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Experience the magic!

Join us for a journey to the North Pole in Colorado’s Royal Gorge and meet Santa Claus himself. The Santa Express Train is a winter wonderland, where children of all ages gather to make memories you’ll treasure year after year.

Holiday cheer abounds aboard the train — and while you and your family are welcome to order and enjoy lunch or dinner, as well as your favorites from our full bar, we make our way to pick up St. Nick.

Once the guest of honor boards the train, Santa will greet every child and give them a very special gift.

Just like the Santa Express Train, the Holiday Train travels through the Royal Gorge for a round-trip journey. Our Holiday Train railcars are decorated beautifully to celebrate the season, and the vibe is relaxed for guests of all ages. To learn more about the Holiday Train, click here! 

What’s Included in your Santa Express Train ticket?

Each Santa Express Ticket includes your journey, meeting Santa Claus aboard the train, cocoa and cookies, and a very special gift from St. Nick.

Our 403 Grill and full bar are additional — and open on every trip. We cook from scratch and offer several limited-time holiday favorites, so feel free to pre-order your meals when booking your tickets, or order when you board the train.

50,000 lights!

Prepare to be dazzled by a holiday display featuring more than 50,000 lights in the North Pole. On the return trip, enjoy the festive laser lights dancing against the sheer rock wall of Colorado’s grandest canyon.

Light show in the Gorge
Little boy with Santa

30,000 smiles!

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.

An unforgettable ride!

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NOV. 19 – DEC 24 and DEC 26-30


9:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure to pick up your tickets.

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When you get here.

We recommend arriving at least 45 minutes 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.

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Ticket includes your journey aboard the train, hot cocoa, meeting Santa and a special gift for ticketed children.

$104 Adult /$94 Child (ages 1-12) – Vista Dome:
Offers 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.

$89 Adult / $79 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.

$74 Adult / $64 Child (ages 1-12) – Coach Class: Comfortable seats with expansive windows that showcase pristine views throughout one of Colorado’s grandest canyons).

Dining Information:

Lunch and dinner is additional and may be pre-ordered while booking your tickets, or purchased while aboard the train. Soft drinks and beverages from the bar may also be ordered while aboard the train!

Visit our gift shop.

While waiting to board the train enjoy a little holiday shopping in our new Santa Fe Depot retail store, brimming with unique gifts for the holiday season. Gift certificates are also available.

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Upgrade your experience.

Photo with Santa

Photo with Santa

Make your holiday memories last by taking home a beautiful custom Santa Express Premium Photo Folio. Our professional photographers will put your family in the middle of the holiday action with our custom winter, train-in-the-gorge background. Folios include your family photo, a magical Santa Express Golden Ticket punched by the Conductor. Pre-purchase for $30 now, or purchase on site for $35 when you ride.

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Holiday Ornaments

Our Santa Fe Depot retail experience is chock-full of holiday gifts, ornaments, decor, wearables and toys you’ll love. You may also pre-purchase our custom 2021 Santa Express Ornament. When pre-purchasing, your ornament gift voucher will be with your train tickets at the Santa Fe Depot. It can be redeemed in our Gift Shop before or after your journey aboard the Santa Express Train.

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Santa waving

Grill Meal Package

Enjoy delicious entrees from our Santa Express 403 Grill Menu! You’re invited to pre-purchase our 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. Child meal packages include a child entrée and a 16oz beverage. You may also order on the train à la carte from our Santa Express Menu.

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The Royal Gorge Route has a no refund policy.
Virtually all of our guests understand that together, we engage in a common social contract: we provide a journey and dining experience aboard our train through the Royal Gorge. In exchange, guests pay for their ride aboard the train and the food, beverages and other special packages they order. Unfortunately, the pandemic has created a new phenomenon – guests who have no intention of paying are purchasing and enjoying hospitality, travel and restaurant experiences across the U.S., then, they are reversing charges and scamming businesses.

Please don’t purchase a ticket with this intention. Remember, really good people are working hard to provide a wonderful trip and dining experience for you. We promise to do our best and thank you in advance for being a gracious guest.

We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you aboard the Santa Express Train! 

For same day booking please call the reservations department at 719-276-4000

Please note that we seat in parties of 4. In the tradition of railroad fine dining, parties of 2 will most likely be seated across from another couple. Most of our guests enjoy meeting fellow rail fans. When seated with another couple, you and your guest will be seated on the same side. Larger groups will be seated in adjacent rows.

Seating is limited and trains sell out quickly, so make your reservations early online or by calling us at: 719-276-4000.

Every effort will be made to accommodate any special dietary or physical needs. For questions about the accessibility of the train, its different classes, or if you would like to be seated with another party, please call the reservations department at 719-276-4000 prior to booking a reservation on our web site.

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 Reservations if you have a wheelchair (24″maximum at base), walker, or difficulties climbing stairs. For questions about the accessibility of the train and its different classes, please call prior to booking a reservation on our website. All seating is assigned/reserved and cannot be guaranteed.Please call a representative at 719-276-4000 to book your tickets for the entire party with a wheelchair or movement impaired passenger.

Call our Group Sales Line at 719.276.4004 to book the entire car for your special group.



  • 4 star rating Dining on the rails We had a club car experience and it was wonderful! Our seats were on the south side of the train and it had an incredible view for the duration of... read more - EliLap24 - 6/25/2020 

    5 star rating Great time. Very fun! Inside car gets a little chilly so bring a light sweater. Friendly staff made us feel so comfortable. Train ride awesome and view was great!! Female conductor was... read more - debdanjo3 - 6/23/2020 

    5 star rating Great Experience This a must do in Colorado springs. We went to the Royal Gorge bridge prior to riding the train and it really made a difference. The river is spectacular... read more - RobertD4137 - 6/22/2020 

  • 5 star rating Fun day trip This was my first time on a passenger train and it didn’t disappoint. We sat in the Vista Dome and the views were amazing. It was nice to... read more - herowannabe - 6/20/2020 

    5 star rating Moments Make Memories Enjoying nachos and Prosecco, delivered by Acacia. She’s funny, efficient, quick, and a wealth of knowledge - Nicole G. - 6/17/2020 

    4 star rating Great views and service, food just ok Took the dome car with our family of five, all sat together, it was very comfortable, but if it’s a nice day I would’ve gone coach and spent the ride... read more - RTMamacita - 6/14/2020 


Adventure awaits

Hop aboard the Santa Express Train and experience a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure through the Royal Gorge and Colorado Rockies. Departing daily from the Santa Fe Depot in Canon City from November 19 to December 26.

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