Holiday train rides return to Oregon railroads for 2021 season

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Holiday trains are back on track around the Pacific Northwest, with family-friendly excursions departing on scenic, historic railroads across the region.

In Oregon, that includes trips around Mount Hood, the Pacific coast and the Willamette Valley, as well as along historic railroads in eastern Oregon and southwest Washington.

Holiday train rides are typically geared toward families with small children, offering music, storybooks and visits from Santa, along with customary hot chocolate and cookies.

Most holiday train rides were canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but almost all have returned for 2021 with new precautions in place. Holiday train ride operators are abiding by Oregon public health mandates around the COVID-19 pandemic, which currently require passengers to wear face masks except while eating or drinking.

Passengers can find more information on individual holiday train rides at railroad websites.

HOLIDAY EXPRESS

Run by the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, the Holiday Express train is decked out with lights and stationed at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland. The 45-minute ride along the Willamette River includes hot chocolate, coffee, tea and cider, as well as cookies. Santa will also be aboard each train for photo ops.

Nov. 26-Dec. 19; $25 for adults, $20 for kids or $80 for a family of four; buy tickets online at orhf.org or call 503-233-1156.

MT. HOOD CHRISTMAS TRAIN

The Mt. Hood Railroad will be running the Mt. Hood Christmas Train, a festive experience that promises music and fun, wrapping up passengers in the Christmas spirit. The 90-minute train ride departs from the Mt. Hood Railroad depot in Hood River.

Nov. 20-Dec. 26; $50-$60 for adults, $40-$50 for kids; buy tickets online at mthoodrr.com or call 541-399-8939.

CANDY CANE EXPRESS

You can soak up the views of the stunning Oregon coastline aboard the Candy Cane Express, run by the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. The one-hour train ride runs from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach and back, and includes hot chocolate and cookies. The train is decorated with lights for evening rides.

Nov. 27-Dec. 19; $25 for adults and $20 for kids; buy tickets online at oregoncoastscenic.org or call 503-842-7972.

Santa waves to passengers aboard the Mt. Hood Christmas Train, run by the Mt. Hood Railroad.Courtesy of Premier Rail Collection

SUMPTER VALLEY CHRISTMAS TRAINS

For two days in December, the Sumpter Valley Railroad in eastern Oregon will run its Christmas Trains. The roundtrip excursions allow visitors to visit Santa at the Sumpter Station and go shopping at the Sumpter Christmas Bazaar. Free cocoa, coffee and tea are provided.

Dec. 10-11; $18.50-$25 for adults and $10-$15 for kids. Buy tickets online at sumptervalleyrailroad.org or call 541-894-2268.

POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN

Based on the popular kids’ book by the same name, the Polar Express Train is run by the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad in southwest Washington. The popular story is read aloud on the 45-minute train ride, which also includes cookies, cocoa and a visit from Santa.

Nov. 13-Dec. 19; $39; buy tickets online at steamtrainride.com or call 360-748-9593.

SANTA HOLIDAY TRAIN RIDE

A second holiday-themed train ride on the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad, the Santa Holiday Train Ride lasts 30 minutes and includes a visit from Santa himself. It’s a shorter and less expensive option compared with the Polar Express train that the railroad operates at the same time.

Nov. 27-Dec. 19; $16; buy tickets online at steamtrainride.com or call 360-748-9593.

SANTA TRAIN

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad in north Clark County will hosts its Santa Train rides for Christmas, running along the Lewis River from the station in Yacolt, Washington. A gift is given to each child on the ride.

Nov. 27-Dec. 19; $18 for adults and $12 for kids; Christmas tree packages with four tickets range from $85 to $105. Buy tickets online at tickets.bycx.org.

–Jamie Hale; jhale@oregonian.com; 503-294-4077; @HaleJamesB


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