All aboard the Polar Express in Whippany for a magical one-hour ride to the North Pole. Photo courtesy of Rail Events Productions
All aboard the Polar Express in Whippany for a magical one-hour ride to the North Pole. Photo courtesy of Rail Events Productions

Polar Express and Christmas Trains for New Jersey Kids

Every year, New Jersey's railroads get decked out in their holiday best to offer special Christmas train rides for the whole family. Wait—Christmas? We know, it's a bit early to start hauling out the holly, but these Christmas trains are a popular holiday tradition, and they sell out fast!

Though these trains don't go all the way to the North Pole, most include a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with treats, caroling, and stories. The popular Polar Express in Whippany invites kids to wear their pajamas and hear a classic Christmas story read aloud on the rails, while another ferries passengers to a Christmas tree farm.

Read on to find out where to take a Christmas train ride with Santa, and book your tickets as soon as possible. Then you can put Christmas aside for a while and get back to your fall fun.


DiDonato's Family Fun Center
1151 S White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Whippany Station
1 Railroad Plaza
Whippany, NJ

Black River & Western Railroad
80 Stangl Road Flemington Station behind Liberty Village Premium Outlets
Flemington, NJ

New Jersey Museum of Transportation, Allaire State Park
4265 Atlantic Avenue
Wall Township, NJ

Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

NJ Transit - Route 23 Station
Route 23 Southbound & West Belt Parkway
Wayne, NJ

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 West Bridge Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA

Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA

Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA