5 Holiday Train Experiences Your Children WIll Love

5 Holiday Train Experiences Your Kids WIll Love

5 Holiday Train Experiences Your Children WIll Love

If you are looking for a unique holiday experience that your kids will love, step back in time and hop aboard these holiday trains! These will make for great day trips and they are within a few hours’ driving distance from the CSRA. 

Polar Express at Blue Ridge Scenic Trail

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Winter Train Rides
November 11 – December 31
Cost: Adult – $47-$82 & Children $32 (2-12 years)
Bundle up and sip some hot chocolate as the train calmy rolls along the Tocca River and through the scenic Appalachian foothills. 


Santa Express
Dates: November – December
Adults – $52 & Child $35
Take a ride to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. During the one-hour train ride, the kids will sing songs, have a Christmas storytime, and have tons of fun. Every kid will get a traditional bell and candy cane. Due to COVID, Santa and Mrs. Claus will not be on the train this year. However, they will be open for visits and photos in their Christmas caboose at the Depot. Children will not be allowed to sit with or hug Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa Pavillion
December 5, 12 & 19
Cost: Adults – $59 & Child – $42
Embark on a magical train ride to the sister towns of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Santa Pavilion! This is a 4-hour ride with a two-hour layover. 

Three Hours and 46 Minutes From North Augusta

Train Ride With Santa at Southeastern Train Museum

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Dates and Times: Doors Open at 9 AM – Santa arrives at 1:30 PM – Activities Start at 11 AM.
Cost: Adult – $18 & Children $12 (2-12 years)

Activities Include: Santa Visit, Train Ride, Santa Letter Writing, and Bring Your Own Camera For Pictures With Santa.

Two Hours and 33 Minutes From North Augusta

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Winter Wonderland Train Ride at Pine Mountain Gold Museum
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Date and Times:
December 2nd – 23rd – Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat
Ticket times begin at 6 PM – Must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled time.

Cost: All ages $12 & 2 and under free.

The train ride is open-air and it winds through a wooded area covered with Christmas lights. 

2 Hours and 46 Minutes From North Augusta

The Santa Special at Georgia Coastal Railway

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Dates and Times:
November 28, December 5, 12 & 19, 2020
Departures at 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm & 7:15 pm

Open-Air Experience
Open Air Car Child (3-12 years old) $15 +fee
Open Air Car Adult (13 years old and up) $18 +fee
Locomotive (Limited to 2 per trip) Adult or Child $50 +fee

Get on board and travel in the Open Air railcar to Santa Land in this magical celebration of Christmas. Santa and his elves come aboard so get ready with your cameras and make some memories! 

Nutcracker Realms Experience
Cost: Please see the website for car pricing.

This enhanced Santa Express experience includes the classic holiday story “The Nutcracker” retold with a wondrous adventure filled with Christmas magic.

Starting your magical journey, our pre-show will ignite the sparkle in your eyes with a visual live presentation full of magical dances, decorations, and music before you begin your journey aboard the Santa Express. Once onboard, let your inner child dive into a curious world of Wonder as our cast guides you through a magical train ride as you enjoy the season’s best beverages, music, and special guests ( Sugarplum fairy and friends, Shy Mice, Toy soldiers, and even the big man himself Santa). Visitors from our wonderful, magical realms will delight you with warm smiles, laughs, and memories look back upon for years to come.

3 Hours and 48 Minutes From North Augusta

Holiday Ride-On Train at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Dates and Times:
November 14th – December 3rd
Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM – 4 PM

Cost: $5.00 per passenger

All aboard The Botanical Express for a trip around the Great Lawn. You kids will love to see the lights if you stay for the night portion. 

2 Hours and 21 Minutes From North Augusta

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