides in historic streetcars throughout the year while also hosting special events. This includes their Holly Trolley, running during select dates in late November and early December, where the kids can ride with Santa and the car is decorated for the holidays.
North Shore Scenic Railroad: The railroad, part of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, hosts their Christmas City Express running between Fitgers and the Duluth Depot from late November through much of December. During the trip guests can enjoy the reading of the Christmas City Express story and a visit from Santa.
Mississippi Polar Express Train Rides
No events yet known.
Missouri Polar Express Train Rides
Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad: Their Santa Train
is offered only twice a year in late November and early December where
kids can enjoy a train ride and see Santa and Mrs. Claus at the depot.
Please visit their website to learn more.
Branson Scenic Railway: Based in Branson this tourist line offers popular excursions throughout the year. They also host the official Polar Express during November and December.
St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway: This excursion line, based in Jackson, offers their Santa Express from late November and throughout much of December where kids can see Santa and The Polar Express is read to all during the 2-hour trip.
St. Louis Union Station: New for 2014 is the official Polar Express train rides offered at St. Louis Union Station, running every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 22nd through December 28th. For more information, please visit their official website.
Montana Polar Express Train Rides
Charlie Russell Choo Choo: Montana's only excursion line offers guests splendid views of northern Montana aboard their North Pole Adventure, which lasts for 40 minutes and is offered several weeks after Thanksgiving.
Nebraska Polar Express Train Rides
No events yet known.
Nevada Polar Express Train Rides
Nevada Northern Railway: The popular Nevada Northern, based in East Ely, hosts the official Polar Express during select dates in late November and during December. To learn more about scheduling and
pricing please visit their website.
Virginia & Truckee: The
historic, rebuilt Virginia & Truckee, based in Virginia City hosts
several special excursions throughout the year. This includes the official Polar Express which runs between Thursday November 20, 2014 and Monday, December 22, 2014. For more information about this trip please visit their website.
New Hampshire Polar Express Train Rides
Conway Scenic Railroad: Their Santa's Holiday Express
is offered from Thanksgiving Weekend through the weekend of
mid-December. Trips last nearly an hour with kids enjoying cocoa,
cookies, seeing Santa, and receiving a small gift.
Hobo Railroad/Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad: They host Santa Trains
from late November through mid-December. The trains operate between
Lincoln to Woodstock during the daytime only and last over an hour with
kids able to enjoy treats along the way and see Santa.
New Jersey Polar Express Train Rides
Black River & Western Railroad: The North Pole Express and Candy Cane Limited take visitors to the North Pole Station and is operated from late
November through mid-December with kids able to enjoy treats, sing
Christmas carols, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and receive a small
gift. The railroad has also added a new event, "Story Time With Mrs. Claus." To learn more about these activities please visit their website.
Delaware River Railroad Excursions/New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society: Based in Phillipsburg, this excursion line hosts the official Polar Express during late November and into December.
Pine Creek Railroad: On the Christmas Express
kids get to ride with Santa and trains depart all day from around
Thanksgiving Weekend through mid-December. For more information please
visit their website and plan ahead as this ride, which has been offered
now for more than 30 years, usually sells out quickly.
Whippany Railway Museum: The museums' Santa Claus Special
is a very festive event with the train decorated for Christmas and
Santa stopping by to see all of the kids. The ride lasts for about
45-minutes with kids receiving a small gift en route. The train also
offers special tickets in the museum's restored Central Railroad Of New Jersey club car Jersey Coast. This event sells out quickly so please plan ahead!
New Mexico Polar Express Train Rides
Santa Fa Southern Railway: This railroad has restarted excursion operations as of July 26, 2014 via a new operator. They may be offering Christmas-themed trains but their calendar is not yet up-to-date. Please visit their website for more information.
New York Polar Express Train Rides
Adirondack Scenic Railroad: One of New York's most popular excursions, the Adirondack Scenic hosts the official Polar Express from late November through most of December. Please visit their website to learn more.
Catskill Mountain Railroad: The Catskill Mountain Railroad now hosts the official Polar Express from late November through early January. To learn more and book your trip please visit their website.
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad: The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley operates Christmas Lights Trains and the Santa Express during the holiday season from late November through much of December.
Arcade & Attica Railroad: The North Pole Express
operates most weekends in December with kids encouraged to dress in
their PJs while visiting Santa and enjoying hot cocoa and cookies.
