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Christmas Train

Trains are fun. During the holiday season, Trains running represent a century-old tradition in North America. And "big trains," the kind that look best running around the Christmas tree or running through Holiday Villages, are growing rapidly in popularity.
 
Some people feel that they bring back warm memories; others note that two or three generations of their family often come together to set up and enjoy the trains, or that it's nice to see the kids playing with something that doesn't have a video screen. Several other folks feel that watching a train circle the Christmas Tree or a Holiday Village is every bit as relaxing as watching a fire in the fire place.

Xmas Train Ride

Christmas Trains pull out of the station with kids, Santa, hot cocoa, and elves on board. Below are samples of Christmas Train rides, which normally are staged for many weeks from late November through December.

Polar Express
These special Christmas train rides take place in many locations, and specifically re-create the experiences of the classic "Polar Express" children's book. The ride usually includes a telling of the story, appearance by Santa, hot chocolate, and perhaps a little gift.

Essex, CT: Essex Steam Train Santa Special
On this Christmas train, the rail cars have vintage decorations, and Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and Christmas Bear make appearances. Santa visits with each child, and each child gets a small gift from Santa's elves.

Middleton, PA: Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad :
On Santa's Surprise Trains, during a daytime ride, Santa makes a visit and has gifts for kids. Take a night-time ride on the Polar Bear Express, to find Santa at the North Pole; en route, kids get milk and cookies and a Polar Bear story.

Texas State Railroad Victorian Christmas Train:
With a vintage steam engine, this train does The Polar Express and also holiday winter trains excursions. Two hours from Dallas, three from Houston.