Take a ride on Santa's Paradise Express. Photo courtesy of Strasburg Rail Road
Take a ride on Santa's Paradise Express. Photo courtesy of Strasburg Rail Road

Polar Express: Christmas Train Rides for Kids Near Philly

Something about trains evokes nostalgia at Christmas in the Philly area. For some, it stirs up childhood memories of building a model train set under twinkling tree lights. For others, it's a reminder of that "coming home for the holidays" feeling, where folks would arrive at the train station, arms filled with Christmas packages.

With that in mind, we have rounded up a list of Philly area railroads hosting holiday-themed trains of all kinds. Some are located more than an hour's drive from Philadelphia, but can make for a fantastic holiday outing. 

At many of these outings, families can ride a real locomotive with Santa Claus, hear Christmas stories, sing carols, sip hot chocolate, and admire the views of the passing countryside. Children are even invited to wear their pajamas at some of these events.  

So climb aboard for some Christmas fun. 

Stay up to date on all things holidays by browsing our Philadelphia Holiday Guide, which is packed with great ways to celebrate the season.

As with many winter activities, modifications due to COVID-19 are in place. Most trains are running with reduced capacity, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance. Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing measures. If a train outing appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do. 

 


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

Colebrookdale Railroad
Post Office Box 492
Boyertown, PA 19512

Colebrookdale Railroad
Post Office Box 492
Boyertown, PA 19512

West Chester Railroad
230 E Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382

Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 W.Bridge St
New Hope, PA 18938

Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

Greenbank Station at Wilmington & Western Railroad
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE 19808

Cape May Seashore Lines
Reading Ave. & Mill Road
Tuckahoe, NJ

Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad
42 Community Center Drive
Kempton, PA

Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA

West Chester Railroad
230 E Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382

Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA

Greenbank Station at Wilmington & Western Railroad
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE 19808

Colebrookdale Railroad
Post Office Box 492
Boyertown, PA 19512
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