Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV


Tickets, Please.  Ready to board the Christmas Train for a trip to the North Pole
Santas Helpers serving sweet treats to passengers on the Christmas Train
The Christmas Train conductor knows Santa.<br>You can ask him about the North Pole.
At the North Pole we stop and pick up the Jolly Old Elf himself
Santa wishing everyone a Joyous and Merry Christmas.
It's the Family Christmas Train that you will alway remember
Kids, it's OK to bring your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, and older sibblings.<br>This trip might remind them of when they could hear the bells not so long ago.

Ride the Christmas Train This Year

Santa's Reindeer Flyer to visit Santa at the North Pole


Fast Facts

WHAT: The Christmas Trains for families depart Ely, NV during the Christmas season for trips to the North Pole to visit Santa.

WHEN: Weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  See schedule below.

WHERE: Ely, NV: 245 miles North of Las Vegas, 245 Miles West / Southwest of Salt Lake City, 300 miles East of Reno.

ON-BOARD:   Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.  Meet Santa himself.  Join in singing Christmas carols.

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The Nevada Northern Railway Museum celebrates the holiday season with a fantastic adventure for kids of all ages! A trip to the North Pole on Santa’s Reindeer Flyer Christmas Train, to see the jolly old elf himself.

This magical family adventure departs from Ely, Nevada for a magical adventure to the North Pole on board a train.

On the journey northward, you will meet a lively bunch of Santa's helpers who will serve all of the passengers hot chocolate cookies. They will also lead everyone in singing the holiday favorites that we all know and love. Of course, photo-ops are plentiful along the way, so bring your camera and dress the part, if you like. And yes, pajamas are very much in style on this family train ride

One of the pressing questions that we are frequently asked, “Is how does the train make it to the North Pole so quickly?” Our secret is the Magic Switch! At the Magic Switch, the train stops. The Conductor of Santa’s Reindeer Flyer radios the Engineer, “Contact the North Pole and ask for permission to throw the Magic Switch.” The Engineer contacts North Pole Control asking permission to throw the Magic Switch, as the Conductor and passengers wait breathlessly for a reply. The Engineer radios to the Conductor, “North Pole Control has given permission to throw the Magic Switch. Santa says, come on up!” The train erupts in cheers, the head brakeman throws the switch and the Flyer starts the journey to the North Pole!

Then it happens! That magic moment when the train arrives at the North Pole! Waiting for the train is Santa Claus himself! Santa will board the train and personally talk to every passenger on the train. He also has a special gift for everyone so they can always remember their Christmas train ride on Santa's Reindeer Flyer.

Santa's Elves are honored that Children's Christmas Train Ride has been voted as the "Best Special Event in Rural Nevada" by readers of Nevada Magazine.


What to expect:

Our trains feature on-board restroom and are wheelchair accessible.  All trains here operate on-time, as they have for over a century, so be at the depot ready for boarding 45 minutes before the departure time.  Sorry, pets aren't allowed on trains or on the grounds.  Service animals are always welcome, but please take necessary precautions for this somewhat noisy, industrial environment.

There is open seating, first come, first served, so board with your children and select seating together.  Santa's Reindeer Flyer Christmas Train is pulled by one of our vintage diesel locomotives.  The train trip, including visiting with Santa on-board the train takes approximately 90 minutes.

Prices and Discounts


2019 Ticket Prices
AdultChild(4-12)Infant (not yet 4)
Santa's Reindeer Flyer$41 $20 Free
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Click here if you still have a question about this program.

Ticket reservations strongly suggested - trains often sell out.
The Christmas Train departs from Ely, Nevada


TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - 8 years in a row
Best Event in Rural Nevada – The Polar Express - 7 years in a row
Nevada State Treasure • Best Preservation Effort in the West • Attraction of the Year
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada – Recognized 11 times
Best Museum in Rural Nevada – Recognized 9 times
Best Tour in Rural Nevada - New award category in 2017

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