Oh what fun it is to ride on a Christmas train tonight!
Christmas is a time for trains. From loved ones reuniting on station platforms to toy trains rolling beneath the tree, railways really do take on special significance over the holidays. No surprise then, that this Yuletide season will see thousands of Christmastime train rides running from Alberta, Canada to Victoria, Australia.
Seasonal train rides are holiday hits with tiny tots, sentimental seniors, and everyone in between. Themes range from dinner trains and shopping trips to regional holiday traditions. A number of railways are planning special New Year’s Eve runs. In Canada and the US, tree farm trips and North Pole-bound Santa trains are top choices. In Britain and Australia, Mince Pie trains and express runs to see Father Christmas in his grotto are crowd pleasers.
Many Christmas trains are brightly decorated for the holiday season. Some roll though twinkling holiday lights displays and many continue all the way to the jolly old elf’s doorstep. Christmas caroling and story telling are almost always included and hot cocoa and cookies are often served. Personal visits with the man of the season frequently include a special gift. For “true believers,” an increasing number of railways are hosting authentic Polar Express® journeys.
This year, Christmas is on track at over 200 scenic and heritage railways across the US., Canada, Enngland, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Activities and entertainment vary but most offer tasty Christmas treats and pajamas are encouraged for all!