New Jersey Christmas Train Rides

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by
Our listing of New Jersey Holiday Train Rides was first published in 2015. We will update this every holiday season as new information becomes available about holiday train rides in New Jersey.


NJ Holiday Trains


All Aboard..This Way to Holiday Fun!


Halloween is over and that means Christmas will soon be on it’s 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 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.


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New Jersey Holiday Train Rides

Atlantic County New Jersey Holiday Trains

  • DiDonatos Magical Holiday Express – Hammonton, NJ Read our DiDonatos Magical Holiday Express review here.
    • 20 minute train ride, 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
    • Toy from Santa
    • Walk around the grounds to see the lights up close after your ride, where staff is available to take family photos for anyone interested
    • Tickets can be purchased ahead, through the website (recommended), but when available, walk-up tickets are sold as well

Cape May County New Jersey Holiday Trains 

  • Cape May Trolley- Cape May, NJ,
    • Holiday Lights Trolley Ride – Select dates beginning November 19, 2016
    • Thirty minute trolley ride.
    • Trolley tour of downtown Cape May’s Victorian homes.
    • Mrs. Claus joins in on the fun as she sings songs, and narrates stories.
    • Meet Santa and receive a treat in the Carriage House.
    • Tickets must be purchased AT THE TICKET BOOTH or online. Advance purchase is recommended.
  • Cape May-Tuckahoe Seashore Lines, Woodbine, NJ
    • Santa Express Train Ride
    • This antique train will travel between Tuckahoe and Richland train stations on select dates between November 26 and December 20.
    • Choose between the passenger 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.
    • In the dining and lounge cars, snacks will be provided.
    • Reserve tickets ahead, as many trains will sell out.
    • Join us on select evenings for the “Starlight Express” train rides, where the children are encouraged to wear their pajamas.


Hunterdon County New Jersey Holiday Trains

  • BlackRiver Railroad- Flemington, NJ,
    • Candy Cane Limited– November 19, 2015-December 23, 2016: Sat & Sun.
    • Ninety minute train ride.
    • Santa, Mrs. Claus & their elf meet children for a photo opportunity upon boarding.
    • All passengers receive a candy cane and children receive a small gift.
    • *Train DOES NOT go to the North Pole
    • For train schedule and to purchase tickets (RESERVATIONS NEEDED)


  • BlackRiver Railroad- Flemington, NJ,
    • North Pole Express– November 19, 2016-December 23, 2016: Sat & Sun.
    • Two and a half hour train ride.
    • Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves lead a trip to the “NORTH POLE”(Ringoes, NJ)
    • All passengers receives a cookie and hot chocolate.
    • Face painting, refreshments and a photo op once you arrive at the North Pole.
    • For train schedule and to purchase tickets (RESERVATIONS NEEDED)


Monmouth County New Jersey Holiday Trains

  • The New Jersey Museum of Transportation- Wall, NJ,
    • The Christmas Express Daytime rides: November 25, 26, 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18. Nightime rides: Dec 3, 9, 10, 16, 17.
    • 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 14, 2016.
    • Ticket window hours and prices can be found on the website.


Morris County New Jersey Holiday Trains

  • The Polar Express Train Ride, Whippany, NJ
    • The Polar Express themed train ride is approximately 1 hour long.
    • Hot chocolate and cookies are served by dancing chefs.
    • Get your train ticket punched by your car host.
    • Passengers will read along to the book “The Polar Express”
    • Santa and his elves will board the train to give the children a small gift, a silver bell, as well as a souvenir tumbler
    • Guests will need to arrive 1 hour ahead of train departure time, in order to park off site and be shuttled in to the train station
    • Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, as tickets will sell out!


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