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 2018 Guide to Holiday Trains in Indiana and discover where you and your family can climb aboard and experience your own unforgettable holiday train adventure.
Come with your family to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable trip to the North Pole this holiday season! And what better way to travel than by rail? Enjoy stories, songs, cookies, and hot chocolate along the way! They’ve even invited Mr. Claus himself to ride the train and visit each of our families along the way. Don’t miss out on this magical experience! The Polar Bear Express runs select days, November 23-December 23. All passengers board at Kokomo or Logansport, Indiana. Tickets start at $35 each and children under 2 are free. CLICK HERE to get tickets.
Passengers of the Santa Train will experience more than just a train ride! The Santa Train is more than just a ride! Upon arrival at the boarding site, passengers will navigate Santa’s Workshop and experience entertainment, family photo opportunities, children’s activity area and more before 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! Trains run December 1st-2nd, 8th-9th, 15th-16th from 9 am- pm Saturdays and 12 -5 pm on Sundays. Due to demand, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets sales begin November 21st. Member presales begin November 19th.
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!
This magical experience opens November 8nd and runs through December 23rd. Exact dates and times are available by visiting the Schedule & Tickets page. Each ticket includes fantastic entertainment, delicious hot chocolate, a scrumptious cookie, and a keepsake sleigh bell to bring home. First Class and Dome Class tickets also include a souvenir ceramic hot chocolate mug. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!
Tickets may be purchased at the Railroad Depot in French Lick, via phone at 1-800-74-TRAIN (Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm) or online at www.frenchlickscenicrailway.org/polarexpress.
The Polar Express comes to life when the train departs Connersville’s Grand Central Station for a journey through the quiet countryside for a special stop at the “North Pole” to allow Santa Claus to board the Polar Express. Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie while listening and reading along with the magical story.
Dates for this year’s exciting event will be November 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 and 30; December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2018. Prices for 2018 are $35 per person ages 2 and up.
Tickets are on sale now online or by calling the Whitewater Valley Railroad Grand Central Station at (765) 825-2054.
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Make a new holiday tradition aboard the Nickel Plate Express. Take an hour and fifteen-minute ride down the tracks. While on board, complete a commemorative holiday craft, and sing your favorite carols with Santa’s Elves. Before or after boarding, enjoy downtown Atlanta, where you can visit with Santa in the red caboose, warm up at the fire pit, listen to carolers and sip hot cocoa.
During the Bright Night experience, see the entire exterior of the train lit up in a holiday lights display, donated by Gaylor Electric.
The Reindeer Ride Express runs select days Nov. 23-Dec. 23. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $20 for children 3-12. Children under 3 ride free. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
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 30-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! NEW this year- They have added a second train!
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 $50 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. Rides on the train are $5 per person ($20 family max) when Santa is not available.
Book your ride today at www.sullivanhardware.com or 317-255-5329
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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. CLICK HERE to view the 2018 Santa Train schedule.
The Santa Train departs the station at North Judson and travels to English Lake. The train will pick up Santa Claus just outside of town before continuing on its journey. Santa will then personally visit with each child on board the train and give them a gift bag filled with goodies. The train then returns to the station. Ticket prices are as follows: $15 adults (16+), $13 youth (6-15), $9 children (1-5). Children under 1 are free*. All passengers will ride in our heated coach. The train ride lasts approximately 75 minutes and is ~10 miles round trip.
The train runs on select days Dec. 1-22. Find ticket dates and times on their website.
Note: The Hoosier Valley Railroad Station is on central time