Need a one-way ticket to Jollytown this holiday season? Look no further than these fabulous train rides—all within striking distance from Atlanta. From short train trips to all-day treks, scroll down for all you need to know about holiday train rides near you.
Breakfast or Lunch with Santa and Train Ride at Southeastern Railway Museum
Spend your Saturday with Santa over lunch or breakfast at the Southern Railway Museum, and a train ride, craft, and hayride, to boot. While you’re there, be sure to check out the vast collection of busses, train cars, and other transportation methods.
Details: Breakfast begins at 9 a.m. and generally completes by 11:30. Lunch starts at noon and wraps up around 2:30 p.m. Events are held on Saturdays, between Nov. 24 and Dec. 15. Tickets to the event are $18/ person, and children under 2 are free.
3595 Buford Hwy
Duluth, Ga 30096
Macy’s Pink Pig at Lenox Square
The Macy’s Pink Pig train ride at Macy’s Lenox Square is a beloved—if quirky—Atlanta holiday tradition. Housed in a carnival-like tent in the upper parking deck of Lenox Square, this fixed-rail ride includes pink pig cars, a winter wonderland, and plenty of for-purchase Pink Pig swag. What began as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s store, there is still no better way to ride into the holiday season than on the Macy’s Pink Pig.
Details: From Nov. 3 to Jan. 6, rides are $3 and multi-ride tickets have a special discounted price (two rides for $5.50, three rides for $7.50). The ride will be closed November 18, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Lenox Square Mall Upper level Parking Deck
3393 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, Ga 30326
Photo: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden Ride-On Holiday Train
Hop on the colorful ride-on train at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for a gentle ride along a paved path in front of the orchid collection and around the lawn filled with colorful holiday orbs. Perfectly sized for your littlest conductors, this merry train has room for their grown-ups, too. Be sure to check out the incredible Holiday Model Train Show while you’re there!
Details: The Ride-On train operates Sat. & Sun. from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $5/person.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave.
Photo: Stone Mountain Park via Facebook
Stone Mountain Singalong Christmas Train
For little ones with a short attention span, the Stone Mountain Christmas Train is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the tracks before nap time. The five-mile, 40-minute trip takes a tour through the park and includes Christmas carols and the story of the first Christmas.
Details: Trains depart throughout the day from Nov. 11 until Jan. 4. Singalong Christmas Train is only available on “Adventure Pass” days during Stone Mountain Christmas, and is included in a daily Christmas Adventure Pass. Be sure to check the calendar for dates and hours of operation prior to your visit. From $31.95 per person.
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, Ga
Photo: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge Scenic Express Santa Express
If you’re looking for a day trip out of the city, check out The Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad’s collection of antique trains that run between Blue Ridge and McCaysville, Georgia. The Santa Express is a short, one-hour daytime trip with Christmas stories, songs and characters—including Santa, of course, as the main event.
Details: The Santa Express runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23 on select dates at 10 a.m., 12, 2, & 4 p.m. Tickets are $47/adults, $31/kids under 13 and free for kids under 2.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
241 Depot St.
Blue Ridge, Ga
Photo: SAM Shortline via Facebook
SAM Shortline Excursion Train
A ride on this 1949 vintage train that runs from Georgia Veterans State Park to Archery, Georgia is well worth the 2 hour drive from Atlanta, especially if your holiday travel plans take you south. SAM offers multiple Christmas-themed trips, including the Mistletoe Express, Candy Cane Express and the North Pole Express.
Details: While prices vary by coach selection and package options, the standard fare for a ride on one of SAM’s holiday trains is $37.99/adult and $27.99/child. Each trip has its own timetable and dates of travel between Nov. 24 and Jan. 1. Check here for the schedule.
SAM Shortline Excursion Train
105 East 9th Ave.
Photo: Tennessee Valley Railroad via Facebook
North Pole Limited Christmas Train Ride
North Pole Limited train rides leave from Chattanooga on an imaginary journey to the North Pole. Along the way, riders will enjoy refreshments, storytelling, and occasional sing-a-longs. As the Christmas train gently rolls down the rails, a number of lighted displays can be seen outside, culminating in a visit on-board the train by Santa, himself.
Details: Evening trains depart at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m., and earlier trips are available on select dates with departure times at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. from Nov. 17 to Dec. 30.
4119 Cromwell Rd.
Chattanooga, Tn 37421