For the 2016 holiday season the Holiday Train Ride experience at St. Louis Union Station will be rebranded with a new, exciting theme: Santa’s Express Train Ride featuring ‘TWAS. The added new elements and twist will certainly make it the talk of the holiday season. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends on a journey you’ll treasure together, year after year. Trains will run November 18-20, 23, 25-27, 30; December 1-4, 6-11, 14-24, 26-30. The train times are 4:45pm / 6:15pm / 7:30pm / 8:30pm. Limited ADA accessibility is available on the Donner car.

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Standard Train Ticket Includes: Santa Express train ticket and access to North Pole Village, hot chocolate and a Christmas cookie.  Meet and greet with Santa Claus including photo opportunity. (Picture packages available for purchase).

First Class Ticket Includes: First class tickets include all features of the standard tickets, PLUS: Priority boarding.  VIP Elves Club membership and admission to VIP area where you can meet one of the Master Elves.  Hot chocolate is served in a souvenir mug and adults have the option of alcoholic or non-alcoholic, coffee or hot chocolate drink in a souvenir mug.

Premium Class Ticket Includes: Premium ticket includes all features of the Standard and First Class ticket features, PLUS: Seating in a Observation Car “larger windows” and a special gift for every child from one of our Master Elves.

Receive a free gingerbread house with every ticket order for the following dates: November 30 December 1,6,7,8,14. (1 per family)

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The journey will center around the classic children’s story, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Children can listen to the story, sing songs and interact with the Conductor and Elves on the route to see Santa’s House and Toy Factory.  Surround-sound speakers on all train cars will use production enhancements to recreate the sounds of Santa’s reindeer landing on the roof, steam train sounds and Santa’s sleigh “buzzing” the train along the way.  The Conductor interacts with all families as he moves through each car checking tickets. Elves will lead sing-a-long songs to add to the festive and fun atmosphere!

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The train comes to stop for guests to see Santa’s House and Toy Factory.  You will hear Santa welcome them to his house and tell them he will see them back at North Pole Village.  Synchronized lights at Santa’s House dance in time with the music providing a mesmerizing, light show experience before the train heads back to the station. The Elves will ride the Santa Express, joining in the fun, singing joyful holiday songs on the way back to the North Pole at Union Station.

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