ALL ABOARD! Santa Train Rides & Holiday Train Shows Abound in Metro Area

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westfield train.jpgHo-Ho-Holiday! The second-largest traveling holiday is upon us and, if airfare is too much for your wallet, trains will take you anywhere you want to go, including Santa's Workshop! In fact, all around the New York-New Jersey metro area, there are train rides with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a rambunctious circle of their favorite elves, as well as train shows highlighting crafts and wintry tableaus featuring some of the oldest antique toy trains in the world. Take a look at our list, check it twice, and get both the naughty and the nice off the shopping racks and make quick tracks for some simple family fun this holiday season!

Volunteer Railroaders Association Santa Claus Train Rides

December 6th - Wayne - 'Mountain View' station on the Montclair-Boonton Line
December 7th - Glen Rock - 'Boro Hall' station on the Bergen County Line
Proceeds are used for railroad related historical preservation projects.


Modern Railroad Club Holiday Train Show

Route 22 East, Union, New Jersey (behind Home Depot)

December 7, 12, 13, 14



Santa Claus Special Train Ride

The train departs from Raritan at 8:30 AM and also from the eastbound platform (off South Avenue) of the Westfield Station in Westfield at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Saturday, December 13, 2008



The Polar Express Santa Train Ride

Philipsburg, New Jersey

Sundays--December 7, 14, 21--1PM only



Tri-State Railway Historical Society Santa Train Rides

Between Hackettstown and Netcong on New Jersey Transit

Saturday, December 13--9:20AM, 11:30AM, 1:40PM



The Annual Holiday Train Show

New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, New York

November 23, 2007-January 13, 2008



Flemington, NJ

The Great American Railway

Saturdays/Sundays 10AM-4:30PM; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:30AM-4PM

 *Closed Tuesdays year round, except for Christmas week
A spectacular adventure on this 1 mile indoor tour through a miniature world. Up to 100 trains running daily, and 8 miles of track are just the beginning. 25 years went into sculpting 35 foot mountains and building 40 foot bridges. Marvel at the thousands of handcrafted buildings and over 10,000 freight cars.


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