Please be aware that these trains use open-air cars so be sure to dress
Medina Railroad Museum: This museum based in Medina has a significant collection of rolling stock on the grounds. They also offer excursions and host the official Polar Express from late November, throughout much of December.
Saratoga & North Creek Railway: The increasingly popular Saratoga & North Creek now hosts the official Polar Express from mid-November and throughout much of December. They offer three
classes of tickets so please visit their website to learn more.
Trolley Museum Of New York: This museum, based in Kingston, operates historic trolleys and streetcars on 1 1/2-miles of track. The organization hosts a number of events throughout the year including their Annual Santa's Run during December where the kids can meet Santa.
North Carolina Polar Express Train Rides
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad: Hosts the official Polar Express much of the holiday season. One of the premier events offered by any tourist
railroad you can also enjoy the spectacular views of the Smoky
New Hope Valley Railway: They usually offer Santa Trains during select dates of December each year. To learn more about these trips lease visit their website.
North Carolina Transportation Museum: The state's largest railroad museum, based in the former Southern's historic shops at Spencer, now hosts the official Polar Express from late November and throughout much of December.
North Dakota Polar Express Train Rides
No events yet known.
Ohio Polar Express Train Rides
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: One of the most popular excursion lines in the country offers a wide range of events throughout the year. They also host the official Polar Express during much of November and December.
Dennison Railroad Depot Museum: Located within the restored Pennsylvania Railroad depot at Dennison, hosts the official Polar Express during select dates in December.
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway: Operates Santa Trains during late November and much of December with several runs made on each day these special events run. They have remained a popular event on the railroad for many years!
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad: The North Pole Express
allows kids to experience a half-hour train ride to see Santa and Mrs.
Claus at LM&M Junction while enjoying treats along the way and entertainment from the
elves. It is usually offered from late November through mid-December.
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc.: This organization, based in Findlay, operates a 1/4-scale railroad and hosts several special events, including the North Pole Express during the holidays.
Oklahoma Polar Express Train Rides
Oklahoma Railway Museum: This museum, based in Oklahoma City, hosts their Christmas Train during December among other excursions they offer throughout the year.
Oregon Polar Express Train Rides
Mount Hood Railroad: The Mount Hood Railroad, located in Hood River, hosts the
official Polar Express throughout most of November and December. They
also offer four classes of tickets so please visit their website to
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad: The Candy Cane Express
is hosted during select dates in December where kids can
see Santa and the train is all decorated for Christmas and is pulled by a
real steam locomotive. They do suggest dressing appropriately the cars
are not always heated.
Sumpter Valley Railway: Offers steam-powered Christmas Trains during select dates in December where kids can meet Santa. They also host a Christmas Lights Train during the Sumpter tree lighting and Christmas parade.
Pennsylvania Polar Express Train Rides
Electric City Trolley Museum: This museum, based in Scranton, preserves historic trolley and streetcar equipment. They also offer rides throughout the year, including one with Santa himself during the holiday season. To learn more please visit their website.
Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad: The Milk & Honey Line offers the Polar Bear Express and Santa’s Surprise Trains from late November through mid-December with kids able to see the Big Guy. Please visit their website to learn more.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad: Running from late November and throughout December, the North Pole Express
includes an over one-hour train ride where kids are able to see Santa,
listen to live music on board, and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies where
they also receive a gift during the trip. These trains are also usually
pulled by authentic steam locomotives.
Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad: The Oil Creek & Titusville, based in Titusville, operates Santa Trains during the holidays in late November and early December where the kids enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while riding along with Santa himself.
Strasburg Railroad: The second most popular tourist railroad in the country offers their own version of a Christmas train, the Santa Paradise Express.
The train runs from late November through the weekend before Christmas
and operate between Lancaster and Paradise. The kids get to see Santa
and the trains are always pulled by steam locomotives. The railroad also now hosts the Night Before Christmas special during the holiday season. To learn more about these events please visit their website.
Tioga Central Railroad: The Santa Express
operates from late November through mid-December with trips usually
lasting about an hour (on some days the train makes several trips). The kids are able to talk with Santa, receive a
small gift, and enjoy the Christmas lights display nearby.
Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad: The WK&S is based in Kempton and offers their Santa Claus Special during the first one weekend in December where kids are able to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. The railroad also offers Story Time With Mrs. Claus.
West Chester Railroad: The West Chester Railroad, located in West Chester, offers the Santa's Express and Christmas Tree Train on various weekends beginning in late November. They also make multiple trips on some weekends due to demand. Please visit their website to learn more.
