Midwest US

Jolly Old Elf on track at railroads across the Midwest US

 
 "Santa Express," CTA Holiday Train, Chicago, Illinois.
“Santa Express,” CTA Holiday Train, Chicago, Illinois. © Matthew Zdano | Flickr

Illinois


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Chicago, Illinois
Union Station

Polar Express operates daily, Friday, December 1st through Monday, January 31st.
Telephone: +1 (312) 471-2501.

Chicago (various locations), Illinois
Santa in Chicago

Santa on the Train events run various dates.
Telephone: +1 (630) 837-9241.

Chicago area, Illinois
Chicago Transit Authority

Holiday Train
Green Line: November 24th, 25th and 28th.
Orange Line: November 24th and 28th through 30th; December 1st and 2nd.
Brown Line: November 29th through December 2nd.
Pink Line: December 5th and 6th.
Blue Line: December 7th through 9th.
Red Line: December 12th, 14th, and 16th.
Purple Line: December 13th, 15th, 16th and 21st.
Yellow Line: December 22nd.
Telephone: +1 (888) 968-7282

Monticello, Illinois
Monticello Railway Museum

Polar Express Train operates Fridays through Sundays, November 17th through December 9th (no train Sunday, December 10th);
Lunch with Santa on the Train runs Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and December 3rd.
Telephone: +1 (877) 762-9011.

South Elgin, Illinois
Fox River Trolley Museum

Polar Express operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 19th through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (847) 697-4676.

Union, Illinois
Illinois Railroad Museum

Happy Holiday Railway Santa Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (800) 244-7245.

Indiana


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Connersville, Indiana
Whitewater Valley Railroad

Polar Express Train operates daily, Friday, November 17th through Sunday, December 17th.

Metamora Holiday Special Excursions operate Thanksgiving Friday and Saturdays, November 24th through December 16th.
Santa Claus Limited Train runs Saturday, 25th.
Telephone: +1 (765) 825-2054.

French Lick, Indiana
French Lick Scenic Railway

Polar Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 3rd through December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (800) 748-7246.

Kokomo*, Indiana
Indiana Transportation Museum

Polar Bear Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 10th; Thursday through Sunday, December 14th through 17th; Wednesday through Saturday, December 20th through 23th. *Trains depart Logansport on Friday, November 24th; Thursdays, December 14th and 21st.
Telephone: +1 (317) 773-6000.

North Judson, Indiana
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum

Santa Train operates Saturdays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
Telephone: +1 (574) 896-3950.

Iowa


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Boone, Iowa
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

Santa Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (800) 626-0319.

Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Midwest Central Railroad

North Pole Express operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 10th.
Telephone: +1 (319) 385-2912.

Kansas


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
Abilene, Kansas

Santa Train operates Saturday, December 16th.
Telephone: +1 (765) 263-726.

Baldwin City, Kansas
Midland Railway Historical Association

Santa Claus Express operates Thursdays through Sundays, November 16th through December 10th.
Telephone: +1 (913) 721-1211.

Michigan


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Blissfield, Michigan
The Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Santa Express operates Saturdays, December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd.
Yuletide Train runs Saturday, November 11th.
Lunch with Santa Train runs Sundays, December 10th and 17th.
New Year’s Eve Celebration Train runs Sunday, December 31st.
Telephone: +1 (888) 467-2451.

Coldwater, Michigan
Little River Railroad

Holiday Express Train runs Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through December 10th.
Telephone: +1 (574) 215-0751.

Coopersville, Michigan
Coopersville & Marne Railway

Santa Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 24th.
Telephone: +1 (616) 997-7000.

Flint, Michigan
Huckleberry Railroad – Crossroads Village

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Trains operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 17th; Thursday through Saturday, December 21st through 23rd; Tuesday through Saturday, December 26th through 30th.
Telephone: +1 (800) 648-7275.

Owosso, Michigan
Steam Railroading Institute

North Pole Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 17th through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (989)-725-9464.

Minnesota


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Duluth, Minnesota
North Shore Scenic Railroad

Christmas City Express Train operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (800) 423-1273.

Excelsior, Minnesota
Minnesota Streetcar Museum – Excelsior Streetcar Line

Christkindlsmarkt Trolley operates Friday, November 24th through Sunday, November 26th.
Telephone: +1 (952) 922-1096.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota Streetcar Museum – Como–Harriet Streetcar Line

Holly Trolley operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 3rd.
Vinternatt Trolley runs Saturday, December 2nd.
Telephone: +1 (952) 922-1096.

Missouri


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Belton, Missouri
Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad

Santa Train operates Saturdays, December 2nd and 9th.
Telephone: +1 (816) 331-0630.

Branson, Missouri
Branson Scenic Railway

Polar Express operates Thursdays through Sundays, November 3rd through December 2nd; daily, Monday, December 4th through Saturday, December 23rd (also runs Wednesday, November 22nd; no train, Thanksgiving Day).
Telephone: +1 (800) 287-2462.

Jackson, Missouri
St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway

Santa Express sold out for 2017.
New Year’s Eve Express Dinner Train runs Sunday, December 31st.
Telephone: +1 (573) 243-1688.

St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Union Station

Polar Express runs daily, November 24th through December 30th (no train Christimas Day).
Telephone: +1 (314) 942-6942.

Ohio


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Akron and Independence, Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Mr. Jingaling’s Holiday Express operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 18th through 26th.
Christmas Tree Adventure runs Saturdays and Sundays, November 18th through 26th.
Independence only: Ugly Sweater Evening Holiday Train (adults only) runs selected days, Friday, November 24th through Friday, November 8th; daily, Sunday 10th through Thursday 21st.
Polar Express sold out for 2017.
Telephone: +1 (800) 468-4070.

Dennison, Ohio
Dennison Railroad Depot Museum

Polar Express operates Fridays through Sundays, December 1st through December 10th.
Telephone: +1 (877) 278-8020.

Lebanon, Ohio
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

North Pole Express operates Saturday and Sunday, November 25th and 26th; Sunday, December 3rd; Fridays through Sundays, December 8th through December 24th (also Thursday, December 23rd).
Telephone: +1 (513) 933-8022 Ext. 101.

Nelsonville, Ohio
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

Santa Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 17th.
New Year’s Eve Train & Fireworks runs Sunday, December 31st.
Telephone: +1 (740) 249-1452.

South Dakota


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Hill City, South Dakota
Black Hills Central Railroad – 1880 Train

Holiday Express operates Friday and Saturday, December 24th and 25th; Saturdays, December 2nd and 9th; Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th; Friday and Saturday, December 22nd and 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (605) 574-2222.

Wisconsin


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

East Troy, Wisconsin
East Troy Electric Railroad Museum

Christmas Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (262) 642-3263.

Green Bay, Wisconsin
National Railroad Museum

Polar Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 17th through November 26th; Wednesday, November 29th through Sunday, December 3rd.
Holidays on Rails runs Tuesday, December 5th and Saturday, December 9th.
Telephone: +1 (920) 437-7623.

North Freedom, Wisconsin
Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Santa Express operates Saturday and Sunday, November 25th and 26th.
Telephone: +1 (800) 930-1385.

Osceola, Wisconsin
Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway – Minnesota Transportation Museum

Santa’s Train Shop runs Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (715) 755-3570.

Spooner, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad

Santa Pizza Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 18th through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (715) 635-3200.