I’ve got a toddler who loves trains, so I figured there was no better way to see Santa than to take him on a train ride where Santa was on board.  Just two hours northeast of Indy you can take your family to the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Museum to ride the Santa Train.

Fort Wayne Santa TrainInside their station, aka Santa’s Workshop, they have model trains on display for kids to see, as well as two full size steam engines. One of which is the iconic engine no. 765.  You and your kids are allowed to climb inside a steam engine and sit in the engineers seat. Your little ones will love seeing all the gauges and levers inside as well as the coal hopper. There are also snacks and souvenirs to purchase.

The train ride is around 20 minutes long, which I thought was perfect for preschool aged children. And, Santa rides along in the train car with you. You can go sit on his lap during any point of the ride. And you have to admit family pictures by a caboose make for great Christmas cards.

Fort Wayne Santa TrainThe Fort Wayne Santa train runs the first three weekends in December from 9 am-5 pm each day.

But here’s the secret you have to buy your tickets on November 15.  Don’t be late. They go fast and if I were you I’d visit their webpage and click on the link to have them e-mail you a reminder of when the tickets go on sale so you are sure to get them.

Find all Indy holiday events here.