Pre-purchase online or by phone at 1-866-725-9666 Boarding times are 15 minutes before departure times
Santa Claus welcomes you and passengers of all ages aboard America’s oldest operating railroad for a truly magical steam train and Christmas experience!
A Christmas tradition for over 60 years continues as the historic Strasburg Rail Road welcomes a very special visitor every holiday season. Santa Claus will climb aboard our vintage steam train to greet families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, Pennsylvania and back. Children ages 11 and under will receive a small gift from Santa and his helper during this nostalgic 45-minute train ride.
Santa’s Paradise Express includes more than just your festive train excursion! Visitors of all ages will be charmed as they enjoy a ride aboard the Candy Cane Trolley (a self-propelled motorcar) and enjoy storybook readings of holiday classics at the North Pole alcove adjacent to the Railroad Store.
And don’t miss Mrs. Claus who will also be available at the North Pole alcove from 12-4 PM to help children finalize their letters to Santa! Bring a self-addressed, stamped, unsealed, regular-sized envelope and we’ll make sure Santa mails a personal reply to each boy and girl on his list.
Weather-permitting, rides aboard our Pint-sized Pufferbelly and the Cranky Cars will be available too.
All this is included with your Santa’s Paradise Express ticket! Ho, ho, ho!
The Strasburg Rail Road features a variety of meticulously-restored train accommodations including our business class President’s Car, First Class Parlor and Lounge cars, a Dining car, and a fleet of beautifully-restored wooden Coaches. For the comfort of our passengers, all cars are heated with historic pot-bellied coal stoves, just like the old days! Pre-purchase your tickets to ensure your preferred accommodation and train departure time as part of a fun, old-fashioned Christmas!