Santa on Christmas Train

Magical Christmas Traditions at Strasburg Rail Road

Celebrate Christmas at Strasburg Rail Road. Our holiday happiness kicks off November 24th when Santa and his helpers arrive and transform the railroad into a magical wonderland filled with classic stories, a Christmas Feast, music and the magic of the season. To help spark your holiday spirit, we’ve compiled some of the top reasons why our Christmas trains should make it to the top of your family to-do list.

Christmas Tree Train:

Reason #1, Christmas Trees! Selecting that perfect tree for the big day is an important task. Our Christmas Tree Train makes this yearly duty a magical experience for the entire family. We offer three departure times on December 2nd, where you’ll travel down the track to pick your pre-cut tree.

Once passengers arrive at Leaman Place Grove they have approximately one hour to choose and purchase their special tree, while enjoying complimentary hot chocolate. After you’ve selected your tree, it will be delivered, by flatcar, back at the station where our friendly staff members will assist you in loading your tree into your vehicle.

There will also be professional photographers available at Leaman Place Grove to capture that special memory of selecting your tree and celebrating the holidays. These photos are perfect for Christmas Cards, keepsakes, and even make great gifts.

Our Christmas Tree Trains run on December 2nd only, so get your tickets before they are gone. (Note: Tree cost is additional, average cost is approximately $50-65).

Santa’s Paradise Express:

Reason #2, a ride with Santa. What’s Christmas without Santa? Santa Claus has been coming to the Strasburg Rail Road since 1959. Join us for our Santa’s Paradise Express where Santa climbs aboard for a nostalgic 45-minute steam train ride. As a special treat, children ages 11 and under will receive a gift from Santa and his helper as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA.

Make sure Santa receives your Christmas list by bringing a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Station. Mrs. Claus will be at the Station from 12 – 4 pm to help you finalize your wish list. We’ll make sure Santa checks his list twice and mails each little boy and girl a special reply.

The Night Before Christmas Train:

Reason #3, story time. Purchase a ticket to our Night Before Christmas Train to hear Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, the Night Before Christmas, read aloud as our steam train travels through the night. After listening to this iconic story, passengers aboard our Night Before Christmas Train each can enjoy a special treat of milk and cookies, just like Santa!

What’s even more special than cookies and milk? Knowing your Christmas tradition is helping a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from our Night Before Christmas Train goes towards supporting the Clinic for Special Children, helping little boys and girls in need.

Christmas Feast:

Reason #4, a feast fit for a king. We may not have the Grinch’s Roast Beast, but we do have quite the Christmas Feast available on our Dinner Train. Enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner complete with all the trimmings including honey-glazed ham, slow-cooked turkey, savory sides and delectable desserts.

Holiday Extras:

Reason #5, free extras. It wouldn’t be a traditional Christmas without those classic storybooks we all know and love. Visit our heated stationary Caboose where children will be treated to storybook readings of holiday classics. And visitors of all ages can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar, back at the station. These festive extras are FREE with the purchase of your ticket.


Reason #6, gifts. Stock up on souvenir gifts for the family at any of our three stores located at the Station. We have a wide selection of gifts, books, toys and apparel in our two gift shops. Our toy store offers a huge selection of Thomas-themed merchandise to make Christmas extra-special for all of your little engineers.

The holidays are all about family fun and creating memories, and you can do just that at any one of our unique and specialized events. So, come celebrate the magic of Christmas at Strasburg Rail Road and start a new holiday tradition; we just know you’ll have an unforgettable experience filled with holiday spirit and fun! Don’t delay though, tickets sell rapidly for these family-favorite events. Purchase your tickets here.