Santa Rides the Rails Last Updated 11/16

Holiday time in Connecticut can be especially festive, fun-filled and even magical if you happen to encounter Santa in your travels! And this season, Santa plans to make stops at several of the state’s holiday railways. Holiday train rides often sell out, so to ensure a Santa sighting, be sure to make your reservations!

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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex

On the Santa Special at the Essex Steam Train, kids can visit with Santa and see Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and Christmas Penguin – all on board to spread holiday cheer. Each child will receive a small holiday gift from Santa's elves.

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Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Winterfest at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor offers an antique trolley ride through the “Tunnel of Lights” while you sing carols with the crew and other passengers.

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Lake Compounce, Bristol

Lake Compounce’s Holiday Lights. Ride the North Pole Railway and then warm up with a hot chocolate and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. You may even be the lucky one chosen to light the tree that evening!

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Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston

Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston offers two holiday adventures, the  Northern Lights Limited to Santa’s Train Workshop and the Santa Express.

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Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven

Santa’s Trolley Winter Wonderland at Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven has a train ride that will remind you of “Christmas past” while you enjoy complimentary cookies and hot chocolate.

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Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury

Ride a Vintage Train to Visit Santa Claus at the Danbury Railway Museum. It takes kids to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. Kids will receive a small gift.