2020 has been a year of changes and our Santa Express train operations are no different. Our volunteers and staff have worked hard to develop an operating plan designed to keep everyone safe in these difficult times. In doing so, you may notice some slight changes. The biggest of these changes are substituting Yoo-Hoo drink boxes for hot chocolate (to reduce contact), and limiting Santa’s interaction on the train. We know Santa is the star of the show, and still plan to have him be able to pose for photos with the children if asked. The change will be that he will stand in the aisle or the empty seat behind yours to maintain space. We have kept social distancing in mind, and as a result our train capacities will be much lower, with only around 80 people on a train compared to the 420 that we typically seat. With the lower capacity, it will be impossible for us to change seat assignments at the last minute. If you wish to be seated with another party, please let us know by phone or email when you make the purchase.
We ask that you please help us in our quest to keep everyone healthy. If you or a member of your group is feeling ill, stay home. Call us as soon as possible before your departure time so we can work with you for alternate plans. When you are here, masks are required at all times.
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and we are no exception. For our non-profit organization, the thought of only having 2,600 Santa Express train riders when we would normally have over 12,000 is extremely concerning. While the numbers are low, we are committed to making the best of the situation at hand.
Our volunteers and staff are proud to be able to provide a little normalcy to families during this special time of year. We look forward to a great ride and thank you for your support as we strive to keep railroad history alive.
Our Santa Express trains operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 27 through December 20. Coach Class tickets are $20 per person, First Class Coach tickets are $45 per person. Tickets for our Santa Express trains may be purchased by calling 1-800-626-0319 (Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM), or by clicking “Buy Tickets” at the top of our webpage, www.bsvrr.com.