Spoil your family with a Christmas Train ride this winter. They bring magic and machines together for a joyous holiday experience. You may even get to see Santa Claus himself! These scenic train rides are the perfect holiday experience for families with a pint-size locomotive fan under their roof!
Whether you have got a kid obsessed with trains or your family longs to replicate a Polar Express train ride, these holiday railway rides will be ideal for making core memories. Here in the GTA, we are lucky enough to have some magical options for holiday train rides and experiences on the rails! You might not make it to the North Pole, but you will feel like you’re heading in the right direction! Here are all the best local train rides to experience this holiday season.
Waterloo Central Railway Christmas Train Experience
The Waterloo Central Railway offers two Christmas train experiences. The daytime ride is “Santa’s Countryside Ride” and the evening one is “Santa’s Christmas Caboose”. Both are a one-hour round-trip ride on a magical journey to the North Pole. Santa, elves and reindeer await your arrival. You can expect singing, storytime, and on the evening experience, you get to take in the sights of over 15,000 Christmas lights!
Where: St Jacobs, ON (train departs at the station right near the St. Jacobs Farmers Market)
Cost: Starting at $24.99 for children and $29.99 for adults for daytime in November.
When: Events run until December 23rd
York-Durham Heritage Railway – 5 Rides To Choose From!
The York Durham Heritage Railway offers several unique and exciting Christmas train experiences! There is something for everyone to be found on these rails. They are offering a North Pole Light Up Express, Premium North Pole Experience, a Nutcracker Evening High Tea and a Victorian Christmas Tea. Santa, Mrs Claus, singing & dancing elves, chocolate milk & cookies and lots of festive fun await you on the York-Durham Heritage Railway!
Where: Uxbridge, ON
Cost: Starting at $44.99 for children and $54.99 for adults
When: Experiences run until December 24th
Halton County Radial Railway Christmas Train Ride
The Halton County Radial Railway is offering one last hurrah for the 2023 season; a Christmas on the Rails event! Board the train for a ride through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air. There’s also a big man in red scheduled to make an appearance!
Where: Milton, ON
Cost: $18 for children and $24 for adults
Family pass:: $70 for 2 adults and 2 children
When: December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2023 from 1pm to 8pm
Free Rides On The Winter Twinkle Express in Downtown Milton
The Downtown Milton tourism agency is offering free Christmas Train rides through the downtown core. The Winter Twinkle Express will get you in the holiday spirit with music, fun activities and of course, train rides! Take in the seasonal light displays and the beautifully decorated storefronts, or enjoy a hot chocolate as you stroll the streets!
Where: Milton, ON
When: pending confirmation for 2023.
Ride The R.B.G. Express Christmas Train Ride at Royal Botanical Gardens
Royal Botanical Gardens: The RBG is offering Christmas train rides on the RBG Express! Don’t miss a ride on the train during a day visit to the gardens. Purchase tickets at the door to take a round-trip ride throughout Hendrie Park. Tip: purchase your train tickets as soon as you arrive – they do sell out!
Where: Burlington, ON
Cost: $10 + HST per car on top of admission; up to four people per train car.
When: Running Nov. 23, 2023 until January 7, 2024 from 10:15 am to 2:45 pm
Botanical Train Display
One of our favourite holiday traditions is to check out the Botanical Train Display at RBG.