All aboard the Santa Express! You’ll want to grab a spot by the window with a cup of hot chocolate for this festive train ride that only leaves the station for a few weeks every year. Get ready to be whisked away to the North Pole in a railway car filled with holiday cheer.

In addition to the snowy views and merry decor, the heritage train will have on-board entertainment throughout the journey, including Old Saint Nick himself of course. The train is kept toasty warm, so all you’ll need is a festive sweater.

The Santa Express train ride is an annual tradition at the York-Durham Heritage Railway, and it’s popular among people of all ages. The holiday train will run on select dates between November 21st and December 18th this year.

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Tickets to the train ride sell out quickly, but right now, there are still plenty of open spots available. You can choose from a variety of seating options depending on the size of your group, including bench seats with tables or cafe-style seating.

Also this month, the railway is hosting an exciting wizard’s festival with a Hallows Express train journey, where you’ll be tasked with a Potter-worthy mission you’ll need to complete before the journey is over.

The Santa Express is one of many festive events you can experience from your window in the Toronto area this month. There are so many drive-thru holiday light shows to check out in and around the GTA with breathtaking views you can soak up from the coziness of your car.

No time of year is quite as magical as the holiday season, and Toronto is celebrating it in a big way this year. With all the activities to keep us busy, it’ll be the night before Christmas before we know it!


Where: 19 Railway St
When: Select dates, November 21st — December 18th