Santa Special

North Pole Express

Come celebrate the “Ho-Ho-Ho-Holiday” on this daytime train ride with Jolly Ol' St. Nick himself! While aboard the festively decorated historic train, every child will be visited by Kris Kringle and will have the chance to tell him their special Christmas wishes, sing-along with Christmas carols and receive a traditional holiday gift!


  • Saturdays, November 28th, December 5th, 12th, & 19th 
  • Departure Times: 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM Central
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes before scheduled train departure.

Visitor Tips

Pre-purchased tickets may be picked up at the depot, or tickets may be purchased on-site the day of the event. (only while supplies last – pre-purchasing tickets is highly recommended for this sell-out event!).

  • No food, drink, or live entertainment is provided during this event. 
  • The Santa Special train ride lasts approximately 75 minutes.

Pick up your tickets at the Calera Depot

  • Pick up your tickets at the Calera Depot
  • Use the restrooms at the Gift Shop
  • Tour our collection of railroad equipment in Clark Yard
  • Visit our working Signal Garden
  • Take photos
  • Shop the Gift Shop, and
  • Get in position to board the train.

Ticket Information

In light of the lingering public health concerns at this time, Santa Express ticket sales for this year are currently on hold.

Ticket Prices

Coach Class