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All Aboard these New Jersey Christmas Train Rides With Santa

All Aboard..This Way to Christmas Fun!

Halloween is over and that means Christmas will soon be on its way! The holidays are such a magical time. This time of year can be so exciting through the eyes of a child. The glow of all of the holiday lights, the smell of cookies baking in the oven and of course the anticipation for the arrival of the man of honor-Santa Claus! New Jersey Christmas train rides with Santa are just another way to celebrate the wonder of the season.

With surprise destinations to the North Pole, amazing visitors such as Santa and his elves and delicious on board refreshments, you are bound to have an adventure that will amaze your entire family when you book one of these Christmas train rides in New Jersey.

New Jersey Christmas train and holiday train providers can receive a complimentary listing, an upgraded featured listing, or listings on our Calendar of Events by emailing jenniferauer@jerseyfamilyfun.com.

New Jersey Christmas Train Rides

North Jersey Christmas Train Rides

Morris County New Jersey Holiday Trains

The Polar Express Train Ride in Whippany, NJ

  • This New Jersey Christmas Train Ride will return for 2021
    The Polar Express Train Ride, Whippany, NJ www.whippanythepolarexpressride.com
    • Per CDC and TSA directives, face coverings must be worn by everyone age two and older while on the train and in indoor spaces.
    • Rides begin November 1 through December 30, 2021
    • The Polar Express themed train ride is approximately 1 hour long.
    • Hot chocolate and cookies are served by dancing chefs.
    • Passengers will read along to the book “The Polar Express”
    • Santa and his elves will board the train
    • First Gift of Christmas after Santa boards the train to greet families.
    • Performers engage passengers in caroling and fun holiday activities on the heartwarming trip back to the station.
    • Parking is available on site.
    • Coach and first class options available.
    • Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, as tickets will sell out!
The Polar Express Train Ride in Whippany, NJ
Photo Credit The Polar Express Train Ride in Whippany, NJ

Passaic County New Jersey Holiday Trains

The Santa Train in Wayne, New Jersey

  • This New Jersey Christmas Train Ride is on for 2021.
    Santa Train, Wayne NJ www.tristaterail.org
    • Tri-State Railway Historical Society, Inc. returns in 2021 with its annual Ride With Santa!
    • The Santa Train in Wayne is a fun-filled, hour-long holiday themed train ride in which every child gets to meet with Santa!
    • One date only, but multiple time slots Saturday, December 18, 2021 – 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM
    • Tickets go on sale November 13, 2021
The Santa Train in Wayne, New Jersey
Photo Credit The Santa Train in Wayne, New Jersey

Central Jersey Christmas Train Rides

Hunterdon County New Jersey Holiday Trains

Santa Express in Flemington, NJ

  • This New Jersey Santa Train Ride is on for 2021. Black River and Western Railroad – Flemington, NJ,  www.blackriverrailroad.com
    • Santa Express – This Central New Jersey Christmas train ride begins November 20, 2021 through December 19, 2021.
    • Train ride from Flemington to “North Pole Station” and return.
    • Meet Santa on board the train.
    • Meet Mrs. Claus on board the train.
    • Silver sleigh bell gift for children.
    • Gold souvenir ticket for children.
    • Santa’s Sleigh photo op.
    • Christmas tree photo op.
    • Additional Christmas-themed photo ops at North Pole Station, NEW for 2021!
Santa with a young girl during New Jersey Christmas Train rides

The Polar Express at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions in Phillipsburg, NJ

  • This New Jersey Polar Express Ride is on for 2021. Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ www.877trainride.com
    • The Polar Express – Begins November 26, 2021 with select dates through December 19, 2021.
    • This Christmas train ride in Phillipsburg lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.
    • Musicians and jugglers entertain the riders and of course Santa joins the riders.
    • Hot chocolate and cookies served to every child.
    • Professional photographers available.
    • Tickets went on sale this year at midnight July 1, 2021.
The Polar Express at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions in Phillipsburg, NJ
Photo Credit The Polar Express at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions in Phillipsburg, NJ

