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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

CTA Holiday Train

Green Line: November 28, 29, and December 2

Orange and Brown Lines: December 3, 4, 5 & 6

Pink Line: December 9 & 10

Blue Line: December 11, 12 & 13

Red Line: December 16 & 18

Purple Line: December 17 & 19

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

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 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

Indiana Transportation Museum

Noblesville, Indiana

Polar Bear Express Train

Saturday, November 29

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

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, 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

Whitewater Valley Railroad

Connersville, Indiana

Metamora Holiday Special Excursions Train

Friday, November 28 & Saturday, November 29

Saturdays, December 8, 15 & 22

Iowa

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

Boone, Iowa

Santa Express Train

Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

Midwest Central Railroad

Mount Pleasant, Iowa

North Pole Express

Saturday, November 29

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

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 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 29 & Sunday, November 30

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

The Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Trains

Blissfield, Michigan

Santa Express Trains

Saturdays, December 6, 13 & 20

Lunch with Santa Train

Sundays, December 14 & 21

New Year's Eve Celebration Train

Wednesday, December 31

Steam Railroading Institute

Owosso, Michigan

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

Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad

Belton, Missouri

Santa Train

Saturdays, November 29 & December 6

Branson Scenic Railway

Branson, Missouri

Polar Express Train

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

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

Thursday, November 20 ‐ Tuesday, November 25

Daily, Friday, November 28 – Sunday, December 21

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Akron & Rockside, Ohio

Mr. Jingaling's Holiday Express

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30

Christmas Tree Adventure Train

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30

ChristmasTrain to Holiday Market at Lock 3 (departs Rockside)

Sunday, November 30

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

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad

Middleton, Wisconsin

Polar Express Train

Saturday, November 22 & Sunday, November 23

Friday, November 28 – Sunday, November 30

Thursday, December 4 – Sunday, December 7

Tuesday, December 9 – Sunday, December 14

Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 22


 

 

 

 

 

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