Christmas-theme Railroad Activities in Nevada

Christmas season railroad extravaganzas are scheduled on all Nevada’s vintage Railroads in November and December. Perennial favorite Polar Express V&T departs from the Carson City Eastgate Depot (seven miles east of downtown Carson City) beginning November 18th for the journey to Santa’s North Pole retreat, and from the Nevada Northern depot in East Ely on all weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Candy Cane Express leaves the original V&T depot at 166 F Street in Virginia City starting on November 24th. Santa Trains at the Carson City and Boulder City Railroad Museums operate busy schedules on December weekends.

Polar ExpressThe Polar Express Train Ride — Carson City

The schedule begins Thursday, November 18 with rides through December 30 on evening runs at 5 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8 pm Thursday through Sunday. Passes for Twilight Trains include $10 off coach tickets for 8 pm rides on November 19, November 26, November 30, December 3, December 7, December 10, and December 14.

Hot chocolate and treats are served during the hour-long journey to the North Pole. Santa Claus and his helpers will board the train once passengers reach the North Pole, and each child is given the first gift of Christmas — a silver sleigh bell. Elves in every train car lead families in Christmas carol favorites on the ride back to Carson City.

VIP tickets include additional entertainment, extra time with Santa, a special holiday treat, and an exclusive ceramic hot chocolate mug. Passengers in this car have raised seating for clear views of the North Pole and room for dancing and games during the trip.

VIP tickets are $82 for adults, $72 for children 2-12 and free for children under 2 who sit on a lap. Coach tickets are $46 for adults and $36 for children. For tickets call 877-724-5007 or 775-291-0208 or visit Information is also available at

Santa Train, Nevada State Railroad Museum Carson CitySanta Train — Railroad Museum in Carson City

First Three Weekends of December!
December 2&3, 9&10, 16&17

$5 per person, children under 3 are FREE
10 am – 3 pm
Trains run every 30 minutes

Take a ride on the Santa Train featuring historic equipment from the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
Visit with Santa Claus and receive a candy cane aboard the train.
Write a letter to Santa at the “Letters to Santa” table . . . and much more!

Note: Select trains will be available for online ticket purchase during the first two weekends of Santa Train. No tickets will be available for online sales during the final weekend of Santa Train, December 17-18. Online ticket sales close 24 hours before departure. Walk up tickets also available for purchase.

Santa Train – Railroad Museum in Boulder City

The Santa Train is coming soon in Boulder City. This year we run Saturday and Sundays, December 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, and 16th & 17th. Tickets — $6 for all ages — are now on sale online.

Details for Pajama train are coming soon

Candy Cane ExpressThe Candy Cane Express — Virginia City

These trains operate on November 24th to 26th and December 2nd, 3rd and 9th, 10th, with departures from the historic 1870 Virginia City depot at 12 noon and 2 pm each day.

Passengers enjoy hot chocolate and warm cider while enjoying cookies and festive candy canes aboard heated, magical 100 year old coaches. The conductor reads the “Night before Christmas”. The North Pole ‘Candy Cane Sisters’ will record children’s wishes for Santa’s deliveries and lead special holiday sing-a-longs.

‘Dear Santa’ postcards are a special treat for children of all ages distributed on the train and can be posted for special delivery to the North Pole. The experience is appropriate for all ages, and a joyful addition to your holiday season. Wear warm clothes and don’t forget to bring your camera.

Cost is $19 adults, $9 child (2-11 years); under 2 years old ride free on lap.
For more information please call 775-847-0380 or visit our website at or contact:

Polar ExpressThe Polar Express Train Ride — Ely

This magical family adventure departs from Ely on the rails of the Nevada Northern Railway to see, meet, and ride with Santa at the North Pole. Along the way we will meet a lively bunch of Santa’s helpers, who serve hot chocolate and cookies while we listen to the beloved children’s story of the Polar Express, and we’ll sing along with all of the holiday favorites. Photo-ops are plentiful along the way, so bring your camera and dress the part — pajamas are very much in style on this family train ride

At the North Pole Santa Claus himself will join us and present each child a special gift so they can always remember the spirit of Christmas.

Our trains feature on-board restroom and are wheelchair accessible. All trains here operate on-time, as they have for over a century, so be at the depot ready for boarding 45 minutes before the departure time.

There is open seating, first come, first served, so board with your children and select seating together. The Polar Express Train is pulled by one of our vintage diesel locomotives. The train trip, including visiting with Santa onboard the train takes approximately 90 minutes.
Polar Express ticket reservations strongly suggested – trains often sell out.

2017 Ticket Prices Adult $42; Child (4-12) $25; Infant (not yet 4) Free

Members receive 10% to 90% discount depending on membership level (Memberships start at $30).

Groups of 12 or more should call (775) 289-2085 to arrange their group visit at a discount.

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