We regret that it will not be possible to hold the Happy Holiday Railway event in its regular form in 2020. Please click the link below for Happy Holiday Railway: The Holiday Light Experience
Happy Holiday Railway: The Holiday Light Experience
Happy Holiday Railway Santa Trains All Aboard for the North Pole!
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Embark on a magical 40 minute train ride through the winter countryside with Santa Claus himself!
Start a new Christmas tradition with your family this year!
- 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 at the boarding area 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
- Rides on historic Chicago streetcars included with your ticket
- Free parking
Days for this event are Saturdays and Sundays, November 28th, 29th, December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th. Trips take place at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm. (Rides at other times on all dates may be added later based on demand). Parking lot opens 30 minutes before the first trip and closes 30 minutes after the last trip returns. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled trip.
Ticket prices are $20 each. Everyone past their second 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 the historic 1851 East Union Depot. Santa will ride the train with you. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available on the train. Display Barns 6, 7, and 9 will be open. Streetcars will be in operation on our Trolley Loop. If you are unable to print your tickets at home, bring a copy of your order confirmation email to the museum store where you will check in for your ride.
Join us for the most exciting holiday train in the greater Chicago area! All Aboard!
Special Fare Days - No passes honored during this event
All schedules and equipment subject to change without notice.