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Train Trips and Sleigh Rides for Seattle-Area Families

Super-special winter fun for Northwest kids and families

Kate Missine
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Published on: November 01, 2021

Train Trips and Sleigh Rides for Seattle-Area Families

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Yuletide Express train ride with Northwest Railway Museum

Yuletide Express and Santa Limited train rides, Snoqualmie

Downtown Snoqualmie’s historic depot and Northwest Railway Museum are favorites for train-loving families, with the museum’s holiday ride a much-awaited annual tradition. This year, the museum is offering two different options to join Santa and his elves. The Yuletide Express excursion aboard the train’s antique coaches — resplendent in seasonal decorations — whisks passengers away on a 25-minute round trip to picturesque Snoqualmie Falls, with a stop at the crest for a view before returning to the depot.

A small gift from Santa for each kiddo is included with the ticket price, along with a cookie for each ticketholder. The fare also includes admission to the museum’s Train Shed Exhibit Hall. Tickets must be purchased online ahead of time for everyone ages 2 and older, and the train runs rain or shine (or snow!).

When: Saturday–Sunday, Nov. 27–Dec. 19

Find it: Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie, WA

Cost: $25 for guests ages 2 and older; kids younger than 2 ride free. Book online.

The two-hour Santa Limited excursion departs from the North Depot in North Bend, transporting passengers to the Railway History Campus, where Santa greets each child with a small gift. Kids can explore the festively decorated Train Shed Exhibit Hall and participate in a seasonal craft activity.

When: Dec. 11–12, 18–19

Find it: North Bend Depot, 205 E. McClellan St., North Bend, WA

Cost: $35 for guests ages 2 and older; kids younger than 2 ride free. Book online.

COVID-19 protocols: Snug-fitting face masks (no bandannas) that cover mouth and nose must be worn for the duration of the visit for all guests ages 5 and older; all visitors ages 12 and older must show proof of vaccination in order to participate.

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