Santa's Scenic Railway

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus and he invites riders of all ages to join him on a magical holiday journey, full of wonder and merriment.

This year we’re delighted to share that Santa Claus is taking over the Virginia Scenic Railway, offering festive holiday rides beginning on Saturday, November 25th, and going through Friday, December 22nd. Santa’s Scenic Railway will run every day of the week except Monday.

These memorable holiday excursions are sure to delight children of all ages. The run time is expected to last about 50 minutes, which Santa thinks is just the right amount of time for younger railfans to bask in the wonder of it all.

During the ride, all passengers will be treated to a cozy hot beverage, a sweet treat, and best of all — a special appearance from the big man himself.

Children and families will have an opportunity to sit and visit with St. Nick during the train ride. Parents are welcome to capture the excitement of the moment using their own cameras and/or mobile phones.

Festive attire is welcome, although please remember that it can get cold on the platform while waiting for the train, so please dress warmly.

The ticket price is $65 per person. Children under the age of two years old (24 months) may ride for free as long as the infant is on the lap of a ticketed adult.

Rides will depart from the Amtrak station in historic downtown Staunton. Please allow plenty of time to find parking.


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Aboard the Virginia Scenic Railway, you’ll get a front-row seat to some of Virginia’s prettiest views, including the legendary Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Depending on the excursion you choose, you’ll roar through tunnels, speed over bridges, race past scenic fields and forests, and climb over mountains.