The Nickel Plate Express has once again impressed this”been there, done that” family, with their Reindeer Ride Express, boarding in Atlanta, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County! They’ve found a way to bring families north for a train ride experience that is very different from any other Indy area holiday train experience. Comparable to similar Polar Express themed train rides, guests board the train and are treated to an hour long train ride with joyful carolers, dancing and singing hosts and treats and sweets!

Our family was treated to a train ride by Nickel Plate Express for the purpose of sharing our experience with you.

Less than one hour north of Indianapolis, you’ll find Atlanta, Indiana, home to Indy with Kids favorite, Mr. Muffin’s Trains. New businesses and attractions are slowly making their way to Atlanta and with the big train tourism that has been present for the past few months, we should see even more pop up along Main Street and spread out.

Mr. Muffin and friends have created a special restaurant that families will love, the Choo Choo Cafe. Open only on Saturdays at this time, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before your train ride. And don’t forget to stop and and see the Layout, an incredible place for train lovers of all ages.

Line up for your train ride about 15-20 minutes prior to your boarding time and then you’ll climb aboard a restored 1950’s train with a dining car (beer & wine available for purchase) and airplane type seating, available in groups of four. My children love that the seats recline and have foot rests, but the window seat is the coveted location.

Just Pop In! gourmet popcorn and Taylor’s Bakery reindeer cookies with a side of hot coca were staples for this Reindeer Ride and my kids enjoyed every single morsel. Our hosts passed out craft packs from Caravan Classes with colored pencils and an instructions for making your own Nickel Plate Express ornament. Later, special paper was distributed for writing a Santa letter.

There was signing and dancing and bell ringing. Carolers went from section to section sharing their voices and children and adults were invited to join in and sing along.

Santa doesn’t board the train at all, but he is in the boarding area in the little red caboose, meeting with his biggest fans. Stop by to see him Friday & Saturday, 3 – 8pm & Sunday, 4 – 7pm.

You can wear whatever you feel like wearing, but we opted for our matching Christmas jammies this year and we weren’t the only ones! With options like the Polar Express at French Lick selling out months in advance and with Nickel Plate Express being so close, you’ll want to get your tickets quickly, these trains will fill fast!

At the time of publishing: children’s tickets are $25 and adult tickets are $30. For current ticket prices and VIP car options, visit the Nickel Plate Express website

The Nickel Plate Express train is a hi-level train, meaning all seating is on the upper level and passengers will need to climb a small flight of stairs in order to board.