All Aboard a Polar Express Train Ride, Plus More Christmas Trains Near DC!

Meet Santa aboard the Strasburg Railroad. Photo courtesy of the railroad
Meet Santa aboard the Strasburg Railroad. Photo courtesy of the railroad

Nothing adds magic to the holiday season quite like a festive train ride. To help your family experience that magic, we've rounded up a variety of Christmas trains near DC, including several options for a Polar Express train ride. From trains that transport you to Christmas tree farms to those that bring classic Christmas stories to life, these Polar Express and Christmas trains near DC will make even your Grinchiest family member's heart grow three sizes. And all of them are within a three-hour drive from DC!

Check out our Christmas Activities and Holiday Guide for DC Kids to help you plan more holiday fun this season, and get a jump on your holiday decorating by trying some of these 101 Christmas activities for kids. Santa will be here before you know it!

While these Polar Express and Christmas trains near DC run on multiple dates and times, many of them sell out quickly, so be sure to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Some of them offer different seating options at various price points, which can be found when booking online.

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