Trains are a BIG part of our family! My son absolutely loves all things trains! He has been hooked on them since he was around a year old. His favorite holiday book and movie is the Polar Express! It’s no surprise that he was thrilled to go on a Polar Express themed train ride a few years ago! It was such a fun and exciting experience for my family! We are planning to do it again this year, since we are not traveling at Christmas. My son is over the top excited for this year’s holiday train fun!
There’s just something magical and nostalgic about trains that take you back to a bygone era of when they were a major form of transportation. Indiana has no shortage of opportunities to experience trains, especially during the holidays! Check out our list of fabulous holiday train events to help your family create lasting cheerful memories! Take note, that tickets often sell out fast at these events, so plan now for your holiday train experience!
Provided by Whitewater Valley Scenic Railroad November & December 2015
Special holiday shopping excursions to Metamora are available in conjunction with Metamora’s Annual Christmas Walk. Reservations must be made in advance. Early reservations are highly recommended, since these trains usually sell out very early due to the trains limited capacity. Coach fares for Christmas trains are: Adults: $27, Children 2-12: $16. These trains have LIMITED CAPACITY and will SELL OUT.
Caboose Rentals: Bring the whole family, or a group of friends! Rent one of our cabooses for your private excursion to Metamora, and tag it on to any of the trains listed above. (Maximum of 20 guests on most of our caboose fleet). Limited Availability. $425 each. These sell out early, so make your reservation today! NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS
Call Whitewater Valley Scenic Railroad for reservations (765) 825-2054 or purchase tickets online. Follow Whitewater Valley Scenic Railroad on Facebook.
Board the train at Grand Central Station in Connersville to pick up Santa Claus along the way. Once on board Santa will come and visit with each child on the train. Train departs at 9:30am, 11:45am and 2pm. Tickets are $10 ages 2 and up. Purchase Santa Claus Limited Tickets Online or Call 765-825-2054 To Order By Phone.
(NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS)
This event is based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters by Chris Van Allsburg. View Schedule and Purchase Tickets Here. All passengers ages 2 years and up are required to have a ticket to board the train. Tickets are $32.50 per passenger. Departing from Connersville Grand Central Station 765-825-2054 Follow Whitewater Valley Scenic Railroad on Facebook
This event is based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters by Chris Van Allsburg. November 6, 2015 – January 3, 2016* FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY 5:30pm & 7:30pm Departures. All passengers ages 2 years and older are required to have a ticket to board the train. *Tickets for the 2016 Season will go on sale on November 6, 2015.
Thursday December 17th at 6:00 P.M. – One Night Only! Binford Redevelopment and Growth, Inc. presents the Polar Bear Express. Board the train at Steinmeier Station, then travel to Fishers and on through Noblesville’s town square to the “North Pole” which is located at the Indiana Transportation Museum in Forest Park. Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride the train. At the “North Pole” the Polar Bear will board the train for the return trip and will visit with each of the children. During the trip everyone will receive hot cocoa and a cookie. All children will receive a special gift from Santa (We’ve heard it’s a Polar Bear of their very own). Cookies and drinks are given to the children on the way to Forest Park. If your child has food allergies, please do not accept the treats. Tickets are $30 per person, age 2 years and up. Children under 2 ride free but MUST sit on a lap. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas but keep in mind that it will likely be very, very cold while they are waiting for the train. Purchase Tickets Online.
*Please Note: The Polar Bear Express boards at Fishers, and does not board at the museum site in Forest Park. All Polar Bear Express trips begin at the train station in Fishers, Indiana, located at 3 Municipal Drive, just south of the public library in the Fishers Municipal Complex. Train operates from November 28th through December 23rd at various times. Day Trips are $30 per passenger (excludes 4pm on and after December 11th. Evening Trips are $32 per passenger. Tickets are required for all passengers ages 2 years and up.
Contact Indiana Transportation Museum 317-773-6000
*Please Note: This Train boards at Fishers, and does not board at the museum site in Forest Park. Train Operates December 26th Only! Train rides at 4:00 P.M. & 6:00 P.M. and last approximately one hour. Share Santa’s ride home to the North Pole by train! Board at Fishers Station for the wintery ride through Noblesville. Tickets required for all passengers ages 2 years and up and cost $15 per passenger.
Contact Indiana Transportation Museum 317-773-6000
FREE ADMISSION! Get into the spirit of Christmas, when Santa comes into town by celebrating this special Yuletide tradition shared by generations of people who have grown up in Indiana Rail Road communities. Check the schedule, and meet Santa when his special train comes to visit on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th at various locations and times.
Contact The Indiana Rail Road Company 317-616-3460
Affordable tickets go on sale November 1st. For the first time ever, purchase your tickets online and avoid the wait! Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for children. Seating is extremely limited. Enjoy a train ride with Santa Claus aboard a vintage caboose! 20 minute train rides depart the restoration facility at 15808 Edgerton Road with a 1950s diesel locomotive and caboose as passengers visit with Santa during their ride. Trains run continuously all three Saturdays before Christmas and depart three times an hour. Tours of steam locomotive no. 765 and other activities will be available. All trains depart the railroad historical society’s restoration facility at 15808 Edgerton Road, New Haven, 46774.
Contact Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society 260-493-0765
Even though it’s not a “REAL” full sized train, we thought families would appreciate the $20 per family price tag for this fun experience. Check it out, it might be the perfect fit for your family if you’re on a budget (like me), have teeny ones or your favorite Polar Express is sold out.
Katie is a freelance writer and photographer. She loves to be out in nature, hiking, photographing wildlife and exploring all the wonders of the great outdoors. Katie is also passionate about volunteerism by giving back to the community in various ways. She has a son who she adores and is happily married to her best friend since 2007. Follow Katie in her adventures on Instagram @funwithblake.