Holiday Trains in Kansas City
Create family memories this holiday season as you enjoy these magical Holiday Train experiences in Kansas City. From model trains, to rides with Santa, and villages made of gingerbread, you and your little engineers will find all kinds of fun, train-related activities throughout Kansas City.
Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train
One of Kansas City s favorite holiday traditions, the Holiday Express Train brings Santa to Union Station just before Christmas. Guests can visit with Santa and tour the train for free. This magical holiday train will roll into Union Station for a five-day visit this year from Dec. 18-22. Led by KCS Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car Rudy ; a flatcar carrying Santa s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. As an exclusive membership benefit, USKC members will receive an email the week before the Holiday Express Train arrives, giving them the opportunity to schedule a time to visit Santa and the train on the same day. The train attracts a big crowd and USKC members can avoid the line by booking their own time in advance.
Mini Holiday Express Holiday Spirit Train
Take a ride on our miniature train! Often referred to as the Jones Store Train and beloved by generations at Christmas, it was once a popular attraction at the Jones Store downtown. Riders must be under 48" tall (approximately 5-6 years of age and under). Members FREE; Non-members $5
Holiday Model Train Display
With 800 feet of track, the Holiday Model Train Exhibit has grown even larger this year! The display features eighteen consecutive running trains and a 15-foot, 3-D, lighted Kansas City Southern Rudy train engine!
Polar Express Pajama Party
Union Station invites families to watch a special showing of the holiday classic Polar Express in their pj s while sipping a cup of hot chocolate and nibbling on cookies. The Polar Express PJ Party begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 21 in the City Stage Theatre. The event is free to members and $5 for non-members. Seating capacity is limited so you must get a ticket in advance.
Three locomotives travel through a Santa’s gingerbread village in the North Pole, all created by the chefs at The Westin Kansas City and Sheraton Kansas City hotels. See the reindeer stable, Santa’s sleigh garage, the elves’ dorm, a doll, rocking horse, and ball factory, and even Mr. & Mrs. Claus’ home. FREE admission. Open during Crown Center Shops holiday hours. Closed Christmas Day.
Your little engineer will have a blast as their burgers and fries arrive via miniature train. You can enjoy this fun railway delivery at three locations, Crown Center, Shawnee and in Kansas City, KS.
Take a Ride on the Rails
Santa Claus Express
Take a ride on the rails with the big guy himself, in his special holiday train. On Dec. 7,8 14 & 15 the Midland Railway in Baldwin City, KS will be making four trips each day with everyone’s favorite jolly old fellow. Enjoy free hot cocoa and cookie aboard the train, and get your picture taken with Santa. Children (1-11) /$10, Adults (12 and up)/$16.
On Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 take a 45 minute train ride with Santa on the Belton, Grandview, & Kansas City Railroad. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and after the train ride each kid can have their moment with Santa to share their holiday wish list. Reservations required. $14 per passenger. No ticket sales on day of train ride.