Santa Express Train

Santa Express Train

(Royal Gorge Railroad)

We’ve all seen the movie and read the book! Now experience the train that takes you to meet Santa Claus himself at the magical North Pole. The Santa Express Train is a winter wonderland, where children of all ages are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends on a journey you’ll treasure year after year.

While waiting to board the train you can get your holiday shopping completed in our retail store, complete with unique gifts for the holiday season. As the Santa Express train travels to the North Pole, sing along to a mix of new and old Christmas music playing, while enjoying delicious, locally sourced entrees available on every Santa Express class of service. On the way to the North Pole, we’ll keep your family entertained, while you nibble on cookies and sip hot cocoa.

When the Santa Express Train reaches the North Pole, Santa and his special Elves board the train to pass out a special holiday bell to each ticketed child as he makes his way through the train.

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.


Ride to the North Pole with Santa and Mrs.Claus on this special 9:15 am Breakfast with Santa departure.This train ride includes breakfast, hot chocolate, and a leisurely visit with Santa all for the price of your ticket. Enjoy a nice relaxing ride with majestic views, delicious food, and a special gift from St. Nick himself. Check out the link above for dates and more information about this event.


Enjoy Delicious Entrees From Our Grill Menu!
Guests may pre-purchase the 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  while child meal packages include a child entrée and a 16oz beverage. You also have the ability to order on the train à la carte  from our Santa Express Menu.

Special Photo Opportunity:

Make sure your family Holiday memories last well beyond your trip by taking home a beautiful custom Santa Express Premium Photo Folio. These folios include a magical Santa Express Golden Ticket for children to have punched by the Conductor during your journey. Our professional photographers will put your family in the middle of the Holiday action with our custom photo backgrounds. These folios can be pre-purchased at special advanced pricing of $30 for the premium folio or flash drive. There is also an opportunity to purchase the photo or flash drive the day of your trip for the regular price of $35.

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.

Ornament Opportunity: Pre-purchase the Santa Express Custom Ornament  for $6.40. The gift voucher will be with your train tickets and can be redeemed in the Gift Shop.

Dates of Service

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

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