List of Indiana holiday/Christmas train rides

So many things can be associated with Christmas and the holiday season. It can be anything from flying reindeer, snow, Christmas trees and candy canes. What also comes to mind are trains. Whistling locomotive trains looping around the Christmas tree, or even a classic holiday celebration like The Polar Express (a must-see for my family every year). Trains have been a reliable mode of transport for hundreds of years, and can even play a role in helping Santa deliver all his presents. If you’re interested in a true “Polar Express,” check out the train rides available this season here in Indiana.


Yoho General Store

The Yoho General Store in Solsberry, Indiana is the place to be on Saturday, December 3rd! A hot breakfast begins at 8:30 AM, after which you’ll visit the Tulip Trestle Observation Deck to see the Santa Train as it travels over the state’s largest rail bridge. More information about this Christmas event can be found on this website.

Reindeer Ride Express

Just north of Indianapolis in the township of Noblesville is a Christmas train ride! The rides are located at 825 Forest Park Drive in Noblesville. The train journey takes one hour and fifteen minutes and Santa will be on board for the duration of the journey! As you cross, you can enjoy views of Santa’s workshop and Morse Reservoir. Christmas carols and hot chocolate complete the magical journey! But if that wasn’t enough, the ride also includes a cookie and a gift from Santa. Adult drinks can also be purchased.

The Whitewater Valley Railroad

Featuring their very own Polar Express themed train excursion, the town of Connersville, Indiana. Train tickets cost $39 for people two years and older. The film and popular storybook will come to life with hot chocolate and dancing chefs, a Polar Express reading, train passengers will also receive a silver sleigh bell (the first Christmas present) while Santa visits families on board.

The Candy Cane Express

Fort Wayne Indiana also has a vacation train experience. Ticket sales start on November 9th and the train ride includes a visit to Santa, cookies and milk, games and carols!

The Polar Express train ride

This vacation train experience is located in French Lick, Indiana. This train ride is accompanied by the songs from the movie The Polar Express. There are limited tickets available for this 80-minute train journey, so plan ahead! A conductor will stop by to punch tickets and the “First Christmas Present” will be given to all believing passengers.