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Christmas train rides in the Midwest States

Christmas trains are rolling across the Midwest this holiday season. Catch a Santa Train or ride a specialty Christmas train at a railroad near you.

Key to holiday icons

Train ride includes visit with Santa
Official Polar Express train ride
Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.

Holiday illuminations
Christmas shopping excursion
New Year's party or dinner train

Illinois

Fox River Trolley Museum

South Elgin, Illinois

Polar Express Train

Sold out for 2014

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Illinois Railroad Museum

Union, Illinois

Happy Holiday Train

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

Monticello Railway Museum

Monticello, Illinois

Santa Lunch Train

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Polar Express Train

Sold out for 2014

Indiana

French Lick Scenic Railway – Indiana Railway Museum

French Lick, Indiana

Polar Express Train

Friday, November 7 – Sunday, November 9

Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16

Friday, November 21 – Sunday, November 23

Friday, November 28 – Sunday, November 30

Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum

North Judson, Indiana

Santa Trains

Saturdays, December 6 & 13

Whitewater Valley Railroad

Connersville, Indiana

Polar Express Train

Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16

Friday, November 21 – Sunday, November 23

Friday, November 28 – Sunday, November 30

Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Iowa

Midwest Central Railroad

Mount Pleasant, Iowa

North Pole Express

Saturday, November 29

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

Michigan

Coopersville & Marne Railway

Coopersville, Michigan

Santa Train

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Saturday, Saturday 13 & Sunday, December 14

Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21

Huckleberry Railroad – Crossroads Village

Flint, Michigan

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Trains

Friday, November 28 – Sunday, November 30

Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

Tuesday, December 23

Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28

Tuesday, December 30

Little River Railroad

Coldwater, Michigan

Holiday Express Train with Santa

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

Southern Michigan Railroad

Tecumseh, Michigan

Santa Specials

Saturday, November 15 & Sunday, December 16

Additional dates to be announced

Steam Railroading Institute

Owosso, Michigan

Hunter's Widow Festival of Christmas & Train

Saturday, November 8

North Pole Express Train with Santa

Saturday, November 22 & Sunday, November 23

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30

Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

Minnesota

Minnesota Streetcar Museum – The Como–Harriet Streetcar Line

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Vinternatt Trolley

Saturday, December 6

Holly Trolley

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Minnesota Streetcar Museum – Excelsior Streetcar Line

Excelsior, Minnesota

Christkindlsmarkt Trolley

Friday, November 28 – Sunday November 30

North Shore Scenic Railroad

Fitgers, Minnesota

Christmas City Express Train with Santa

Friday, November 28 – Sunday, November 30

Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

Missouri

Branson Scenic Railway

Branson, Missouri

Polar Express Train

Friday, November 7 – Sunday, November 9

Thursday, November 13 – Sunday, November 16

Thursday, November 20 – Sunday, November 23

Friday, November 28 – Sunday, November 30

Daily, Thursday, December 4 – Sunday, December 21

Columbia Star Dinner Train

Columbia, Missouri

Children's Dinner Train with Santa

Fridays, December 5, 12 & 19

Sunday, December 21 – Tuesday, December 23

Children's Breakfast Train with Santa

Saturdays, December 6, 13 & 20

Home for the Holidays Premium Dinner Train

Saturday, December 27

New Year's Eve Dinner & Celebration Train

Wednesday, December 31

St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway

Jackson, Missouri

Santa Express Train

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, December 30

Friday, December 5 – Sunday December 7

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

New Year's Eve Express Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Wednesday, December 31

Ohio

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum

Dennison, Ohio

Polar Express Train

Thursday, December 11 – Sunday, December 14

Thursday, December 18 – Sunday, December 21

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

Nelsonville, Ohio

Santa Train

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21

New Year's Eve Train & Fireworks

Wednesday, December 31

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

Lebanon, Ohio

North Pole Express Train

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Monday, December 22

The Orrville Railroad

Orrville, Ohio

Riding with Santa Train

Saturdays, November 29 & December 6

South Dakota

Black Hills Central Railroad – 1880 Train

Hill City, South Dakota

Holiday Express Train

Friday, November 28 & Saturday, November 29

Saturday, December 13

Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21

Tuesday, December 23

Wisconsin

East Troy Electric Railroad Museum

East Troy, Wisconsin

Christmas Express Train with Santa

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

Mid-Continent Railway Museum

North Freedom, Wisconsin

Santa Express Train

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, December 30

National Railroad Museum

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Polar Express Train

Daily, Thursday, November 27 – Sunday, December 7

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway – Minnesota Transportation Museum

Osceola, Wisconsin

Santa's Train Shop

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Saturday, Saturday 13 & Sunday, December 14

Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad

Spooner, Wisconsin

Santa's Pizza Party Train

Saturdays, November 22 & 29

Saturdays, December 6, 13 & 20


 

 

 

 

 

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