Fun Christmas & Santa Trains in Kansas City (Holiday Trains)

We all know the holidays are a magical time, but what’s even more magical is climbing aboard one of the Christmas train rides in Kansas City.

Put on your pajamas and get ready for some hot cocoa!

We’ve compiled a list of the holiday trains in Kansas City, and we can’t wait for you to find the one perfect for your family.

Christmas & Holiday Trains In KC 2019

Christmas Train Rides in Kansas City

These Santa train rides are magical memories that your children and family will always remember.

After an extensive search for local holiday trains, our team has chosen the best in Kansas City! Don’t forget: tickets to these train rides fill up fast & also make the perfect gift.

Please use the clickable links for more information about tickets, dates and times.

If you are looking to hang out with Santa even more, explore places to take pictures with Santa in KC, Christmas events around town or dive into the 2021 Ultimate Guide to Christmas in Kansas City.

The Polar Express Train Ride in Branson, MO

You won’t want to miss this ride to the North Pole to see Santa Claus! From now through December 23rd, you and your family can take a Santa train ride through the Ozark Mountains for an extra special experience.

All passengers receive hot chocolate and cookies, and Premium passengers also get a souvenir ceramic mug!

Mini Holiday Ride On Train at Union Station

This tiny holiday train is perfect for little ones to ride this season! It is ONLY accessible with the holiday lights walk through village admission and children must be under 48 inches tall to ride.

Mini Holiday Express Train at Union Station

Kiddos under 48” tall can take a ride on Union Station’s miniature holiday train!

Once a popular attraction at the Jones Store downtown, it now resides in the stations main entrance for the holiday season.  Enjoy holiday scenery and music as you ride through the North Pole!

Santa’s Express Country Christmas at The National Agricultural Hall of Fame

** Dates unverified for 2021.

Check out this local 5K run that features fun, family oriented activities. Get your picture taken with Santa in the while you enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and hay wagon rides.

A children’s choir performs at this event, too!  Ride the train around Farm Town and explore a winter wonderland of Christmas trees.


Santa’s Gingerbread Station at Crown Center

** Santa Pictures are available, but NOT interactive exhibits like the train.

This is a unique Christmas train ride. Kids and families can enjoy this interactive exhibit, meet and have their photo taken with Santa Claus and climb aboard the Crown Center Express Train Engine.

Take a ride through Gingerbread Village, all with no admission fee! Photos with Santa are available for a fee, or you may take your own. You can also explore more places to take pictures with Santa!

Santa’s Gingerbread station will run from November 26th to December 24th.

The Polar Express Train Ride in Baldwin City, KS (CANCELLED FOR 2021)

Hosted by Midland Railway, this Christmas train schedule runs from November 16th through December 30th.

Each ticket includes incredible entertainment, hot cocoa, a cookie, and a keepsake sleigh bell to bring home. Wear your pajamas and hop on board!

Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train at Union Station (CANCELLED FOR 2021)

Experience one of Kansas City’s favorite, FREE holiday train traditions!  Santa & his elves will host the 19th annual run for this train ride and will be back at Union Station from December 18th to December 22nd.

Hop aboard Rudy, the smiling tank car for a fun holiday activity! You can tour the train, as well as visit Santa. While the attraction cannot accommodate strollers or wheelchairs inside, there is parking located right outside for them! You can also ask an elf for help if you’d like.

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

Take a nice road trip out to Abilene KS for the Santa Train at the Abilene & SMoky Valley Railroad. This train ride is Saturday December 4th and it departs at 1:00pm.This train ride is approximately 1hour.

Contact Abilene Parks and Rec for tickets and reservations 785-263-7266.

St. Louis Polar Express Train Ride

The Polar Express is returning to St. Louis. There are different train car tiers to choose from. Each passenger will receive delicious hot cocoa and a cookie and hear the classic story. After you reach the North Pole, Santa will get on board to visit all the boys and girls to give them a magical gift. Select cars will also receive a Polar Express mug.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad Santa Train

Typically ran the the last two Saturdays before December 1st, the BGKC Railroad hosts a family friendly Santa Train.

Details for the 2021 season are TBA at this time.

During the Holiday Reflections at Union Station you can visit the Holiday Walk through Village to view the model train gallery.

Tickets are only $5 and FREE for Union Station members.

We hope you found the perfect Santa train in Kansas City!

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