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4 Santa & Holiday Train Ride Excursions to Take This Season

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on November 9, 2022
Photo courtesy of Arcade and Attica Railroad / Photo x Patrick Wortman

All aboard! As the holiday season rolls in so does a long list of Santa-themed train ride excursions packed with fun for the whole family. From meeting Santa to visiting the North Pole, gifts for children, hot chocolate and plenty of Polar Express realness, we love this holiday activity for so many reasons.

Here’s everywhere you can take the fam on a holiday-themed train ride excursion this season in Buffalo and Western New York:

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Wonderland Express / Photo courtesy of Arcade and Attica Railroad

1. Arcade & Attica Railroad Wonderland Express

Arcade & Attica Railroad’s Wonderland Express Train Rides features 6 runs daily on their heated vintage train. Visitors will experience a 2 hour and 20 minute round-trip excursion to Curriers Station (aka the North Pole) to experience activities for the whole family including jumping on the lil’ elf sleigh, taking a family photo in Santa’s sleigh, mailing your wish-list, visiting the Elf House, and more. Get the chance to visit Santa in his house, enjoy souvenirs and food concessions (cocoa, cookies, chili, and more), and on the way home all the children will receive a gift from Santa!

Excursions run most Saturdays and Sundays in November and December with some Friday availability.

aarailroad.com

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2. Medina Railroad Museum’s Santa’s Reindeer Story & The Polar Express

The Museum’s vintage locomotive and train cars from 1947 to 1957 features five passenger cars and two first class cars. This holiday season enjoy multiple family friendly train ride experiences to Lockport and back.

First, check out Santa’s Reindeer Story on December 17th and 18th, 2022. According to their website, This Train Ride departs from the Medina Railroad Museum for a 1 hr. round trip to the North Pole. Once on board, the conductor will come around and punch your ticket before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served. Sing along as Christmas music plays. Passengers then can read along with the children’s book, Santa’s Reindeer Story, How the Reindeer Got Their Names. When we arrive at the North Pole, Santa will join us for the ride back to the museum. Share your special wishes with Santa as he visits with the children. Each child will receive a gift from Santa himself. Families can explore the railroad museum’s exhibits and interactive model train layout and take a Christmas photo in Santa’s sleigh and visit with the Live Reindeer!”

Second, The Polar Express train ride will run Saturdays and Sundays through late November and early December. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. According to their website, “Once on board, the conductor will come around and punch your golden ticket before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. During the trip, characters on each car lead fantastic onboard entertainment! When we arrive at the North Pole, Santa will join us for the ride back to the museum. Santa will give each child the first gift of Christmas, a sleigh bell in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride! Families can explore the railroad museum’s exhibits and interactive model train layout and take a Christmas photo in Santa’s sleigh.”

medinarailroadmuseum.org

3. The Buffalo Cattaraugus & Jamestown Railroad’s Santa Express

This holiday season, The Buffalo Cattaraugus & Jamestown Railroad presents a 1 hour train ride on the Santa Express departing from 4 Scott Street in Hamburg. Santa & Elves will be riding the train and will give gifts to the children riding the train. Excursions are available on December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th (Trains Depart at 10:00AM, 12:00PM, 2:00PM, & 4:00PM).

bcjrailroad.com

4. New York & Lake Erie Railroad’s Santa Express Train Ride

Santa Express Train Rides are coming up at New York & Lake Erie Railroad. According to their website, children will get to meet Santa during the ride and he just might even have gifts for all! This is a 1 hour trip for all ages. Consessions are available on the ride as well. Rides take place on weekends during December leading up to Christmas.

nylerailroad.com

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/emily/" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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