Can’t swing a magical train ride to the North Pole? Well, we’ve tracked down the next best thing! From jammies and hot chocolate to singing elves and Santa himself, choo-choo through our slideshow and climb aboard one of these 6 enchanting train adventures with your crew this holiday season. Tip: Get your tickets after you read this, as everyone is loco for these locomotives!

Coaster Holiday Express Train

Jolly old St. Nick is visiting the North County Coaster this year (and he's bringing the Snow Queen and Ice Princess!) Little elves can tell Santa what they want for Christmas. There'll be carolers, garland and delightful decorations. Hop on this 65-minute magical journey departing from the Oceanside Transit Center. Tickets go on sale November 2nd at 9 a.m. Be quick to purchase online or in Oceanside, they sold out in just a few hours last year.

Dates: Dec. 9 & 10
Times: Sat., 10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. & Noon
Cost: $10/person

North County Transit District
195 S. Tremont St.
Oceanside, Ca
Online: gonctd.com/HolidayExpress

photo: NCTD Coaster

featured photo: Mike Arney via Unsplash

What’s your fam’s favorite holiday train ride? Let us know below.

—Nikki Walsh