Soak in Holiday Magic on a Santa Train Ride

photo credit: Richard Macneill

Choo choo! It’s time to jump aboard a holiday train for a visit from the big man himself. No holiday experience is more magical than a ride on an old steam line through some of Colorado’s most beautiful scenery.  With the magic of Christmas surrounding them, kids often call their holiday train ride the highlight of the season.

Colorado offers several different Santa trains, including the Polar Express Train Ride at the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Santa Train at the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. But, the following three are our personal favorites.

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Santa’s North Pole Adventure and Holiday Lights Train – Georgetown Loop Railroad
Join Santa on this scenic mountain ride as he passed out presents, treats, and goodies to all the kids onboard. Cars are decorated to the max and heated to keep you warm. This one-hour trip runs during the day as Santa’s North Pole Adventure and at night as the Holiday Lights Train.
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Santa Express Train – The Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Travel through Cañon City’s famous Royal Gorge before stopping at the “North Pole” to pick up Santa. Enjoy hot cocoa and warm cookies served by Christmas elves along the way. Christmas carols and children dressed in pajamas fill the train as Santa listens to wish lists and hands out authentic reindeer bells.
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Polar Express – Durango and Silverton Railroad
The story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey comes alive onboard The Polar Express™ Train Ride. All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth, and fun of the Christmas season on a special trip to the North Pole.
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