Ever wanted to ride on the Polar Express? You’re in luck because there are a couple of magical train rides you can take this holiday season in the Stateline! These holiday train rides include a visit with Santa Claus! Be sure to get tickets as soon as possible because these holiday train rides often sell out quickly.

Happy Holiday Railway at Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olson Rd., Union, IL

When: November 25 – December 18, 2022 at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm

Cost: $22 per person

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The Happy Holiday Railway is a 40 minute train ride through the winter countryside with Santa Claus. You can see and visit with Santa on the train. There will be treats and hot cocoa served and gifts given to children on the good list. After the ride, you can visit the indoor heated Model Railroad Exhibit and the historic trains in the museum barns. Included with your ticket is a ride on the historic Chicago streetcars.


Christmas Trains at East Troy Depot

2022 Church St., East Troy, WI

Christmas Day Trains

When: November 26 – 27, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 at 9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm

Cost: $23 per adult / $20 per child ages 3-14 / $8.50 for kids ages 0-2

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The East Troy Depot has two holiday train options available. There are daytime Christmas trains and Santa’s Special Night trains. The daytime trains run from the depot to Santa’s workshop located at the Elegant Farmer. Kids can visit Santa and take a photo with him. The trolley is heated and has bathrooms available. The ride is two hours – 30 minutes on the train, a one-hour stop, and 30 minutes back to the depot.

Christmas Night Trains

When: November 25-26, December 2, 9-10, 16-17 at 5 pm

Cost: $35 per adult / $23 per kid ages 3-14 / $12 per kid ages 0-2

Get Christmas Night Train tickets here. 

The Christmas Night Train experience happens in an elevated dining car decorated for Christmas. There are cookies, hot cocoa, adult beverages, and other surprises. Each child will receive a special holiday book and stuffed animal as a memento. The train will stop at Santa’s Workshop at the Elegant Farmer. The ride is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.


Special Mention: Watch the CP Holiday Train Come To Town

The CP Holiday Train is a decorated train that travels throughout the country supporting food banks by raising money and gathering food for those in need. The train will have country artists Lindsay Ell & JoJo Mason performing at the stop.

There will be a booth for nonperishable food donations set up. It is FREE to attend this show.

The CP Holiday Train will be stopping in Byron on December 3rd from 12 pm – 12:30 pm at Tower Road near the High School.


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