It’s a busy time of year but a short Christmas train trip can bring magic to the season without a great expense of time and energy. There is something about trains that evokes nostalgia whether from childhood memories of building a model train set under the tree or a reminder of "coming home for the holidays", when gift laden relatives would arrive at the train station.
Almost every area of the country has an excursion train with a holiday theme that runs trips both before and after Christmas. Generally these rides feature hot chocolate, Christmas music, cookies and a visit from Santa. The passengers are either focused within the railcar or on activities occurring outside
The Polar Express is a trademarked trip purchased by many excursion train companies. The train rides are based on the holiday feature film from Warner Bros. and the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. During these excursions, the book is read and there are activities that resemble scenes from the movie. Passengers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and families often arrive in matching outfits. Each child gets a bell and other souvenirs are available. The location of these trains can be found at http://www.raileventsinc.com/polar-express.
Not all excursion railroads have chosen this route and instead offer their own Christmas-themed excursions. Inside focused trips feature reading from the Night Before Christmas or other popular books accompanies by refreshments and the ever popular visit from Old St. Nick.
Trip to Santa Town, Santa's North Pole Adventure, North Pole Express and Train to Christmas Town are the names of just some of the train ride offered across the country. Several focus passengers on light extravaganzas outside the passenger car windows.
These rides can be found on line. So this Christmas season sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic view on one of America's holiday train rides.