Ohio Christmas Trains and Holiday Train Rides:
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Santa Trains in Nelsonville, Ohio: For tickets and information, call 855-323-3768 or 740-753-9531. As the train departs, Santa begins his journey through the train of heated coaches and visits with each child, hearing their special requests before the Big Day. Each child also gets to enjoy a candy treat after Santa’s visit. Trains operate each Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and a couple of evening departures. The ride lasts approximately two hours. Reserve ahead of time.
The Dennison Railroad Museum‘s Polar Express in Dennison, Ohio:
For availability, reservations, and rates, call 740-922-6776.
This newly restored railroad station encourages parents to take their family on a journey of a lifetime. Just like The Polar Express book and movie, passengers are seen riding the rails in their pajamas sipping hot chocolate and snacking on cookies. As the storyline unfolds, so do the events aboard this train. Once at the North Pole, Santa hops aboard to meet the children and hand out presents.
LM&M Railroad‘s North Pole Express in Lebanon, Ohio:
For availability, reservations, and rates, call 513-933-8022
Take a ride on a vintage train to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Children will receive a small gift from Santa. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and entertainment by Santa’s elves. Bring kids, grandparents, or a friend but don’t forget your camera because this event is filled with fun.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Santa Claus Express and Polar Express in Penninsula, Ohio: For availability, reservations, and rates, call 800-468-4070. The trip is full of fun as kids try to spot reindeer in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley while they wait for Santa to stop by and visit. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers the Polar Express as well. However, getting tickets for this wonderful trip is very difficult, even when planning months in advance. It is done through a mail-in lottery. Tickets are sometimes found through area newspapers as well. Passengers are encouraged to wear pajamas. Cookies and hot-coco are served.
North Pole Express in Findlay, Ohio: For availability, reservations, and rates, call 419-423-2995. Ride a quarter-scale train past dazzling holiday lights and decorations. Watch HO & Lionel train layouts. Museum beautifully decorated inside. Railroad gift shop. NOTE: Free admission and a train ride for active duty service members and their immediate family upon presentation of a valid D.O.D. Identification.