All Aboard for These North Alabama Railroad Museum Christmas Train Rides

  • Special Christmas train rides in December 2023
  • Two different rides to choose from!

All aboard! There are few things more magical for children than a winter train ride with Santa at Christmastime! Definitely be sure to add the North Alabama Railroad Museum to your Holiday Must List if you have a young train enthusiast. They offer two different train rides – one at night and the other during the day – and if you act fast you can snag seats on both this year. Tickets go fast!

We loved the Santa Train but the North Star Limited is even better. Amazing experience! All volunteer staff was a great group and you can tell they really care about what they do. This was such a cool excursion for our little train enthusiast. We hope to get tickets again next year. – Farrah N.

Location: 694 Chase Road, Huntsville (map)
Phone: 256-851-NARM
WebsiteView Website | Online Tickets


Special Winter & Christmas Train Rides at the North Alabama Railroad Museum

North Star Limited

train in the snow at the North Alabama Railroad Museum

Guests riding the North Star Limited experience a Christmas VIP experience! The North Star Limited is a night-time ride along the rails, featuring snacks and special treats for all our guests. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas, which is unique to this ride. Each child and their families will have a one-on-one visit with Santa, where he or she can give Santa their Christmas wish-list. Each child will receive a gift from Santa. If you’ve missed this ride in years past, don’t delay and purchase your tickets early! This is a 45 minute excursion. All passengers require a ticket, regardless of age.

Date/Time: December 1, 2, 8, & 9 | 5:45 PM and 7:45 PM
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
Ticket Prices:
Coaches 6082, 6090, & 4679 – $35 per person
Coach 2006 Roomette – $100 per couple, age 21+ only, includes warm treat and souvenir mug
Coach 2006 Suite- $300 per suite, 6 people (max of 4 adults) all ages, receive warm treat and souvenir mug
More Info: Website | Buy tickets online

Santa Train

Each family has the opportunity to meet with Santa on the ride.

Riding the rails with Santa Claus at the North Alabama Railroad Museum is an annual Huntsville Tradition! Santa spends time with each child, making sure to get his or her Christmas wish-list. Regular class passengers will receive a small gift as they disembark the train. First-class passengers are our extra special guests! They receive a treat as they board the train, and an extra special gift awaits these children from Santa! The Santa Train rides are always a sell-out, so purchase tickets early. This is a 30 minute excursion.

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house strung with lots of Christmas lights

Date/Time: Dec. 2  &  Dec. 9 at Noon, 1:30 PM, and 3 PM
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
Cost: $20-30 per person; Suites for up to 6 available for $300, includes a warm treat and souvenir mug
More Info: Website | Buy tickets online


To get the full 411 about all that is happening in and around the Tennessee Valley this fall including information on Winter Break Camps, special Christmas events, Santa sightings and more, then mosey on over to the full 2023 Christmas & Holiday Activity Guide. Then be sure to share the scoop with your friends so you’ll see familiar faces when you are out and about this Holiday season!


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