Polar Express Train Rides and Christmas Trains Near Philadelphia for 2022

Journey through Chester Creek Valley aboard Santa's Express. Photo courtesy of the  West Chester Railroad
Journey through Chester Creek Valley aboard Santa's Express. Photo courtesy of the West Chester Railroad

Everyone loves a good Polar Express train ride! There's something about trains that evokes the spirit of Christmas; whether it's memories of model trains under the tree, that "coming home for the holidays" feeling, or Tom Hanks playing the conductor in one of the best kids' Christmas movies ever.

Visits with Santa are even more fun on a train, so we've rounded up all the railroads hosting Polar Express trains and Christmas train rides near Philly. At many of these locations, families can ride a real locomotive with Santa Claus, hear Christmas stories, sing carols, sip hot chocolate, and admire views of the passing countryside. So put on those PJs and get ready to ride the rails with Santa!

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

A few of these are further out than we might normally recommend, but we feel like the longer drives are justified for such a special holiday outing. 

 

Little Art Kids
Philadelphia Museum of Art - 10:00 AM Pick
Preschool Storytime
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library - 11:00 AM Pick
Joie Kathos & Friends
Kimmel Center - 8:00 PM Pick
Leaders and Legends of Philadelphia: Black History Month Exhibit
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides