Christmas at the Station

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Christmas at the Station is a newly reimagined daytime holiday event at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum each Saturday before Christmas in December. Bring the family for a fun-filled Christmas experience riding trains, seeing Santa, exploring a festive maze, and more on the Museum grounds!

Experience Christmas Wishes Come True

Ride the seasonally decorated Calera & Shelby train; visit Santa for a festive photo opportunity; travel the tracks of the narrow gauge steam train on the Shelby & Southern railroad; and discover what’s hiding around the corners of the Merry Maze – all included only with your Christmas Experience ticket!

Tickets On Sale Soon!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. CST

Tickets will be available to purchase on our web site or by phone at (205) 757-8383. Due to the popularity of this event, immediate purchase is highly recommended!

Event Details

For even more festive fun in the sun, be sure to wear your favorite Christmas sweater, pajamas or costume!

  • Pick up your preordered tickets at the historic train depot (limited onsite ticket sales may be available)
  • Enjoy Christmas décor and photo opportunities onsite
  • Food vendors on the grounds will offer lunch options, drinks and snacks. No food or drinks will be served onboard. Please finish all food/drinks prior to boarding.
  • Board the train at your assigned boarding area approximately 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
  • Ride the seasonally decorated Calera & Shelby Railroad (30 minutes)
  • Capture your own Christmas photo with Santa on the Museum grounds.
  • Ride the narrow-gauge steam train on the Shelby & Southern Railroad (5-6 minutes)
  • Explore the twists and turns of the cheerful Merry Maze
  • Shop the giftshop for the perfect Christmas presents

Arrival Information

Plan to arrive approximately 60 minutes prior to your scheduled train departure. Traffic is persistently unpredictable and difficult to navigate. Having some time to spare upon arrival will give you relaxed time to:

  • Pick up your tickets at the red and yellow Calera Depot next to the train
  • Use the restrooms at the Gift Shop, as there are no restrooms onboard the train
  • Visit the food vendors on the grounds
  • Take photos
  • Shop the Gift Shop, and
  • Get in position to board the train.

Ticket Prices

Ages 2+ in all coach cars: $18
Infants (under 24 months): Free!

Which Car Should We Ride?

Each passenger car on the North Pole Express offers a unique experience for your family. There’s no wrong answer!

  • Chicago & Northwestern Gallery Coach No. 59:
    Enjoy a front row seat in the C&NW-A to watch the train's LIVE entertainment tell a whimsical Christmas tale and perform Christmas songs for everyone on the train! For a live view from further back, relax on the C&NW-B.
    (Seats face each other in groups of four)
  • Silver Maple Coach No. 4741 and Santa Fe Coach No. 2823:
    These gorgeously decorated First Class cars offer upgraded perks, including:
    • The North Pole's finest hot chocolate (served with a souvenir mug)
    • Your choice of one of Mrs. Claus's yummy bakery treats
    • A quality keepsake ornament, and
    • A complimentary glowstick for each child.
    (Seats face each other in groups of four)
  • Frisco Coach No. 1062:
    The Frisco is the most historic car to travel on the North Pole Express. Built in 1910, the car's beautifully decorated interior provides a classical Christmas atmosphere from yesteryear.
    (Side-by-side pairs of seats all face a single direction)
  • Long Island Coach No. 2972:
    Known as the "party car," this large, brightly decorated car offers extra leg room between facing seats -- perfect for the little ones to dance in with elves!
    (Seats face each other in groups of four to six)
  • Lower Eagle & Upper Dome Coach No. 892:

    This unique car offers not only comfortable Lower Eagle seating, but also a smaller upper level covered by a glass planetarium dome!
    (Lower Eagle seats face each other in groups of four)

    When you purchase the Upper Dome seats (ONLY), you'll travel by starlight and get the first view of the North Pole Lights from above.
    (Upper Dome seats are in side-by-side pairs, all facing a single direction)