Southern Colorado is known for its unique trains, and during the holiday season there are multiple ways the trains are part of the celebration. The Santa Trains in Colorado Springs is one of the many options.
The Santa Trains are available until Christmas Eve and take passengers up the Cog railway Minnehaha and tell them the story of Santa on Pikes Peak. It is a 45-minute round trip which includes some of Santa’s elves and children will receive snacks from Santa. When the train returns to the depot, Santa is there to greet everyone. The trip and the depot are decorated and there are gifts, music, and activities for families.
The Royal Gorge also has a Santa Express Train for the holidays. The Santa Express also runs until Christmas Eve and includes food with the trip. The trip takes its occupants up to “The North Pole.” It is a 30-minute ride to the North Pole in the Royal Gorge and it is there that Santa and his elves board the train to pass out a special holiday bell for each child. Parents are allowed to take pictures of their children with Santa or they can have a professional photo taken.
The Train to Christmas Town in Alamosa is also a holiday favorite. The train departs from Alamosa and goes to the town of La Veta. The train includes Bumblebee the polar bear, elves and the conductor who greet visitors in the train. When the train reaches Christmas Town, Santa boards the train and greets the children.
The Cumbres and Toltec Train also runs a Christmas train during the holidays. The Antonito trains benefits the Antonito Food Pantry and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. Adults and children can ride the Christmas Train for free by bringing a non-perishable food donation or a toy per rider. The Antonito Train ride is a round trip from Antonito to Chama.
The Chama Train is a round trip from Chama into the San Juan Mountains. The train has partnered with KOB Channel 4 in Albuquerque and the Echo Food Bank in Farmington. All the Food and Toys collected from the train are distributed in Northern New Mexico. Both of the trains include elves, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The Durango and Silverton Train also hold a Christmas Special. The Polar Express allows children to experience the story on a ride to meet Santa. The children are urged to dress in their pajamas where the train conductor meets them and gives them a ticket. The children also get to watch the actors portrayed in the story of The Polar Express. The conductor will come around and punch the children’s tickets while actors sing and dance and bring them hot cocoa and treats. The story of The Polar Express is also read to them along the way. The children also get to see Santa as he boards the train and hands out a special bell to the children, and just like in the story--if they can hear the bell ring, then they still believe.
Each train holds a very special tradition for the children and fill up fast. For more information, call or visit:
The Santa Train - www.cograilway.com/santa-trains.asp
Santa Express Train - 719-276-4000
The Train to Christmas Town - 877-726-7245
Christmas Trains - www.cumbrestoletec.com/christmas/
The Polar Express - 970-247-2733