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.
Know of one we should add? EMAIL us the details and we will update our guide!
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 $3.50 Christmas Movies at Union Station which has already been updated for 2022.
The Polar Express Train Ride in St. Louis, MO
You won’t want to miss this ride to the North Pole to see Santa Claus! From November 18 through December 30th, you and your family can take a real train ride rolling to the North Pole. Santa and his elves are ready for the full steam ahead Polar Express an extra special experience.
Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and all the kiddos are encouraged to wear their most comfy holiday pajamas for the excursion.
When the train gets on its way out of Union Station, you will all enjoy a reading of the classic book, then receive some fresh hot chocolate and a yummy cookie.
Soon you will arrive at the North Pole where Santa Claus boards your train and visits every good little boy and girl to give them the magical gift of Christmas. Premium passengers also get a souvenir ceramic mug!
They even have a pancake breakfast with Santa available too!
Mini Holiday Express Train at Union Station
For $5 ticket, (Free for Union Station members), kiddos under 48” tall can take a ride on Union Station’s Mini Holiday Train Express through Rudy’s Wonderland!
Once a popular attraction at the Jones Store downtown, it now resides in the station’s main entrance for the holiday season.
Enjoy holiday scenery and music as you ride through the North Pole (which is really inside Union Station in the heart of Kansas City!).
All guests must have a ticket to “Holiday Reflections” in order to ride on the mini-train.
Get your tickets here.
Santa’s Express Country Christmas at The National Agricultural Hall of Fame
NO NEWS on this one yet for 2022
Check out this local 5K run that features fun, family-oriented activities. Get your picture taken with Santa 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.
The Snowglobe Express is NEW in Baldwin City, KS
The Snowglobe Express bills itself as “The Merriest Train on the Planet”. Beginning November 11th and running through December 23rd, they are bringing the magic of Christmas to Baldwin City.
With a lifesize Christmas village, Ugly Sweater Run, and more. Check out more details in our Christmas City Guide.
Each child will hand deliver a letter to Santa’s elves and have the opportunity to visit his reindeer ranch. Wear your pajamas and hop on board the Snowglobe Express for holiday fun.
Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train at Union Station
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 14th to December 18th.
KC Southern’s smiling tank car will arrive again his year for a fun holiday activity! Some of the days for 2022 only allow outdoor viewing. Sat, Dec 17th has some limited walk-through tours available, but you do need to make reservations.
Visit the complete schedule here so you know what’s happening on which days. 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.
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 3rd this year and it departs at 1:00 pm, with more times added as needed based on reservations. This train ride is approximately 1hour.
Contact Abilene Parks and Rec for tickets and reservations at 785-263-7266.
November 18th 6:30pm
Enjoy the Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Downtown Lee’s Summit. The festivities begin at 6:30. Enjoy shopping and a holiday light display. Take photos with Mr, and Mrs. Clause 7-8:00pm.
NOTHING listed yet for 2022
Typically it ran the last two Saturdays before December 1st, the BGKC Railroad hosts a family-friendly Santa Train. We will update if we learn more.
During the Holiday Reflections at Union Station, you can visit the Holiday Walkthrough 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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