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York County Holiday Train Excursions

Don't miss these 2022 Holiday Train Excursions!

By Sarah Frane Macaroni Kid York November 4, 2022

The holiday season is almost upon us and with it comes the opportunity to make some very magical memories with your family. How can you make these magical and unforgettable memories? By climbing aboard a holiday train excursion!  All three of our historic York county railroads are ready to deck the halls of the railroad cars and spread a little Christmas cheer during the 2022 Holidays Season! Check out the details for each below and be sure to purchase your tickets today as these Holiday excursions sell out fast! 




Ma & Pa Railroad Christmas City Express


The Christmas City Express program is centered around the dramatic reading of a story of a young girl traveling to Muddy Creek Forks a hundred years ago to visit her grandparents for Christmas. The event starts as guests gather in the festively decorated general store (starting 20 minutes before story time) to pick up tickets and enjoy the traditional holiday fun. Visitors can listen to carols, create holiday decorations and crafts, search for the pickle ornament, and spend time with friends and family.
When all have gathered, groups are escorted to the mill for the story, a visit from someone special, and a keepsake ornament. Next folks line up on the station platform as the train pulls into town for a beautiful day or nighttime ride on the motorcar train. When the train returns, Santa will be there so you can take those cherished photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies to warm everyone up.

Dates:

Saturday, - December 3rd

Sunday, - December 4th

Saturday, - December 10th

Sunday, - December 11th

Saturday, - December 17th

Sunday, - December 18th

The event is rain or shine, unless ice makes travel by rail unsafe. Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.

Tickets: $18 adult, $15 child, under 3 ride free (on lap). 

All tickets include family activities and crafts, a performance of the Christmas City Express, a train ride on the Ma & Pa Railroad, and cookies and hot chocolate.

Because limited tickets are available, advanced ticket purchase is required.

Buy tickets online or call (717) 927-9565. 






Northern Central Railway



Elf on the Engine

It’s one month until Christmas, and Santa’s elves are already working hard to prepare for the big day. They visit the Northern Central Railway to enlist some helpers and collect letters for Santa, but everything goes wrong when Finnegan Frost, the mischievous elf, shows up to cause trouble. He interrupts the good elves’ merry holiday sing-along at the platform, using his sing-a-wrong machine to ruin the Christmas cheer.

Usually, they use their good-elf-o-matic to keep his behavior in check, but now Finnegan has scattered pieces of the machine throughout the coaches. Guests must search for and conceal the machine pieces on board. If Finnegan catches someone with a piece in hand, they must give it back to him.
At the end of the ride, guests will bring all found pieces to the platform to hopefully repair the good-elf-o-matic and save Christmas.

Ticket Price:
$39 Adult (age 13+)
$26 Child (age 2-12)


Dates and Times: 

November 25th 4:00 PM & 6:00 PM

November 26th 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM & 6:30 PM

November 27th 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM & 6:30 PM

Purchase your tickets here 


Santa Express

Get into the holiday spirit with our popular Santa Express Trains! Our train is decked out for the festive season, bringing holiday cheer, no matter your age. Climb aboard for a ride to to Glen Rock and back, where each child can visit Santa, have their picture taken, and receive a special gift. Then, return to the station for Winter Wonderland fun, including hot chocolate and a cookie, and music by strolling fiddler, Keith Engle!

Tickets:
$39 Adult (age 13+)
$26 Child (age 2-12)


Dates and Times: 

Every Saturday and Sunday, December 3-18  10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM, and 5:30 PM

Purchase your tickets here






Stewartstown Railroad


The Grinch Express! -SOLD OUT    

We invite you to take a ride with everyone’s favorite grumpy holiday character! We received special permission from Dr. Seuss Enterprises to offer a reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Our 1920 Passenger coach will be decorated for the season. Every family will have time to visit with our special Holiday Grump (Can you guess who it is?) Use your own camera and take your own photos at no extra charge. Every child will receive a treat from The Holiday Grump. This ride might be best for older children. Because Santa Claus and The Holiday Grump don’t get along, Santa decided to take this day off.

Children under 2 are free but require a ticket. You will be asked how many lap infant tickets are needed during the purchase process. This train ride is about 50-60 minutes long. Times listed are departure times, please arrive 30 minutes early to pick up your ticket.

 

Dates- SOLD OUT!!!

Times- 11:00AM, 1:15pm, 2:45pm

Prices-

Adults- (ages 10 – 64) – $15

Senior- (65 and up)- $14

Children- (2-12)- $13 (Lap babies are free, need infant button)

Blue Caboose Cupola- (Must climb up a steep set of steps, these seats are in the top part of the Caboose) -$15


Santa Claus Express

Come and ride the train with Santa on our decorated 1920 Passenger coach! Every family will have time to visit with Santa. Bring your own camera and take your own photos at no extra charge.

Dates

November 26 & 27

December 4, 17, 18

Times - See website for updated time info

Prices for all Santa Claus Express Trains-

Adults (ages 10 – 64) – $15

Senior (65 and up)- $14

Children (2-12)- $13 

Lap babies are free

Blue Caboose Cupola (Must climb up a steep set of steps, these seats are in the top part of the Caboose) -$15

Locomotive Cab- $30 

Purchase your tickets here


Ice Princess Express!

Bring your own camera to take photos with your favorite Ice Princess at no extra charge. Feel free to dress up as your favorite Princess. Please arrive at the station 30 minutes early to pick up your tickets. Lap babies sitting on an adult’s lap ride free. This train ride is about 50-60 minutes long. Times listed are departure times, please arrive 30 minutes early to pick up your ticket.

Dates - December 10 & 11

Train times- 10:30AM, 1:00pm, 2:45pm

Price- $22 all seats (Lap babies sitting on an adult’s lap are free)

Purchase your tickets here

 

An Evening with Santa Claus!

We invite you to take an evening train ride with the big guy himself, Santa Claus!  Our 1920 Passenger coach will be decorated for the season. Every family will have time to visit with Santa. Use your own camera and take your own photos at no extra charge. Our Special Evening with Santa Claus will include a reading of “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. Every child will receive a treat from Santa.

Children under 2 are free but require a ticket. You will be asked how many lap infant tickets are needed during the purchase process. 

This train ride is about 50-60 minutes long. The times listed are departure times, please arrive 30 minutes early to pick up your ticket.

Dates- December 3, 17

Times- 6:00 pm

Prices-

Adults- (ages 10 – 64) – $15

Senior- (65 and up)- $14

Children- (2-12)- $13 (Lap babies are free)

Blue Caboose Cupola- (Must climb up a steep set of steps, these seats are in the top part of the Caboose) -$15

Purchase your tickets here