The Night Before Christmas Train

Available Dates:
  • December 4, 2020
    ( Boarding: 5:45 p.m. /Departure: 6:30)
  • December 11, 2020
    (Boarding: 6:15 p.m. /Departure: 7:00)
  • December 12, 2020
    ( Boarding: 6:15 p.m. /Departure: 7:00)
  • December 17, 2020
    (Boarding: 6:15 p.m. /Departure: 7:00)
  • December 18, 2020
    ( Boarding: 6:15 p.m. /Departure: 7:00)
  • December 19, 2020
    ( Boarding: 6:15 p.m. /Departure: 7:00)
  • December 20, 2020
    ( Boarding: 6:15 p.m. /Departure: 7:00)
  • December 21, 2020
    ( Boarding: 6:15 p.m. /Departure: 7:00)
  • December 22, 2020
    (Boarding: 6:15 p.m. /Departure: 7:00)
  • December 23, 2020
    (Boarding: 6:15 p.m. /Departure: 7:00)
  • All Ages: $31.00(Parlor Car)
  • All Ages: $31.00(Lounge Car)
  • Adult (12+): $21.00(Coach)
  • Child (2-11): $15.00(Coach)
  • Infant (0-1): $4.00(Coach)
Boarding times are half hour before departure times
Pre-purchase online or by phone at 1-866-725-9666

All aboard for Strasburg Rail Road’s Night Before Christmas Train! Passengers aboard this train enjoy the childlike anticipation of Christmas Eve, recall the old-fashioned nostalgia of Christmas past, and delight in the magic of an authentic steam train during the holidays.

Returning again this year, the popular Night Before Christmas Train runs on select evenings throughout the holiday season. 


This very unique and special train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a nightshirt and cap will welcome you aboard your railcar and then read Clement C. Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as the train rolls along. After the reading of the poem, passengers can enjoy a treat of milk and cookies before returning to the train station. In the spirit of the season, children and their families are encouraged to come dressed in pajamas.

Parents, please note: While Santa Claus does make a brief appearance aboard this train in keeping with the classic story, this experience captures the wonder and anticipation of Christmas but does NOT feature Santa. If you’re looking for a train ride during which Santa visits with each family and pauses for a photo, please consider our Santa’s Paradise Express.

Following the train ride, children are also treated to storybook readings of holiday classics in our “North Pole Annex” in the shop next to the cafe. 

New this year:

  • Strasburg Rail Road modified its departure schedule to accommodate designated time to clean and sanitize the train between trips.
  • Each train car’s capacity has been reduced to 50% with no more than 34 Guests on any given train car.
  • Readers and performers will be also be wearing a mask, but rest assured they’ll all be smiling a lot under their masks! (Because your reader will be wearing a mask, all Guests are required to wear one too.)