Western US

Trains full of joy, and St Nicholas too, at Western US railroads

 
Santa checking his list, Polar Express, Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa, California.
Santa checking his list, Polar Express, Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa, California. © Napa Valley Wine Train

Alaska


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.

Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska Railroad

Holiday Train sold out for 2017.
Telephone: +1 (907) 265-2494.

California


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.

Campo, California
Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum

North Pole Limited operates Fridays and Saturdays, December 1st through December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (619) 478-9937.

Felton, California
Roaring Camp Railroads

Holiday Tree Walk Train operates Saturdays, Sundays, and Thanksgiving Friday, November 24th through December 10th.
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Thanksgiving Friday, November 24th through December 10th; daily, Saturday, December 16th through Saturday, December 23rd.
Chanukah Train runs Thursday, December 14th.
Telephone: +1 (831) 335-4484.

Fillmore, California
Fillmore & Western Railway

North Pole Express Train operates Saturday and Sunday, November 25th and 26th; Fridays through Sundays, December 1st through 10th; daily, Friday, December 14th through Saturday, December 23rd.
Christmas Tree Train runs Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 10th.
Santa Shopper runs Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th.
Dinner with Santa Train runs Wednesday through Friday, December 20th through 22nd.
Return Santa to the North Pole runs Tuesday, December 26th.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Train runs Sunday, December 31st.
Telephone: +1 (805) 524-2546.

Fort Bragg, California
Skunk Train – Sierra Railroad

Magical Christmas Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through 10th; daily, Wednesday, December 13th through Saturday, December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (707) 964-6371

Goleta, California
South Coast Railroad Museum – Central Coast Flyer

Candy Cane Train operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through Sunday, December 24th.
Telephone: +1 (805) 964-3540.

Jamestown, California
Railtown 1897

Polar Express operates Saturday and Sunday, November 25th and 26th; Fridays through Sundays, December 1st through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (209) 984-3953.

Napa, California
Napa Valley Wine Train

Santa Train operates daily, Saturday, November 18th through Friday, December 29th (no trains Thanksgiving, December 8th, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day).
Telephone: +1 (800) 427-4124.

Niles & Sonol, California
Niles Canyon Railway

Holiday Train of Lights is sold out for 2017.
Telephone: +1 (510) 996-8420.

Oakdale, California
Sierra Railroad Dinner Train

Magical Christmas Train operates Saturday, November 25th; Fridays through Sundays, December 1st through 17th; Wednesday and Saturday, December 20th and 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (800) 866-1690.

Orange, California
Irvine Park Railroad

Christmas Train operates daily, Friday, December 1st through Saturday, December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (714) 997-3968.

Perris, California
Orange Empire Railway Museum

Train To Santa’s Workshop operates Fridays and Saturdays, December 1st through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (951) 943-3020.

Sacramento, California
California State Railroad Museum

Polar Express is sold out for 2017.
Telephone: +1 (916) 445-8270.

West Sacramento, California
Sacramento River Train- Sierra Railroad

Magical Christmas Train operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 17th; Wednesday through Saturday, December 20th through 23rd.
New Year’s Eve Express Train
Telephone: +1 (800) 866-1690.

Willets, California
Skunk Train – Sierra Railroad

Magical Christmas Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through December 10th; daily, Wednesday, December 13th through Saturday, December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (707) 964-6371.

Colorado


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.

Canon City, Colorado
Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Santa Express Train operates Fridays through Sundays, November 17th through December 3rd; daily, Thursday, December 7th through Sunday, December 24th; Tuesday through Sunday, December 26th through 31st.
Holiday Train runs Tuesday through Sunday, December 26th through 31st.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Train runs Sunday, December 31st.
Telephone: +1 (888) 724-5748.

Durango, Colorado
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Polar Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 17th through December 3rd (also Tuesday, November 21st and Wednesday, November 22nd); daily, Thursday December 7th through Tuesday, January 2nd (no trains Christmas and New Years Days).
Christmas Tree Train runs Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 10th.
Telephone: +1 (888) 872-4607.