Rhode Island Polar Express Train Rides
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council: The council is based in Woonsocket and hosts the official Polar Express on select dates in November and December. Please visit their website for date and reservation
Newport Dinner Train: This popular excursion is based in Newport and operates the official Polar Express every year during the holidays. Please visit their website to contact them about
dates and times the train will operate.
South Carolina Polar Express Train Rides
South Carolina Railroad Museum: The state's largest railroad museum also operates excursions on its premises including Train Rides With Santa during select dates in November and December.
South Dakota Polar Express Train Rides
Black Hills Central Railroad: The state's only notable excursion train, featuring live steam locomotives, hosts the Holiday Express; a Christmas-decorated train allowing kids to see Santa and
receive a small gift. It is offered on select dates in November and December
Tennessee Polar Express Train Rides
Secret City Scenic Excursion Train: Their Santa Trains are hosted during just two weekends in December. Please visit their website to learn more.
Tennessee Central Railway Museum: This popular museum in Nashville also hosts excursions, including the North Pole Express on select dates in November and December.
The train also offers three different classes of seating; regular, first
class, or dome.
Tennessee Valley Railroad: Another popular excursion, the Tennessee Valley Railroad offers their North Pole Limited, usually pulled by a live steam locomotive and giving kids the chance
to see Santa, listen to story, sing songs, and enjoy refreshments. They also offer a special holiday dinner train known as the Christmas Special. To learn more about these events please visit their website.
Three Rivers Rambler: Their Christmas Lantern Steam Trains
are just that, festive holiday trains that are pulled by a live steam
locomotive. These trains typically operate every weekend from
Thanksgiving until just before Christmas. Please visit their website to
Texas Polar Express Train Rides
Austin Steam Train: The North Pole Flyer
is another Christmas train pulled by an authentic steam locomotive and
offers a very long 2+ hour train ride while the kids get to see Santa, enjoy cookies/hot chocolate,
and receive a small gift.
Grape Vine Railroad: The railroad's most popular Christmas train is the North Pole Express
for the kids. However, they also host Christmas Wine Trains. Please visit their website to learn more.
Texas State Railroad: One of the state's most popular attractions hosts the official Polar Express throughout much of November and
December. Please visit their website to learn about exact dates and
booking your trip.
West Texas & Lubbock Railroad: The West Texas & Lubbock, normally a short line freight operator, hosts the official Polar Express on its rails throughout November and December.
Utah Polar Express Train Rides
Herber Valley Railroad: The North Pole Express
takes kids on a magical ride to see Santa aboard the train. During the
trip they can listen to choir-performed Christmas songs, play games, enjoy
refreshments, and take in the beautiful scenery.
Vermont Polar Express Train Rides
Green Mountain Railroad/Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce/Vermont Children's Trust Foundation: Based in White River Junction these two organizations come together to host the official Polar Express during one weekend in December.
White River Rotary Club: The club offers the official Polar Express during select dates in December. For more information about dates and times please visit their website.
Virginia Polar Express Train Rides
No events yet known.
Washington Polar Express Train Rides
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum: Located in Chehalis, this museum hosts the official Polar Express during November and December. Please note that they also offer Santa Steam Trains not related to the Polar Express during select dates in December. To learn more about these rides please visit their website.
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad: This tourist line is based in Chelatchie and hosts their Christmas Tree Specials during the holidays. Please visit their website to learn more.
Lake Whatcom Railway: The Christmas Train
takes passengers on about a 1 1/2-hour journey during which time
everyone can enjoy on board refreshments, listen to live music, and have
a visit from Santa.
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad: Their Santa Express
usually runs from after Thanksgiving until just before Christmas during
the weekends and typically is pulled by a live steam locomotive.
During the trip kids get to see Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies,
and receive a small gift.
Northwest Railway Museum: The Santa Train
has been in operation for more than 40 years now for a 20-minute train
ride to the Snoqualmie Depot to see Santa and receive a gift. Kids also
receive refreshments during the trip.
West Virginia Polar Express Train Rides
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad: Hosts the official Polar Express on select dates in November and December. The trains board at the restored Western Maryland depot in Elkins and the trip lasts about an hour. To learn more please visit their website.
|Back when the McCloud Railway was still in operation and hosting excursions, MCR 2-8-2 #18 and 2-6-2 #25 have finished pushing the road's home-built snowplow to clear the line near Bartle, California in February of 2001. Today, #18 is in service on the Virginia & Truckee while #25 was acquired by the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad and now hosts excursions there.|