Imagine this scene: You and your family all dressed in pajamas snuggled together, covered in blankets, with a fire crackling in the fireplace. Next to you sit bowls filled to the brim with buttery popcorn and mugs of steaming hot cocoa covered with melted marshmallows. Your children watch wide-eyed as The Polar Express zooms across the screen headed for the North Pole. As they hear the roar of the engine and sound of the whistle blow, they wonder what it would be like to be aboard the train.
Whether it is a scene like the one just mentioned, a train track assembled carefully under the Christmas tree or a train ride destined for a holiday shopping spree – trains and Christmas go hand-in-hand. Your child won’t have to wonder what it is like to be a passenger anymore.
Check out our 2016 Guide to Holiday Trains in Indiana and discover where you and your family can climb aboard and experience your own unforgettable holiday train adventure.
Passengers of the Santa Train will experience more than just a train ride! Take a tour through Santa’s Workshop and enjoy entertainment, food from Bravas, refreshments from Mocha Lounge, family photo opportunities, a children’s activity area and more before your train’s departure. The 20-minute ride allows passengers to spend special time with Santa aboard a historic caboose behind a vintage diesel locomotive. Talk about a fun way to give Santa your wishlist! Tickets are $7. Children ages 3 and under are free.
Would you like a take a private trip with a large group of loved ones? The railroad historical society is also offering limited Santa Charters for families and large groups in the evenings from 6pm – 8pm on December 3, 10 and 17. These night time rides comfortably accommodate up to 15 people and include a private 45-minute trip with Santa Claus. These charters, which include snacks and refreshments, cost $250.00.
Tickets go on sale November 16. Visit www.fortwaynerailroad.org for more information.
You have read the book and seen the movie, now it is time to experience first hand all of the joy that comes with a ride on The Polar Express. Start your journey at the picture perfect station decorated with garlands, lights and Christmas trees where the conductor happily greets all of his guests. Once the train is underway, the conductor will punch your ticket as the book, The Polar Express, is read aloud. Delight in the crew’s song and dance performance complete with a special Cookie & Hot Chocolate presentation, just like in the movie!
When the train pulls into the North Pole, Santa Claus himself will board the train and present each child with their own “first gift of the season”, a shiny silver sleigh bell. Your entire family can then sing along with Santa’s elves while you are entertained with interactive songs and dance.
To make the experience more magical, children are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Why should the kids have all of the fun? Parents are welcome to wear their pajamas too!
Train departs at 5:30pm and 7:30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 4, 2016 – January 1, 2017. Coach Class is $32 ages 2 and up and First Class is $55 ages 2 and up. There are NO trains running December 23, 24 or 25. Limited spots are available and tickets sell out fast, so be sure to order yours today.
Tickets may be purchased at the Railroad Depot in French Lick, via phone at 1-800-74-TRAIN (Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm) or online at www.frenchlickscenicrailway.org/polarexpress
*The Whitewater Valley Railroad in Connersville offers a similar Polar Express Train Ride. Dates for this year’s exciting event will be November 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27; December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18, 2016. Prices are $32.50 ages 2 and up for 5pm & 8pm departures and $29 per person ages 2 and up for the 2pm Sunday matinees.
Tickets are on sale now online at www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/wvrr or by calling the Whitewater Valley Railroad Grand Central Station at 765-825-2054.
Santa’s Elves aren’t the only ones getting ready for Christmas. Tis the season for holiday shopping and what better way to arrive to your shopping destination then by train? Holiday shopping excursions to Metamora, Indiana’s only functioning canal town, are available in conjunction with Metamora’s Annual Christmas Walk. During the Christmas Walk, lanterns light the Whitewater Canal and carolers stroll the streets of this charming, quaint town full of history and scenic beauty. This is a train ride you won’t want to miss! Reservations must be made in advance. Early reservations are highly recommended, since these trains usually sell out very early due to the trains limited capacity. Dates for this year’s excursions are November 25 and 26; December 3, 10 and 17. Coach fares for Christmas trains are: Adults: $27, Children ages 2-12: $16.
Bring a whole family, or a group of friends, and rent a caboose for $425 for a private excursion to Metamora. Maximum of 20 guests on most caboose fleets. Caboose rentals available only by calling the station at 765-825-2054.
Tickets are available online at www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/wvrr
Santa is busy this time of year, but always finds time to spend with boys and girls on the nice list. What better way to tell Santa your Christmas list than while sitting together on a train? Climb aboard at Grand Central Station in Connersville and keep your eyes open for Santa Claus, who will be picked up along the way. Once on board, Santa will come and visit with each child. Train departs Saturday November 26 at 9:30am, 11:45am and 2pm. Tickets are $10 ages 2 and up.
Tickets now available online at www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/ or 765-825-2054 to order by phone. Tickets are also available for purchase at Connersville’s Grand Central Station before boarding.
Have you been dreaming of a family trip to the North Pole? Well look no further! Climb aboard the Sullivan Santa Express for a memorable trip to the North Pole to see Kris Kringle himself. Check in at Central Station located in the greenhouse at Sullivan Hardware & Garden’s 71st & N Keystone Ave store in Indianapolis. While you wait for your reserved departure time, let the kids frolic in the play area. When the train arrives, your family will be seated together in one car. The short train ride is open-air so be sure to bundle up for the ride.
After leaving the station, the narrated 25-minute train ride will travel through bear country where you’ll encounter some friendly bears doing some rather unusual things. As the Sullivan Express leaves the woods, you’ll enjoy the smell of fresh greens as the North Pole-bound train moves through the Sullivan Christmas tree lot. As the train gets closer to the North Pole, there is a small problem that leads the train on a new course and some unexpected surprises… that you’ll have to see for yourself!
Upon your arrival at the North Pole, the kids can explore Santa’s workshop as your family takes turns visiting with jolly old St. Nick.
A purchase quantity of one includes your entire family. The cost is a reasonable $30 per family. A car seats about four to five adults. If space is available, grandma and grandpa can ride too. If no space is available, the rest of your party can hoof it on foot and join you at the North Pole. Six trains run per hour (2 per reservation time) that can accommodate four families each.
Book your ride today at www.sullivanhardware.com or 317-255-5329
Santa doesn’t just travel by sleigh anymore. At the Indiana Railroad Company, Santa arrives by train! Come aboard, see the train and give dear old Santa your wish list. Santa has brought along some very special guests from the North Pole including Rudolph, Mr. and Mrs. Snowman and Christmas Mouse. The event is FREE to all and everyone is guaranteed to have a jolly good time.
Visit www.inroad.com/santa_train.aspx for the 2016 Train Schedule.