The Nickel Plate Express has once again impressed this “been there, done that” family, with their Reindeer Ride Express. This year you can take your family on a beautiful train adventure, boarding in Noblesville, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County! Selected as one of our recommendations of Indy holiday events and activities that you need to buy tickets for right now, Reindeer Ride is so much fun!

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!

Nickel Plate Express Reindeer Ride

Less than 45 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis, you’ll find Noblesville, Indiana, home to Indy with Kids favorite, Koteewi Run Snow Tubing Slopes. You’ll find many other awesome businesses that would be an excellent pit stop or great place to visit while you’re in Noblesville.

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. Food and beverages are available for sale at the depot and can be brought on board the train. Sugar cookies and snacks are a delicious staple on the Reindeer Ride and my kids enjoyed every single morsel.

New for 2019: The train will travel to the 150-year-old train depot in Arcadia, IN. The depot will be decked out in Christmas lights donated by Gaylor Electric to look like Santa’s Workshop. Mistletoe the elf will greet and wave at the kids while we stop briefly at Santa’s Workshop (passengers will not get off). There is singing and dancing and bell ringing. Carolers go from section to section sharing their voices and children and adults are invited to join in and sing along.

Polar Express Train Ride

Some of our favorite Polar Express themed train rides are sold out for 2019, but Reindeer Ride now as Santa Claus on board! New for 2019, Santa will be aboard the train and meet with children and every child will receive a gift

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 $35 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.

Places to Eat in Noblesville Before Reindeer Ride

A great treat for our family is a stop at Rebellion Donuts. Rosie’s Place is open for breakfast and lunch and offers a fantastic menu and space for families to eat together. Chuy’s is another great restaurant that we’ve enjoyed dinner as a family.

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