Santa Express Train

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Santa Express Train

Journey to the North Pole deep within the Royal Gorge, then meet Santa Claus himself!

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The Santa Express Train

We’ve all seen the movie and read the book! Now experience the train that takes you to meet Santa Claus himself at the magical North Pole. The Santa Express Train is a winter wonderland, where children of all ages are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends on a journey you’ll treasure year after year.

While waiting to board the train you can get your holiday shopping completed in our retail store, complete with unique gifts for the holiday season. As the Santa Express train travels to the North Pole, sing along to a mix of new and old Christmas music playing, while enjoying delicious, locally sourced entrees available on every Santa Express class of service. On the way to the North Pole, we’ll keep your family entertained, while you nibble on cookies and sip hot cocoa.

When the Santa Express Train reaches the North Pole, Santa and his special Elves board the train to pass out a special holiday bell to each ticketed child as he makes his way through the train.

More than 30,000 guests ride the Santa Express Train each year, so tickets sell out quickly. Book your trip today and find out why the Santa Express Train is Colorado’s top Christmas train experience.

We recommend arriving 1-1.5 hours in advance of your scheduled departure time to get your photos and golden tickets to take onboard! Early arriving passengers may be allowed to pre-board to get settled in for the unforgettable journey ahead. Please note that all guests are assigned seating and arriving early does not allow you to pick your seats.

Dates of Service
Please arrive 45 minutes prior to departure to pick up your tickets.

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Ride to the North Pole with Santa and Mrs.Claus on this special 9:15 am Breakfast with Santa departure.This train ride includes breakfast, hot chocolate, and a leisurely visit with Santa all for the price of your ticket. Enjoy a nice relaxing ride with majestic views, delicious food, and a special gift from St. Nick himself. Check out the link above for dates and more information about this event.

Enjoy Delicious Entrees From Our Grill Menu!
Guests may pre-purchase the grill meal package for $22.00 per adult and $14.00 per child to save! All adult grill meal packages come with an entree, 16oz non-alcoholic beverage, and a Santa Express Pint Glass while child meal packages include a child entrée and a 16oz beverage. You also have the ability to order on the train à la carte from our Santa Express Menu.

Make sure your family Holiday memories last well beyond your trip by taking home a beautiful custom Santa Express Premium Photo Folio. These folios include a magical Santa Express Golden Ticket for children to have punched by the Conductor during your journey. Our professional photographers will put your family in the middle of the Holiday action with our custom photo backgrounds. These folios can be pre-purchased at special advanced pricing of $30 for the premium folio or flash drive. There is also an opportunity to purchase the photo or flash drive the day of your trip for the regular price of $35.

Pre-purchase the Santa Express Custom Ornament for $6.40. The gift voucher will be with your train tickets and can be redeemed in the Gift Shop.

Santa Express

Duration of Trip

1-1.5 hours 

  • 12:30, 4:00 & 7:00 PM departures

Pricing Information

All listed prices do not include taxes and fees.

Value Pricing:
Monday- Thursday, Nov. 14th – Dec. 12th

All days Dec. 26th- Dec. 31st.

$49 Adult / $39 Child (ages 1-12) – Coach Class (Comfortable seats with expansive windows that showcase pristine views throughout one of Colorado’s grandest canyons).
$59 Adult / $49 Child (ages 1-12) – Club Class 
(Comfortable table style seating in one of our historic Club cars. Featuring unique warm woods and large picture windows that showcases the beautiful canyon during our majestic winter season.)
$69 Adult /$59 Child (ages 1-12) – Vista Dome – (offering the most spectacular views of the breathtaking Royal Gorge and the mighty Arkansas River. Vista Dome offers comfortable booth-styled seats for a relaxing trip through this meandering canyon)

Peak Pricing:
Fri., Sat., and Sun. during Nov. 15th- Dec. 8th

All days Dec. 13th- Dec. 20th.

$54 Adult / $44 Child (ages 1-12) – Coach Class
$64 Adult /$54 Child (ages 1-12) – Club Class
$74 Adult /$64 Child (ages 1-12) – Vista Dome

Premium Pricing:
December 21st- 24th

$59 Adult / $54 Child (ages 1-12) – Coach Class
$69 Adult /$64 Child (ages 1-12) – Club Class
$79 Adult /$74 Child (ages 1-12) – Vista Dome

Dates of Service

Dates of Service
NOV 19th – DEC 30th  with up to four daily departures. 9:15 AM* 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM, and 7:30 PM

All classes of service offer our special holiday menu featuring delicious, fresh to order entrees from our grill, along with a full service bar.

*9:15 AM is a Breakfast With Santa Event.

The Fine Print

We urge you to make your reservation early for Santa Express because most dates sell out weeks or months in advance. Please have alternative dates in mind in case your choice of date is unavailable. Please also note that all seats are pre-assigned at time of booking. Specific seating locations cannot be guaranteed. Parties of  more than 4 will be seated across the aisle or back to back. When selecting a date, if you do not see the ticket quantity selection, that particular class of service is sold out.

If you made your original reservation online and wish to add more guests to your reservation, please call reservations at 719.276.4000. If you wish to sit with another family which has made their reservation, please call our reservations department prior to making your own reservation. If multiple reservations are made, we cannot ensure that you will be seated together.

Wheelchair Accessibility: The train only can accommodate a limited number of wheelchair patrons per each train departure. The Vista Dome is not accessible to wheelchairs. Guests must be able to climb 14 steps themselves in order to sit in the Dome Cars. Please call a representative at 719.276.4000 to book your tickets for the entire party with a wheelchair or movement impaired passenger.

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