Santa waves at a Chehalis-Centralia Railroad train. Credit: Jim Hill Photography
Holiday train rides with Chehalis-Centralia Railroad
The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad operates one of only a few remaining steam-powered locomotives in Washington, and offers year-round rides on its historic retro-style train. Families can choose from one of two special holiday experiences in 2021. The Santa Holiday Train is a 30-minute trip suitable for the youngest passengers, with Santa visiting with everyone during the ride, and plenty of photo-op time before and after. No food is served on board, but snacks and beverages are available for sale at the depot.
For older kiddos ready for a longer experience, climb aboard The Polar Express. Listen to the reading of the famous book and sing some carols as you trek along to the “North Pole,” where Santa will join in for the return trip and distribute presents for all! Cocoa and cookies are served, and jammies for the littles are not just okay, but encouraged (though do make sure to bundle up as the railcars have limited heating). For an extra-special time, premier seating is available in the historic 1920s business car and includes exclusive seating for your group, collector cocoa mugs and gift bags.
When: Santa Holiday Train rides are scheduled to run Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 27–Dec. 19; The Polar Express train rides are scheduled to run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 13–Dec. 19.
Find it: Steam Train Depot, 1101 S.W. Sylvenus St., Chehalis, WA
Cost: Regular coach rides on the Santa Train are $16 per person; general reserved seating for The Polar Express train ride is $39 per person. (Premier seating options for both excursions are available to book for small groups.) Ages 2 and younger ride free on an adult lap. Book online.