Georgetown, Colorado
Georgetown Loop Railroad

Santa’s North Pole Adventure operates daily, Saturday, November 18th through Sunday, November 26th (no train Thanksgiving Day); Friday through Sunday, December 1st through 3rd; daily, Friday, December 8th through Sunday, December 31st (no train Christmas Day).
Santa’s Lighted Forest Evening Train runs same days as Santa’s North Pole Adventure.
Telephone: +1 (888) 456-6777.

Golden, Colorado
Colorado Railroad Museum

Polar Express is sold out for 2017.
Telephone: +1 (800) 365-6263.

Manitou Springs, Colorado
Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Santa Trains operate Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through December 10th; daily, Saturday, December 16th through Sunday, December 24th.
Telephone: +1 (800) 745-3773.

Montana


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.

Lewistown, Montana
Charlie Russell Chew Choo

North Pole Adventure operates Saturdays, November 25th and December 2nd; Fridays and Saturdays, December 8th through December 16th.
Telephone: +1 (406) 535-5436.

Nevada


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.

Carson City, Nevada
V&T Railroad

Polar Express operates Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday, November 18th through 26th; Thursdays through Sundays, November 30th through 24th; Wednesday through Saturday, December 27th through 30th.
Telephone: +1 (877) 724-5007.

Ely, Nevada
Nevada Northern Railway

Polar Express operates Saturday, November 18th; Friday and Saturday, November 24th and 25th; Fridays through Sundays, December 1st through 10th; daily, Friday, December 15th through Saturday, December 30th (no trains December 19th, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day).
Telephone: +1 (866) 407-8326.

Virginia City, Nevada
Virginia & Truckee Railroad

Candy Cane Express operates Saturdays, Sundays, and Thanksgiving Friday, November 24th through December 10th.
For Polar Express, see V&T Railroad, above.
Telephone: +1 (775) 847-0380.

Oregon


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.

Garibaldi, Oregon
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Candy Cane Express operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 17th.
Telephone: +1 (503) 842-7972.

Hood River, Oregon
Mount Hood Railroad

Train to Christmas Town operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 11th through 19th; Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 10th; Wednesday through Sunday, December 13th through 17th; daily, Wednesday, December 20th through Thursday, December 28th (no trains Christmas Eve or Christmas Day).
Telephone: +1 (800) 872-4661.


Oregon Electric Railway Museum – Willamette Shore Trolley
Oswego, Oregon

Christmas Ships Trolley Excursion operates Wednesdays and Fridays, December 6th through 20th; also Saturday, December 16th.
Telephone: +1 (503) 697-7436.

McEwen & Sumpter, Oregon
Sumpter Valley Railroad

Christmas Trains operate Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th.
Telephone: +1 (866) 894-2268.

Utah

Heber Valley, Utah
Heber Valley Railroad

North Pole Express operates daily, except Sundays, Friday, November 24th through Saturday, December 23rd.
Telephone: +1 (435) 654-5601.

Washington

Chehalis, Washington
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum

Polar Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 24th through December 17th.
Santa Steam operates Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through 10th.
Telephone: +1 (360) 748-9593.

Elbe, Washington
Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad

Polar Express operates Fridays through Sundays, November 17th through December 3rd (also Wednesday, November 22nd); Thursday through Saturday, December 7th through 10th; daily, Wednesday, December 13th through Saturday, December 31st (no train Christmas Day).
Telephone: +1 (360) 569-7959.

Seattle, Washington
Alki Tours Leavenworth Snow Train

Snow Train to Leavenworth Tree Lighting Festival operates Saturdays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
Telephone: +1 (800) 895-2554.

Snoqualmie, Washington
Northwest Railway Museum

Santa Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 10th; Friday through Sunday, December 15th through 17th.
Telephone: +1 (425) 888-3030.

Yacolt, Washington
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

Christmas Tree Special Trains operate Saturdays and Sundays, November 25th through December 10th.
Steam Winter Finale Trains operate Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th.
Telephone: +1 (360) 686-3559.