Monmouth County New Jersey Holiday Trains

  • The New Jersey Museum of Transportation WILL NOT have a 2021 New Jersey Christmas Train Ride.
    The New Jersey Museum of Transportation- Wall, NJ, www.njmt.org
    • The Christmas Express – Select dates November 29 – December 22, 2019. Night time rides Saturdays in December.
    • During train rides Santa joins the ride and visits with all of the children.
    • Tickets must be purchased at the station and it is strongly encouraged you purchase them IN ADVANCE. Tickets go on sale October 11, 2019.
Santa on train New Jersey Christmas Train Rides
Saying “Goodbye” to Santa before he left the station on another train.

South Jersey Christmas Trains

Atlantic County New Jersey Holiday Trains

DiDonatos Magical Holiday Express in Hammonton, NJ

  • This New Jersey Santa Train Ride is on for 2021. DiDonatos Magical Holiday Express – Hammonton, NJ didonatofuncenter.com/magical-express
    • This South Jersey Christmas train ride lasts 20 minutes, making 2 loops around the 10,000+ lights.
    • Meet and Greet with Santa and his elves in his Workshop with Free photo op
    • Stories, photos, & chats with Mrs. Claus with Free photo op
    • Present from Santa
    • Holiday Movie tent and picture opportunity with everyone’s favorite Snowman
    • Cookie treat to enjoy
    • Tickets can be purchased in advance, through the website (recommended), but when available, walk-up tickets are sold as well
    • Starts November 12, 2021 with select dates until December 23, 2021.

Cape May County New Jersey Holiday Trains

Holiday Lights and Santa’s Trolley Ride in Cape May, NJ

  • This New Jersey Christmas Train Ride is on for 2021 Cape May Trolley – Cape May, NJ, www.capemaymac.org
    • Holiday Lights and Santa’s Trolley Ride – Select dates for this Southern New Jersey Christmas trolley ride begin November 27, 2021 – December 19, 2021.
    • Thirty minute trolley ride.
    • Trolley tour of downtown Cape May’s Victorian homes.
    • Mrs. Claus comes direct from the North Pole to lead this tour! She tells stories and leads holiday songs on this jolly holiday trolley ride through town. Santa joins the fun at the Gazebo on the grounds of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate.
    • Begins and ends at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. (with free parking available).
    • Advance purchase is recommended.
Holiday Lights and Santa's Trolley Ride in Cape May, NJ
Photo Credit Cape May Trolley

Santa Express Train Ride in Woodbine, NJ

  • This New Jersey Santa Train Ride is on for 2021 Cape May – Tuckahoe Seashore Lines, Woodbine, NJ www.capemayseashorelines.org/
    • This antique Christmas train at the Jersey Shore will travel a 75 minute trip departing from either Richland Village Station or Tuckahoe Village Station every weekend and select weekday evenings between November 20 and Christmas 2021!
      • The Santa Express operates every weekend from the Saturday before Thanksgiving until Christmas.
      • The Santa Starlight Express operates Friday evenings starting on December 10, 2021 until Christmas, and Wednesday December 22, 2021 with departures at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm.
    • Choose between the coach car, lounge car, and dining car.
    • Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves will visit each car and talk to each child during the ride. The elves will sing Christmas carols with the children as well.
    • Reserve tickets ahead, as many trains will sell out.
Santa Express Train Ride in Woodbine, NJ
Photo credit Tuckahoe Seashore Lines

For more Christmas Activities near New Jersey visit these blog posts and listings

Make a trip across a bridge to explore more local Christmas Family Fun.

We support family fun in New Jersey but sometimes there’s no comparison to what our nearby cities can offer. Both Philadelphia and New York City offer some amazing holiday displays, events, and Christmas attractions. We have your information on how to make a day of Christmas in the City! Click on any of the links below for more details.

For help with your holiday and Christmas Shopping take a look at these posts

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