Holiday trains delight children of all ages

Fillmore, CA…..Santa is gearing up for his famous Christmas Eve journey to the homes of children all over the world. But first, he is making a few stops along the way, most notably on the Fillmore & Western Railway’s variety of holiday trains.

There are still seats available for families on the North Pole Express Wednesdays through Sunday evenings, Nov. 28-Dec. 26, with trains departing at 6:00pm and 7:30 pm. The one hour train ride journeys to the North Pole east of Fillmore, where it picks up Santa Claus, who climbs onboard to visit with all the children. Elves are onboard each railcar and entertain passengers by reading a Christmas story and leading everyone in singing Christmas carols. The jolly elves distribute a Christmas cookie and chocolate milk to everyone during the trip. Once back in town, Santa poses for photos with children and happily accepts their Christmas wish lists. Families are also invited to stroll through Santa’s Village in Central Park, downtown Fillmore, where there are craft and Christmas vendors, a Carousel and a food booth available.

The Christmas Tree Train runs on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29 through December 21 with two departures each day at 10:00am and 2:00pm. The 2-1/2 to 3 hour train ride takes passengers to a private Christmas Tree Farm, where they seek out and cut down their “perfect Christmas tree”. The tree is then loaded onto a flatcar and transported back to town. Santa visits with children and their families onboard the trip over and sits on the backporch of the business car while at the farm to pose for photos and collect wish lists. An onboard restaurant is also available during the trip.

“Dinner With Santa” trains depart on Friday and Sunday evenings at 5:30pm, Nov. 28 through Dec. 21. Families get to dine with the ole’ gent himself during the two hour trip.

For more information or to book passage on one of the Christmas Holiday Trains call 805-524-2546 or visit Fillmore & Western’s website at All Aboard for Christmas Fun!