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2023 Polar Express on the V&T Railroad

The Polar Express™ for the 2023 Christmas holiday season will visit the North Pole on select dates from November 17 through December 23. The Polar Express™ sells out every year. Get tickets as soon as possible if you want to ensure the best seats, date, and time for your family and/or group. Tickets are available online from the Polar Express website and by phone at 855-724-5102.

Candy Cane Express Trains on the V&T Railroad

November 24 - 25 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2023. The grand finale is December 23 - 24, 2023. There will be three trains each day departing from the Virginia City depot (166 F Street), at 12 noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. On the scenic 50-minute journey over the 150-year old V&T railroad route, you will enjoy hot cocoa or cider, candy canes & cookies, and sing-a-long carols on the festively decorated train. Children four and under are free if they sit on a parent's lap. Reservations required and seating is assigned - buy tickets online. For more information, call (775) 847-0380.

Santa Trains at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

Saturday and Sunday, December 2 - 3, 9 - 10, 16 - 17, 2023. Come ride the festive steam train during the Christmas holiday season at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. You can visit with Santa aboard the train and write a letter to Santa at the "Letters to Santa" table. Buy raffle tickets supporting the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum to win great prizes. Tickets are $5 for all riders; children 2 and under sitting on a lap are free. No reservations needed, but you can purchase advance tickets from the admission desk. Santa Trains run every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Polar Express, Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Nevada, NV
North Pole on the Polar Express, Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Photo © Stan White

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Santa Trains at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola

Fridays and Saturdays, December 2, 8 - 9 and 15 - 16, 2023. The museum opens at 4 p.m. and Santa trains will run from 5 p.m. to about 8 p.m., or until everyone gets a ride. Admission is $10 per carload, or $5 per carload with a donation of at least 3 non-perishable food items for the local food bank. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, plus special exhibits and local vendors. Passengers can enjoy free coffee, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. Except for the Santa trains, the museum is closed for the winter. For more information, call (530) 832-4131. The Western Pacific Railroad Museum is located at 700 Western Pacific Way in Portola, CA, about an hour north of Reno.

Santa's Reindeer Flyer Christmas Express Train on the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely

December 1 - 2, 8 - 10, 14 - 18, 21 - 23, 26 - 28, 2023. Join with us as the most magical train of the year, Santa's Reindeer Flyer, once again heads to the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus. Everyone knows that Santa loves trains so it is only natural that you will find Santa here, on the Nevada Northern Railway. On the trip to the North Pole, we serve hot chocolate and cookies. Tickets are $45 for adults, $38 for seniors, $20 for kids ages 4 to 12, and free for children under 4. Visit the web page for train ride dates, times, and to get tickets online. Ticket reservations strongly suggested as trains often sell out. For more information, call (775) 289-2085. No pets allowed on the trains or the grounds (except certified service animals).

Polar Express Train Ride at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento

November 24 to December 20, 2023. Wednesday to Sunday departures at 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Additional runs on Tuesday, December 19. The evening begins in our passenger station where you will be entertained by Polar Express characters, enjoy hot chocolate and a sweet treat courtesy of our hot chocolate chefs, and then board your train to the North Pole. Once you reach the North Pole, Santa himself will come on board to give each passenger the first gift of Christmas, a silver sleigh bell. Visit the website for information on ticket pricing and descriptions of the coach, open air or first class rides available.

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