Southern US

Hop a holly jolly Christmas train at a Southern US railroad

 
Santa Express, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Santa Express, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, Blue Ridge, Georgia. © Fannin County-Blue Ridge Chamber of Commerce

Alabama


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.

Calera, Alabama
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

North Pole Express Evening Train operates Fridays through Sundays, November 17th through December 16th (no train Sunday, December 17th).
Santa Special Day Train runs Saturdays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
Telephone: +1 (205) 668-3435.

Huntsville, Alabama
North Alabama Railroad Museum

North Star Limited operates Fridays and Saturdays, December 1st through December 9th.
Santa Train runs Saturdays, December 2nd and 9th.
Telephone: +1 (256) 851-6276.

Silverhill, Alabama
Wales & West Light Railway

Arctic Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through Sunday, December 24th.
Telephone: +1 (888) 569-5337.

Arkansas


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.

Springdale, Arkansas
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Holiday Express operates selected days, Friday, November 24th through Friday, December 8th; daily, Tuesday, December 12th through Friday, December 22nd (no train Monday, December 18th). . Pajama Train runs selected days, Thursday, November 30th through Thursday, December 21st . Rogers Christmas Parade Train runs Friday, December 1st. . Children’s Christmas Train runs Saturday, December 2nd. .
Telephone: +1 (800) 687-8600.

Florida


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.

Fort Myers, Florida
Seminole Gulf Railway

Christmas Rail/Boat train operates Mondays and Tuesdays, December 11th through 19th.
Nutcracker’s Final Curtain Murder Mystery Dinner Train runs Sunday, December 24th.
Boxing Day Special Murder Mystery Dinner Train runs Tuesday, December 26th.
New Year’s Eve Gala Murder Mystery Dinner Train runs Sunday, December 31st.
Telephone: +1 (800) 736-4853.

Miami, Florida
Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Polar Express Train operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 9th (no train Sunday, December 10th); daily, Friday, December 15th through Sunday, December 24th.
Telephone: +1 (305) 253-0063.

Parrish, Florida
Florida Railroad Museum

North Pole Express Evening Train operates Thursdays through Sundays, November 30th through December 17th; also Monday, December 18th.
Telephone: +1 (941) 776-0906.

Tavares, Florida
Orlando & Northwestern Railway

Polar Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 17th through 26th; daily, except Mondays, November29th through December 30th (also on Monday, December 18th).
Telephone: +1 (352) 742-7200.

Georgia


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.

Blue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Santa Express operates Saturdays, Sundays, and Thanksgiving Friday, November 24th through December 10th; daily, Saturday, December 16th through Saturday, December 23rd.
New Years Eve Train runs Sunday, December 31st.
Telephone: +1 (877) 413- 8724.

Cordele, Georgia
SAM Shortline Excursion Train

Mistletoe Express runs selected Fridays and Saturdays, December 1st through 22nd.
Christmas in Plains runs Saturday, December 2nd.
Candy Cane Express runs selected weekdays, December 5th through 19th.
North Pole Express runs Friday, December 15th.
Breakfast with Santa runs Saturday, December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (229) 276-0755.

Summerville, Georgia
Tennessee Valley Railroad

Santa Special operates Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through December 23rd (no train Sunday, December 24th).
Telephone: +1 (423) 894-8028.

Kentucky


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.

Bardstown, Kentucky
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

North Pole Express Trains operate Saturdays and Sundays, November 26th through December 23rd (no train December 24th).
New Year’s Eve Dinner Train runs Sunday, December 31st.
Telephone: +1 (866) 801-3463.

New Haven, Kentucky
Kentucky Railway Museum

North Pole Express Evening Train operates Fridays through Sundays, December 1st through December 17th; Thursday and Friday, December 21st and 22nd.
Santa Express Day Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through December 17th; Thursday and Friday, December 21st and 22nd.
Telephone: +1 (800) 272-0152.

Stearns, Kentucky
Big South Fork Scenic Railway

Polar Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 10th; daily, Friday, December 15th through Saturday, December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (800) 462-5664.

Versailles, Kentucky
Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum

Home for the Holidays Train operates Saturday, November 25th.
Santa Claus Train Rides run Saturdays and Sundays, December 9th through 17th.
Telephone: +1 (800) 755-2476.

Louisiana


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.

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

Polar Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 10th; daily, Friday, December 15th through Saturday, December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (504) 930-4408.

Mississippi


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.

Batesville, Mississippi
Grenada Railway

The Train to Christmas Town operates Fridays through Sundays and selected weekdays, November 18th through December 3rd; most days, December 6th through 27th.
Telephone:+1 (877) 334-4783.

North Carolina


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.

Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Christmas runs Fridays and Saturdays, November 24th through December 30th. Telephone: +1 (800) 526-5740.

Bryson City, North Carolina
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Polar Express operates Fridays, Saturdays and selected Sundays and weekdays, November 10th through November 26th; daily, November 29th through December 31st (no train Monday, December 25th).
Telephone: +1 (800) 872-4681.

New Hill, North Carolina
New Hope Valley Railway

Santa Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through December 10th.
Telephone: +1 (919) 362-5416.

Spencer, North Carolina
North Carolina Transportation Museum

Polar Express operates Friday and Saturday, November 17th and 18th; Fridays through Sundays, November 4th through December 10th; daily, December 14th through 22nd.
Telephone: +1 (704) 636-2889.

South Carolina


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.

Winnsboro, South Carolina
South Carolina Railroad Museum

Santa Trains run Saturdays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
Telephone: +1 (803) 712-4135.

Tennessee


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.

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tennessee Valley Railroad

North Pole Limited operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 30th (no train December 31st); also daily, December 18th through 21st.
Christmas Special Dinner Train runs Fridays, Saturdays, and selected Sundays, November 25th through December 30th (no trains December 22nd and 23rd).
Nightcaps With St. Nick (departs from Grand Junction Depot) runs Fridays and Saturdays, December 1st through 23rd.
Santa’s Hiwassee Holiday Train (departs Delano) runs Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through 23rd (no trains December 3rd or 24th).
New Year’s Eve Dinner Train runs Sunday, December 31st.
Telephone: +1 (423) 894-8028.

Knoxville, Tennessee
Three Rivers Rambler

Christmas Lantern Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 10th (no train Saturday, November 25th); daily, Friday, December 15th through Saturday, December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (865) 524-9411.

Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee Central Railway Museum

North Pole Express runs Saturdays, November 25th and December 2nd and 9th.
Telephone: +1 (615) 244-9001.

Virginia


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.

 
Burke Centre, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Spotsylvania, and Woodbridge, Virginia
VRE Virginia Railroad Express

Santa Trains run Saturday, December 10th.
Telephone: No phone number available..

Dillwyn, Virginia
James River Rambler

Santa Train runs Saturdays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
Telephone: +1 (804) 231-4324.

West Virginia


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.

Elkins, West Virginia
Mountain Rail Adventures – Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Polar Express operates Wednesdays through Sundays, November 5th through 19th; Friday through Sunday, November 24th through 26th; Tuesdays through Sundays, November 28th through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (877) 686-7245.