2018 Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes Trains & Sleighs

We have a unique opportunity in the Twin Cities to enjoy the holidays on Planes Trains & Sleighs (mostly trains), and we’ve rounded up all we can find just for you and your family!

11/3/18-2/23/19: Night Trains | Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St Paul | Saturdays, 6-9pm | $15/pp, family rates available, kids under 5 FREE | Enter a magical world of model trains. Overhead lights are turned down low and the models’ streetlights and buildings are glowing.

11/23/18-1/1/19: Flyover Holidays | FlyOver America, MOA | Mon-Sat, 10am-9:30pm & Sun, 11am-7pm | $14.95-$18.95/pp | Help Santa search for his elves on an exhilirating flight across America and onto the North Pole!

11/29/18-12/2/18 & 12/6/18-12/9/18: North Pole Express | Union Depot, St Paul | $19.95-$23.95, kids 3 and under free (2017 prices) | Take a one-mile train ride to the North Pole and write your letter to Santa on the way. Santa will board the train and ride back to the Union Depot, greeting kids and collecting letters with treats and other activities following. (This event historically sells out fast, we recommend signing up for emails so you get an alert when tickets go on sale.)

11/24/18-11/25/18; 12/1/18-12/2/18: Holly Trolley | Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis | 12:30-3:30pm | $4/pp | Ride the rails with Santa in a streetcar decorated for the holiday. Then, warm up with a campfire and roast a marshmallow.

12/1/18: Vinternatt | Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis | 6pm-8:30pm | $5/pp | The streetcar will be decorated with lights and seasonal greens. Hundreds of luminaries will light the path. Toast marshmallows and watch for Santa. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

12/1/18-12/16/18: Santa’s Train Shop | Minnesota Transportation Museum, St Paul | Weekends 10am-4pm | $5-$12/pp | The museum is transformed into Santa’s Train Shop with live music, activities, train rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and lots of museum fun.

If you are looking for the feeling of trains in your shopping experience, don’t miss the European Christmas Market at Union Depot, November 30-December 2; & December 7-9.

St. Paul, Union Depot - Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes Trains & Sleighs

12/9/18-12/11/18: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train – The brightly lit train will roll into the following Twin Cities-area stations accompanied by live music from The Trews and Willy Porter:

St. paul union depot - Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes Trains & Sleighs

  • 12/9 – Hastings, arrives 8:30pm
  • 12/10 – Cottage Grove, 5:15pm
  • 12/10 – Union Depot, St. Paul, 6:45 pm
  • 12/11 – New Hope, 3:35pm
  • 12/11 – Golden Valley, 4:50pm
  • 12/11 – St. Louis Park, 6pm
  • 12/11 – Minneapolis, 7:55pm

If it’s a horse-drawn sleigh ride you’re after, trot on over to our Twin Cities Holiday Festivals page – many Twin Cities-area communities are hosting their own holiday shopping galas downtown, complete with roving Santas, carolers and those sleigh bells.

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