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.
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New Jersey Christmas Train Rides
North Jersey Christmas Train Rides
Morris County New Jersey Holiday Trains
- This New Jersey Christmas Train Ride is cancelled for 2020
The Polar Express Train Ride, Whippany, NJ www.whippanythepolarexpressride.com
- Rides begin November 16 through December 30
- 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
- Parking is available on site.
- Coach and first class options available.
- Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, as tickets will sell out!
Passaic County New Jersey Holiday Trains
- This New Jersey Christmas Train Ride is cancelled for 2020.
Santa Train, Wayne NJ www.tristaterail.org
- One date only, December 14, 2019
- Sold out for 2019 but you can get on waiting list through website.
Central Jersey Christmas Train Rides
Hunterdon County New Jersey Holiday Trains
- BlackRiver Railroad – Flemington, NJ, www.blackriverrailroad.com
- North Pole Express – This Central New Jersey Christmas train ride begins November 22, 2020 through December 20, 2020.
- Two hour diesel train ride.
- Santa and his elves lead a trip to the “NORTH POLE” (Ringoes)
- Gifts and photo ops once you arrive at the North Pole.
- New for 2020 – Meet and Greet with Santa – no train ride included.
- Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ www.877trainride.com
- The Polar Express – Begins November 27, 2020 with select dates through December 20, 2020.
- 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.
Monmouth County New Jersey Holiday Trains
- This New Jersey Christmas Train Ride is cancelled for 2020.
The New Jersey Museum of Transportation- Wall, NJ, www.njmt.org
- The Christmas Express – Select dates November 29 – December 22. 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
South Jersey Christmas Trains
Atlantic County New Jersey Holiday Trains
- DiDonatos Magical Holiday Express – Hammonton, NJ Read our DiDonatos Magical Holiday Express review here.
- This South Jersey Christmas train ride lasts 20 minutes, making 2 loops around the 10,000+ lights.
- Visit to Santa’s workshop where you can write a letter to Santa and take photos with him
- Cookie treat after your ride
- Holiday Movie tent and picture opportunity with everyone’s favorite Snowman
- Tickets can be purchased in advance, through the website (recommended), but when available, walk-up tickets are sold as well
- Starts November 6, 2020 with select dates until December 29, 2020.
Cape May County New Jersey Holiday Trains
- 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 21, 2020.
- Thirty minute trolley ride.
- Trolley tour of downtown Cape May’s Victorian homes.
- For Santa’s Trolley, Mrs. Claus joins in on the fun as she sings songs, and narrates stories. Then meet Santa and receive a treat in the Carriage House.
- Advance purchase is recommended.
- Cape May – Tuckahoe Seashore Lines, Woodbine, NJ www.capemayseashorelines.org/
- Santa Express Train Ride
- This antique Christmas train at the Jersey Shore will travel for 60 minutes between Tuckahoe and Richland train stations on select dates starting Thanksgiving weekend 2020.
- 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.
- There is a weekday 45 minute option available also.
- Reserve tickets ahead, as many trains will sell out.
- Join us on select evenings for the “Starlight Express” train rides.
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- Meals with Santa Events in New Jersey
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.
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