If there’s anything better than eating cookies and sipping hot chocolate while hanging with elves en route to the North Pole, we haven’t found it. The holiday months bring all sorts of fun for families, but special train rides are a best-bet for kids of all ages. For all who truly believe, we’ve rounded up the best North Pole and Santa-packed train rides the country. Click through to find one near you. Tickets, please!

Holiday Trains on the Strasburg Rail Road – Ronks, Pa

We couldn’t choose between the three awesome holiday trains that the Strasburg Rail Road hosts every year—so we decided to include them all. There’s the Christmas Tree Train on Dec. 2nd (three different departure times!), that will take you and your crew Leaman Place Grove to pick up your very own pre-cut evergreen, before heading back to the station for holiday stories aboard the caboose. Or there’s Santa’s Paradise Express, which runs from the end of Nov. through the middle of Dec. Mrs. Claus will greet kids at the station (be sure to bring a self-addressed envelope to get a response from the big guy), and Santa joins in on the fun as passengers make their way to Paradise, Pa and back. Finally, the very special Night Before Christmas Train will take lucky cookie-eating riders clickety-clack down the track as a pajama-clad host reads The Night Before Christmas.

Find out more: strasburgrailroad.com/ride/events/

photo: Strasburg Rail Road via Facebook

Do you plan to ride the rails this season? Have you already tried out one of these? Tell us about your experience in a comment.

—Allison Sutcliffe



featured image: yooperann via flickr