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Christmas Trains > Southern States

Railroads across the South are celebrating the season

Santa and friends

Holiday season rail events in Southern States feature spectacular Christmas lights displays and Santa Express trains to the North Pole — including authentic Polar Express runs. Shown: Santa and friends. Photo: ©Naugatuck Valley Railroad.

Celebrate the Christmas season with a Christmas train ride. Holiday season rail events in Southern States feature spectacular Christmas lights displays and Santa Express trains to the North Pole — including authentic Polar Express runs. Reservations for events are often required and always advisable.

Alabama

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Calera, Alabama

North Pole Express Train with Santa (evening trains)

Friday, November 22 – Sunday, November 24

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1

Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8

Friday, December 13 – Monday, December 15

Friday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Calera, Alabama

Santa Special Train (day trains)

Friday, November 30

Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21

North Alabama Railroad Museum

Huntsville, Alabama

Santa Train

Saturday, December & Sunday, December 8

Saturday, December 14

Wales West Light Railway

Silverhill, Alabama

Arctic Express Train with Santa

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1

Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8

Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15

Daily, Monday, December 16 – Tuesday, December 24

Arkansas

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Springdale, Arkansas

Children's Christmas Train

Saturday, December 7

Holiday Express PJ Train

Monday, December 9 – Wednesday, December 11

Friday, December 13

Monday, December 16 – Friday, December 20

Monday, December 23

Florida

Orange Blossom Cannonball

Tavares, Florida

Christmas Cannonball Express Train

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1

Friday, December 6 & Sunday, December 8

Friday, December 13 – Monday, December 23

Florida Railroad Museum

Parrish, Florida

North Pole Express Train with Santa (evening trains)

Thursday, December 5 – Sunday, December 8

Thursday, December 12 – Sunday, December 15

Thursday, December 19 – Sunday, December 22

Seminole Gulf Railway

Fort Myers, Florida

Christmas Rail/Boat Train

Monday, December 9 & Tuesday, December 10

Monday, December 16 & Tuesday, December 17

"Nutcracker's Final Curtain" Murder Mystery Train

Monday, December 23 & Tuesday, December 24

New Year's Eve Gala Train

Tuesday, December 31

Georgia

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge, Georgia

Santa Express Train (day trains)

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1

Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8

Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15

Friday, December 20 – Tuesday, December 24

Night Train to Santa's Pavilion

Friday, November 29 & Saturday, November 30

Friday, December 6 & Saturday, December 7

Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14

Friday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21

SAM Shortline Excursion Train

Cordele, Georgia

Plains Festival of Lights Excursion

Saturday, November 30

Special  Excursion – Taste of Winter Train

Monday, December 9

Bells over Plains Train

Tuesday, December 10 & Wednesday, December 11

Special Excursion – Enchanted Evening Train with Santa

Saturday, December 14

Rudolph's Favorite Train

Saturday, December 7

Kentucky

Big South Fork Scenic Railway

Stearns, Kentucky

Santa Express Train

Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum

Versailles, Kentucky

Home for the Holidays Train

Saturday, November 23

Santa Claus Train

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15

Saturday, December 21 & Sunday, December 22

Kentucky Railway Museum

New Haven, Kentucky

Santa Express Train (day trains)

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15

Saturday, December 21 & Sunday, December 22

North Pole Express Train (evening trains)

Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8

Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15

Friday, December 20 – Sunday, December 22

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

Bardstown, Kentucky

North Pole Express Train

Sundays, December 8, 15 & 22

New Year's Eve Excursion Train

Tuesday, December 31

North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Bryson City, North Carolina

Polar Express Train

Friday, November 8 & Saturday, November 9

Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16

Friday, November 22 – Sunday, November 24

Tuesday, November 26 & Wednesday, November 27

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1

Wednesday, December 4 – Tuesday, December 24

Thursday, December 26 – Sunday, December 29

New Year's Eve Gala

Tuesday, December 31

New Hope Valley Railway

New Hill, North Carolina

Santa Train

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15

North Carolina Transportation Museum

Spencer, North Carolina

Daytime Santa Train

Friday, November 29 & Saturday, November 30

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15

Saturday, December 21 & Sunday, December 22

Evening Cookies & Cocoa with Santa Train

Saturday, November 30

Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21

South Carolina

South Carolina Railroad Museum

Winnsboro, South Carolina

Santa Train  

Saturday, November 30

Saturdays, December 7 & 14

Tennessee

Southern Appalachia Railway Museum – Secret City Scenic Excursion Train

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Santa Train

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15

Tennessee Central Railway Museum

Nashville, Tennessee

North Pole Express Train

Saturday, November 30

Saturdays, December 7 & 14

Tennessee Valley Railroad

Chattanooga, Tennessee

North Pole Limited Train

(Hotel packages available)

Saturday, November 16

Friday, November 22 – Sunday, November 24

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1

Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8

Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15

Friday, December 20 – Sunday, December 22

Christmas Special Dinner Train

Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21

New Year's Eve Dinner Train

Tuesday, December 31

Three Rivers Rambler

Knoxville, Tennessee

Christmas Train

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15

Saturday, December 21 & Sunday, December 22

Virginia

James River Rambler

Dillwyn, Virginia

Santa Train

Saturdays, December 7 & 14

West Virginia

Mountain Rail Adventures – Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Elkins, West Virginia

Polar Express Train

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