The magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s popular Christmas picture book The Polar Express comes to life again this winter with festive Christmas trains and holiday trolleys within a whistle's blow of the New York City metro area. A huge hit with kids and parents alike, these Polar Express trains spark the imagination and holiday spirit with seasonal snacks, stories, even gifts—not to mention a visit from Santa himself.
These old-school cabooses (some harking back to the 1920s) offer a classic holiday ambiance. No matter which Santa train experience you choose, your family can combine its annual Santa Claus photo op with lasting memories of a sweet adventure.
These train rides sell out quickly, often months in advance, so book now if you want to go. Seats are significantly limited in 2020 as coronavirus-induced capacity restrictions are in effect, and many popular train rides have been canceled altogether. Find more regional Christmas train rides on our New Jersey and Philadelphia sites and plenty more seasonal offerings in our Holiday Guide.