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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

Chicago Transit Authority

Chicago area, Illinois

Holiday Train

Blue Line: December 11, 12 & 13

Red Line: December 16, 18, 20 & 22

Purple Line: December 17, 19 & 20

Yellow Line: December 23

Fox River Trolley Museum

South Elgin, Illinois

Polar Express Train

Sold out for 2014

Illinois Railroad Museum

Union, Illinois

Happy Holiday Train

Sold out for 2014

Monticello Railway Museum

Monticello, Illinois

Polar Express Train

Sold out for 2014

Indiana

French Lick Scenic Railway – Indiana Railway Museum

French Lick, Indiana

Polar Express Train

Sold out for 2014

Indiana Transportation Museum

Fishers, Indiana

Polar Bear Express Train

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Tuesday, December 23

Take Santa Home Train

Saturday, December 27

Whitewater Valley Railroad

Connersville, Indiana

Polar Express Train

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Whitewater Valley Railroad

Connersville, Indiana

Metamora Holiday Special Excursions Train

Saturdays, December 13 & 20

Santa Claus Limited Train

Saturday, December 28

Iowa

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

Boone, Iowa

Santa Express Train

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

Kansas

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

Abilene, Kansas

Santa Trains

Saturday, December 13

Midland Railway Historical Association

Baldwin City, Kansas

Santa Claus Express Train

Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

Michigan

Coopersville & Marne Railway

Coopersville, Michigan

Santa Train

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, 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 13 & Sunday, December 14

Southern Michigan Railroad

Tecumseh, Michigan

Santa Specials

Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

The Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Trains

Blissfield, Michigan

New Year's Eve Celebration Train

Wednesday, December 31

Minnesota

North Shore Scenic Railroad

Fitgers, Minnesota

Christmas City Express Train with Santa

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

Missouri

Branson Scenic Railway

Branson, Missouri

Polar Express Train

Daily, Thursday, December 4 – Sunday, December 21

Columbia Star Dinner Train

Columbia, Missouri

Children's Dinner Train with Santa

Fridays, December 12 & 19

Sunday, December 21 – Tuesday, December 23

Children's Breakfast Train with Santa

Saturdays, December 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

Sold out for 2014

New Year's Eve Express Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Wednesday, December 31

St. Louis Union Station

St. Louis, Missouri

Polar Express Train

Tickets available with hotel packages only.

Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Independence and Akron, Ohio

Polar Express Train

Sold out for 2014

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, 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

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Monday, December 22

South Dakota

Black Hills Central Railroad – 1880 Train

Hill City, South Dakota

Holiday Express Train

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, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway – Minnesota Transportation Museum

Osceola, Wisconsin

Santa's Train Shop

Saturday, Saturday 13 & Sunday, December 14

Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad

Middleton, Wisconsin

Polar Express Train

Tuesday, December 9 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 22


 

 

 

 

 

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