All aboard the
Santa Express Train!

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Experience the magic!

Join us for a journey to the North Pole in Colorado’s Royal Gorge and meet Santa Claus himself. The Santa Express Train is a winter wonderland, where children of all ages gather to make memories you’ll treasure year after year.

Holiday cheer abounds aboard the train — and while you and your family enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, complete with child and adult beverages from our fully stocked bar, we make our way to pick up St. Nick.

Once the guest of honor boards the train, you’ll nibble on cookies and sip hot cocoa while waiting for Santa to greet your child and give them a very special gift.

50,000 lights!

Prepare to be dazzled by a holiday display featuring more than 50,000 lights in the North Pole. On the return trip, watch our Christmas laser light show beaming against the sheer rock walls of the canyon.

Santa Express Train

30,000 smiles!

More than 30,000 guests ride the Santa Express Train each year, so tickets sell out quickly. Book your trip today and find out why the Santa Express Train is Colorado’s top Christmas train experience.

Santa Express Details

Dates of Service


Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure to pick up your tickets.

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Holiday Shopping

While waiting to board the train enjoy a little holiday shopping in our new Santa Fe Depot retail store, brimming with unique gifts for the holiday season. Gift certificates are also available.

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We recommend arriving 1-1.5 hours in advance of your scheduled departure time to get your photos and golden tickets to take onboard. Early arriving passengers may be allowed to pre-board to get settled in for the unforgettable journey ahead. Please note that all guests are assigned seating and arriving early does not allow you to pick your seats.

Holiday Photo Opportunity

Make sure your family holiday memories last by taking home a beautiful custom Santa Express Premium Photo Folio. Our professional photographers will put your family in the middle of the holiday action with our custom photo backgrounds for a shot you’ll love. These folios also include a magical Santa Express Golden Ticket for children to have punched by the Conductor during your journey. Pre-purchase for advanced pricing of $30 for the premium folio or flash drive. You may also purchase the photo or flash drive the day of your trip for the regular price of $35.

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Holiday Ornaments

Our Santa Fe Depot retail experience is chock-full of holiday gifts, ornaments, decor, wearables and toys you’ll love. You may also pre-purchase this Santa Express Custom 2020 Ornament for $6.40. The gift voucher will be with your train tickets at the Santa Fe Depot and can be redeemed in our Gift Shop before or after your journey aboard the Santa Express Train.

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Special add-ons (optional)

Grill Meal Package

Enjoy delicious entrees from our Santa Express 403 Grill Menu! You’re invited to pre-purchase our grill meal package for $22.00 per adult and $14.00 per child to save. All adult grill meal packages come with an entree, 16oz non-alcoholic beverage, and a Santa Express Pint Glass. Child meal packages include a child entrée and a 16oz beverage. You may also order on the train à la carte from our Santa Express Menu.

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Breakfast with Santa

Ride to the North Pole with Santa and Mrs.Claus on this special 9:15 am Breakfast with Santa departure. This journey includes breakfast, hot chocolate, and a leisurely visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, all for the price of your ticket. Enjoy a relaxing ride with majestic views, delicious food, and a special gift from St. Nick himself.

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  • 4 star rating Dining on the rails We had a club car experience and it was wonderful! Our seats were on the south side of the train and it had an incredible view for the duration of... read more - EliLap24 - 6/25/2020 

    5 star rating Great time. Very fun! Inside car gets a little chilly so bring a light sweater. Friendly staff made us feel so comfortable. Train ride awesome and view was great!! Female conductor was... read more - debdanjo3 - 6/23/2020 

    5 star rating Great Experience This a must do in Colorado springs. We went to the Royal Gorge bridge prior to riding the train and it really made a difference. The river is spectacular... read more - RobertD4137 - 6/22/2020 

  • 5 star rating Fun day trip This was my first time on a passenger train and it didn’t disappoint. We sat in the Vista Dome and the views were amazing. It was nice to... read more - herowannabe - 6/20/2020 

    5 star rating Moments Make Memories Enjoying nachos and Prosecco, delivered by Acacia. She’s funny, efficient, quick, and a wealth of knowledge - Nicole G. - 6/17/2020 

    4 star rating Great views and service, food just ok Took the dome car with our family of five, all sat together, it was very comfortable, but if it’s a nice day I would’ve gone coach and spent the ride... read more - RTMamacita - 6/14/2020 


Adventure awaits

Hop aboard the Santa Express Train and experience a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure through the Royal Gorge and Colorado Rockies. Departing daily from the Santa Fe Depot in Canon City from November 19 to December 26.

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