2020 Indiana Holiday Train Rides | Polar Express & Santa Train

Looking for Polar Express types of holiday trains in Indy for the 2020 holiday season? We’ve been trying all of the holidays trains in the state of Indiana for some time, and we’re not even done yet! If we missed your favorite, let us know in the comments at the end. There are also a lot of other Indiana train rides and train activities near Indianapolis.

2020 Christmas Train Rides in Indiana

Our favorite time of year is winter and Christmas time! We live for bundled up walks in the snow, hot chocolate, making memories, and feeling all the holiday love in the air. One of our favorite things to do during Christmas in Indy is to take a special ride on a train! There are tons of trains running through Central Indiana, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to ride a train with the big guy in the red suit! Oh, and because we know how important the details are for our readers, we’ve included the important stuff below. For more info, be sure to click the link to be taken to information about our visit, the event website and photos and videos!

Sullivan Express Santa Train

The Sullivan Santa Express (small, trackless train) will take you and your family on a memorable trip to see Santa at the North Pole! Travel through the outdoor garden center at Sullivan’s Hardware store. It’s been set up to be the perfect winter wonderland.

When the train arrives, your family will be seated together in one car. The short train ride is open-air so dress for the weather!  After leaving the station, the narrated train ride will travel through bear country where you’ll encounter some friendly bears doing some rather unusual things. Upon your arrival at the North Pole, the kids can play in Santa’s workshop as your family takes turns visiting with Kris Kringle himself.  More about the Sullivan Train Ride and their changes for COVID.

Seating is limited. The cost is a reasonable $60-70 per family. A family ticket includes the whole family, including grandparents! Tickets should be purchased in advance.

{Canceled for 2020 as of 11/20} Christmas Caboose at Nickel Plate Express

Hop aboard the Nickel Plate Express Christmas Caboose, departing Forest Park in Noblesville, Indiana! Guests will take a cozy 35-minute ride in the caboose to see Santa’s North Pole while enjoying a cookie, listening to a holiday story, and singing carols! Kids will also be able to visit with Santa and receive photos from a safe distance. Tickets are available for full benches, seating two, three or up to five people. Tickets start at $25 per bench.

2020 event dates: The Nickel Plate Holiday Train Ride, Christmas Caboose runs November 14,15, 21, 22, 27-29 & December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19-23

Polar Express at Whitewater Valley Scenic Railroad

Board the train at Grand Central Station in Connersville to pick up Santa Claus at the North Pole. Once on board, Santa will come and visit with each child on the train to give them the special first gift of Christmas. Hot chocolate and cookies are served on board and the sounds from the hit movie Polar Express will be heard.

2020 event dates will beNovember 13-15, 20-22, 27-29; December 4-6, 11-13, 18, and 19, 2020.

The train ride is 1 1/2 – 2 hours long.

Tickets are on sale now online or by calling the Whitewater Valley Railroad Grand Central Station. You’ll also find information about the $10 Santa Claus Limited Train Rides.

French Lick Scenic Railway Polar Express Train Ride

The French Lick Polar Express train ride is canceled for 2020. Tickets for 2020 will go on sale in spring/summer 2021.

The Indiana Rail Road Santa Train

The Indiana Rail Road Santa Train has been canceled for 2020. This train will return in 2021.

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society Santa Train

This event appears to be canceled for 2020.

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum

The Santa Train has been canceled for 2020.

Find all Indy Christmas events here.

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