The holidays are finally here in Western New York, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than by hopping on a nostalgic holiday-themed train to the North Pole!

Yep, believe it or not, Santa’s workshop and his elves are only a short train ride away from the Buffalo area, and the easiest (and most fun) way to get there is via one of our area’s trusty railroads. 

Not only does chugging along on a cheery Christmas train feel like you’re living in your own Hallmark holiday movie, but it somehow makes our snow-covered hometown feel a little less drab and a lot more merry and bright.

During the holidays, four local trains will come to life with cars that are filled with holiday decorations, cozy cocoa, views of twinkling lights, and some of our favorite Christmas characters (including Santa!). 

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If you and your family are looking to embrace the Christmas spirit by train this year, climb aboard one of these four magical holiday rides departing from Western New York. 

Western New York's Best Holiday Train Rides

Santa Express - Hamburg, New York

Santa Express Hamburg NY

December 2nd, 3rd, 9th,10th,16th,17th

Ride along with Santa and his Elves on a gorgeous 1950s era diesel train along the Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway. Santa will also have special treats for the kids riding along - as long as they were good this year, of course!

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Santa Express - Gowanda, New York

December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th

Santa will be riding along on this festive Christmas train, with fun activities and gifts in tow! 
Learn more and purchase tickets here.

The Polar Express - Medina, New York

December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th

Grab your golden ticket and put on some cozy PJs for this trip to the North Pole that leaves right from the Medina Railroad Museum! Passengers are treated to hot cocoa and cookies while living like they’re a character in the classic holiday film. At the end of your one-hour journey, Santa will be there to greet you with a special gift. 

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Santa’s Wonderland Express - Arcade, New York

December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd

After departing from Arcade Station on a vintage train, children will be handed a wish list from Santa’s elf to complete before they make their stop at the North Pole, where the big man himself will be waiting in his house. Families can also visit the Elf House and Pavilion for some cozy cookies and cocoa as a festive treat. 

Learn more and purchase tickets here

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Gallery Credit: Kadie Daye via Public Facebook Thread

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