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November 21st - December 27th

Ride the Santa Express Train to the North Pole! 


santa_express3.jpgThe Santa Express is a winter wonderland, where children (and all) are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and a cookie as the Santa Express Train makes its way to the North Pole, decorated like a true Christmas town, bedecked with holiday lights for its most famous resident – Santa Claus.  Christmas music and Santa's Elves will keep you entertained.  The Santa Express event features over 17,000 lights!

Once Santa boards the train at the North Pole, children await their turn to receive their very special gift - from Kris Kringle himself.  A special holiday bell will be given to all ticketed children. If you wish to purchase a holiday bell(s), they are available in the Santa Express gift shop. Click here to see the full schedule of Santa Express Train departure dates and times.

Experience festive dining and special offers that save you money! 

santa_express4.jpgFirst Class and Vista Dome guests may pre-purchase the grill meal package for $13.95 per adult and $8.25 per child and save up to $3.00 per meal.  The meal package includes a 16 ounce non-alcoholic drink. Our food is always delicious and prepared fresh to order. Choose entrees from buffalo burgers to our famous basil chicken panini. And we do feature a full-service bar featuring drinks sure to please.

Click here to see our Santa Express grill menu.

Coach class guests may pre-purchase a meal deal for $6.95 that includes a hot dog or corn dog, chips and a 16 ounce non-alcoholic drink from the Concession car, a savings of $1.00 per meal.

 Have your photo taken with Santa Claus


Special Photo Opportunity: Have a professional photo taken with Santa when the train returns from the North Pole for a pre-purchase price of only $15.00 (a pre-purchase savings of $5.00). This is an exclusive opportunity to spend time with Santa and share your wish list with the jolly elf himself.
 Continue your memories with the Santa Express Ornament sure to provide lasting memories of our trip to the North Pole to visit Santa.

You will be given these pre-purchse savings options when making your reservation online or with one of our reservations specialists.

The Santa Fe Depot Christmas gift shop will be open prior to the train's departure and after the train returns for holiday shopping. Thomas the Tank Engine gift items as well as Santa Express Train items will be offered for sale along with many other special holiday gifts.

Important Booking Details

Children ages are 1-12
Children under 1, ride free on an adult's lap

Please arrive 45-minutes prior to departure to pick up your tickets. All seating is assigned/reserved and trains depart promptly for the one and one-half hour journey to the North Pole and return. The entire journey is over 6,000 miles, however warp speed usually goes unnoticed. 

Due to the popular demand for the Santa Express Train, tickets are non-refundable. Please read our cancellation policy here

santa_express2.jpgWe 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.  Parties larger than 4 may be seated across the aisle or back to back. 

If you wish to be seated with another party(s), please call Reservations at 888-724-5748 before your reservation is made.  Seating assignments are made based on the date the reservation is made. Specific seating locations are not guaranteed.  Changes to seating cannot be made on the night of departure.      

If you made your original reservation online and wish to add more guests to your reservation, please call reservations at 888.724.5748. 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.



Call 888.724.5748 or 719.276.4000 to learn more and make your reservations today!

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