If you’re looking for a festive holiday event for your train-loving family and friends – check out the Reindeer Ride Express, an hour and 15-minute train ride leaves from Forest Park in Noblesville, travels through Cicero and Arcadi, then back to Forest Park. See Santa’s workshop and cross over the beautiful Morse Reservoir while singing Christmas carols and sipping hot chocolate.
While on board
While on the cozy train, visitors enjoy caroling from Noblesville’s White River Sound, a Reindeer-shaped cookie (made by Taylor’s Bakery), a letter to Santa form, and a DIY paper ornament craft. The holiday lights and décor make the 1956 train very festive! And before or after you depart, visit the red Monon caboose to meet Santa himself.
The train departs from the station twice daily on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 19 through December 23. The train will also run on Dec. 21-22. The Visitors board at Forest Park in Noblesville. General tickets for the Reindeer Express are $54 for adults and $49 for kids ages 3-12. Little one’s ages 2 and under can ride free on lap.
Tips before boarding the Reindeer Express:
- Have your family use the restroom before boarding. There are restrooms just before you board—right next to the playground. There is a small restroom located on the train in case of emergency.
- Make sure your family is prepared to sit on the train for 75 minutes. We took our kids to the park before and after the train ride to let them get the ‘wiggles’ out, but we’d would also consider throwing some activities in my bag, too.
- Bottled water, kid-temp hot chocolate, sodas, local beer, and wine are available–along with Just Pop In popcorn (prices range from $1 to $5 per item). Have some cash on hand. (They did take our debit card, but they did not have a card reader the evening we were there.) It might make sense to also have dinner plans arranged, as well.
- When you print out your tickets, make sure your car number is printed out. We did not print the right receipt page (oops) and they did not know where to place us.
- All seating is on the upper level. Passengers should be prepared to climb a small flight of stairs. Also, if you get queasy on trains, be prepared. While the train is very comfortable experience, expect some back-and-forth rocking from the 1956 train.
More information about the Reindeer Express:
The Reindeer Express is run through the Nickel Plate Express. The Nickel Plate Express is located at Forest Park, Noblesville (825 Forest Park Drive, Noblesville). For more information and to purchase advanced tickets, visit: www.nickelplateexpress.com.
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Q & A about the Reindeer Ride Express 2022
These questions/answers are directly from nickelplateexpress.com/reindeer.
Where does it board? The excursion boards in Forest Park, Noblesville. (825 Forest Park Drive, Noblesville). Check-in and warm up at Hobbs Station at Forest Park Depot.
How long is the ride? The ride is an hour and fifteen minutes long and travels through Cicero and Arcadia. The train stops briefly at ‘Santa’s Workshop,’ courtesy of Gaylor Electric…the Noblesville-based company also decks the train out in approximately 2,000 Christmas lights! The train will return to Noblesville at the end of the ride. Passengers will not disembark at Santa’s workshop.
What is included in the ride?: The ride includes interactive sing alongs, a story, visit with Santa, a gift from Santa and a cookie.
Can I purchase food and drinks?: Beverages and snacks, including adult beverages, are available on board!
Where do I park? There is ample & free parking available within Forest Park! Find a spot near the white boarding tent and park your car. (Parking is located near the 3-way stop and the carousel)
What else can I do in Noblesville? Noblesville has dozens of boutiques and restaurants located on the Noblesville square! Visit www.visithamiltoncounty.com/cities/noblesville/ for dining and family fun options!
Are there restrooms on the train?There are small restrooms on the train in case of emergencies. There are also restrooms located at Forest Park, about a block behind the boarding platform. Look for the white restroom building!
Can adults ride too? Of course! Or, check out our holiday date-night ride, Holiday Cheer(s)! This 21+ only ride features holiday cocktails, Christmas music and snacks. This ride operates at the same time as Reindeer Ride in a separate train car.