Holiday Trains in New Jersey: All Aboard the Polar Express!
Ok, so you can’t quite make it to the North Pole this year. Good thing in New Jersey the North Pole can come to you—on wheels, no less! Check out these holiday train rides with Santa and book your tickets as soon as possible to ensure your spot on these special train rides--they sell out incredibly fast. And don't forget to have fun!
The Christmas Express (Daytime/Night time--Allaire State Park)
Sponsored by The New Jersey Museum of Transportation, the Christmas Express is a wonderful tradition! Not only does Santa Claus join in the fun, but he rides the Christmas Express and talks to all the children. Next dates: December 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22; Day trips are every 30 minutes from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Fare: $6.00. Note: Night Trips leave every half hour from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM; Fare: $6.00. Please purchase tickets in advance: You are purchasing tickets for a trip on a SET day and time. Each person planning to ride the train requires a paid ticket for this event. (732-919-3500)
Santa Train Rides (Statewide)
Available throughout New Jersey for the rest of December, these Santa Train Rides offer kids and their parents a chance to meet Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, his helper elves & others cartoon characters. Departure stations include Whippany, Denville and Mountain Lakes. Prices vary by departure location. Choose a departure location; prices will then be visible at the station, and you will return to the station you left from.
Whippany Railway Museum—Santa Claus Special
Santa Claus visits trains that depart rain or shine from the Whippany Railway Museum grounds in Morris County, New Jersey. Note: All club car seats are SOLD OUT. Coach seating is still available online! The next trains depart December 7 & 8th; and 14th and 15th. During each excursion, Santa makes his way through the train and visits with the children onboard. The train crew follows along, giving the kids a special gift from Santa. The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland and return allows passengers time to enjoy the Festivities of the Season and the merriment on the train. Fares: Infants On Laps, One-year of age and under : FREE
Children (Under 12): $9; Adults (Age 12+): $14.
Strasburg Rail Road (Strasburg, PA)
If you want to cross the border into Lancaster County, PA, check out the Strasburg Rail Road where Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA and back. Santa's Paradise Express Departs December 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th, and 21st & 22nd. (Multiple train departure times each day, every 30 minutes, beginning at 11 am. Boarding times are 15 minutes before departure times.) Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA and back. As a special treat, children ages 11 and under will receive a gift from Santa and his helper. Plus, children are treated to storybook readings of holiday classics. Visitors of all ages can also enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motor car. Prices vary by type of car. Click here for more info and to learn about the Night Before Christmas train! (866-725-9666)