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Happy Holiday Railway Santa Trains
All Aboard for the North Pole!

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BN3 at the Big Christmas Tree
East Union Depot
Update: Due to popular demand, 1:00pm and 7:00pm trips have been added for Saturday the 16th, and a 1:00pm trip has been added for Sunday, the 17th!
Get your tickets before they sell out!

Weekends starting November 25th

Check out our Santa Train Live Webcam

Embark on a magical 40 minute train ride through the winter countryside with Santa Claus himself!
  • Enjoy a 40-minute train ride for the whole family
  • See and visit with Santa Claus on the train
  • Treats will be served during the trip
  • Gifts will be given to children on Santa's "good list"
  • Holiday lights display including the biggest and brightest Christmas tree in McHenry County
  • Hot chocolate available FREE on the train
  • See historic trains in the museum's display barns 6, 7 and 9
  • Free parking
Start a new Christmas tradition with your family this year!

Purchase tickets online now!

Days for this event are November 25th, 26th, December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th. Saturday and Sunday trips are hourly from 2pm to 6pm. (Rides at other times, 1pm and 7pm, may be opened up at a later date based on demand). Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled trip. Ticket prices are $18.00 per person. Everyone past their first birthday must have a ticket. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, all ticket sales are final. Most display buildings and portions of the museum grounds will not be open for this event. Parking is free.

The train ride will leave from a platform at Barn 9 and return to the same platform, rather than the diner or depot. Santa will ride the train with you. Hot chocolate will be available on the train and in the diner. Display Barns 6, 7, and 9 will be open.

If you are unable to print your tickets at home, bring a copy of your order confirmation email to the ticket booth where you will check in for your ride.


All schedules and equipment subject to change without notice.


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