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There are lots of ways to get into the Christmas spirit in Georgia, even if snow isn’t falling from the sky. One of our favorite festive events is the Santa Express, which is a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway train ride!


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This railway station is tucked into the Chattahoochee National Forest and in . During the year, the railroad company offers four-hour, 26-mile trips in vintage rail cars along the Toccoa River. But these train rides get extra special during the Christmas season.


This is because Santa makes an appearance on the train, and the train theme is ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Kids of all ages can enjoy a ride with the big guy in the red suit on this train trip trip that’s tons of fun.

While on the train, you and your family will hear Christmas carols, like ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, and be invited to sing along. Not only will Santa be on board, but other Christmas characters as well. Kids will receive a special Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas activity book, a memento, and a candy cane. Why just take your child to the mall to visit Santa when you could ride on a fun train together as a family?


The total train ride with Santa and his festive friends takes about an hour. While the railway operates open-air rail cars at other times of the year, the Santa Express only operates in enclosed climate control cars. This way you’ll be warm and toasty regardless of the weather!

The cost of an adult train ride (over age 13) ticket is $47, and children’s tickets (ages 2-12) are $31. Young children who can sit on lap and who are under two are free but still require a ticket. Pets are not allowed on board the train except for service animals.


While your specific train car is assigned to you, your seat is not. So, choose whatever seat you like in your assigned car.

This year, the Santa Express runs from Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, December 23rd, 2018. You can select a 10am, noon, 2pm, or 4pm departure time for these fun one-hour rides.


Purchase your tickets online from the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’s website to treat your family to something special this year. It’s bound to be a festive time for everyone on board!

Santa Express Information: 

  • Address: 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
  • Phone Number: 877-413-8724
  • Website
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