Holiday train
Whippany Polar Express Train Ride

Choo choo! The holidays are coming, which means tickets to these popular holiday train rides are already selling fast.

The North Pole Express
80 Stangl Rd., Flemington.
Nov. 23–Dec. 28 on weekends
Times vary
$34/kids, $32/adults
908-782-6622 
Kids get to ride all the way to the “North Pole.” Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves will visit each and every passenger on the train (that means no long lines to visit St. Nick!). Enjoy hot cocoa, a cookie and a photo booth before you head home. Be sure to visit the gift shop, museum and Santa’s sleigh after the ride.

The Christmas Express with Santa Claus
New Jersey Museum of Transportation, 4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall Twp.
Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22; Sat.-Sun.
11 am-4 pm (departs every half hour)
Nighttime rides are also offered on December 7, 14, and 21 from 6-8:30 pm
$6 
732-938-5524
This annual trip through Allaire State Park to meet Saint Nick has been running over 35 years at the New Jersey Museum of Transportation. Santa sits down with every kid onboard. Have a blast on the nighttime ride, or check out the day rides for young ones with early bedtimes, too.

Whippany Polar Express Train Ride
1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany 
Nov. 16-Dec. 30 on select dates
Times vary
$41-75/kids, $46-80/adults
973-419-6255
This ride was new last year and a huge hit. Kids will receive their iconic silver sleigh bells in addition to hot chocolate and a cookie. Your crew will meet Santa while reading along with the famous children’s book, The Polar Express. The ride is one hour long. Splurge on First Class seating in a stunning restored 1940s coach boasting extra leg room and huge windows.

Santa’s Trolley Ride
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May
Nov. 23-Dec. 21, Sat.-Sun.
Times vary
$8/kids, $10/adults
609-884-5404 
Head to Physick Estate to meet Mrs. Claus and her man. Kick back with the gang and listen to seasonal stories and songs while getting a serene tour of Cape May. Santa has sweets for your little ones waiting for them in the Carriage House, too.

Strasburg Railroad Christmas Trains
Strasburg Railroad Museum, Ronks, PA
Nov. 23–Dec. 23 on select days 
Times and prices vary
866-725-9666
It’s worth the drive to Amish country to take one of these three train adventures. There’s the “Night Before Christmas Train” (story time with milk and cookies), “Christmas Tree Ride” (where you pick up your own tree to take home) and “Santa Paradise Express” (where you’ll see good ol’ Saint Nick himself).

Which holiday train is your kids’ favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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