2022 Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains & Sleighs

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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!

2022 Planes, Trains & Sleighs

Our options for Holiday trains, planes and sleigh rides are mostly back this year. We’ll have a few virtual events again this year, but if you want to get out and enjoy some beautiful holiday scenery, we’ve found some options for all kinds of transportation fun.

Holiday Flyovers & Flights of Fancy

Flyover Holidays

Flyover America, Mall of America, 5120 Center Ct, Bloomington, MN 55425
Flyover America traditionally becomes a holiday sleigh adventure in December. Stay tuned for more details! 2022 Details TBA. (best prices online).

Track Santa’s Flight Path

NORAD will have its official Santa Tracker back up and running on December 1, 2022. Nothing, not even Jolly Old St. Nicholas, gets by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Christmas Trains & The North Pole Express

Oct 15, 2022 -Feb 25, 2023: Night Trains

Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Rd Ste. 8, St Paul, MN 5511
Enter a magical world of model trains. Overhead lights are turned down low and the models’ streetlights and buildings are glowing. Saturdays (except Dec. 24), 3-7pm. Pre-purchase required: $15/pp, kids under 5 FREE.

Photo Credit: Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum

Weekends Dec 3-18, 2022: Santa’s Train Shop

Minnesota Transportation Museum, Jackson Street Roundhouse, 193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul, MN 55130
The museum, located in St Paul, is transformed into Santa’s Train Shop with live music, activities, train rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and lots of museum fun. Weekends December 3rd-18th, 10am-4pm, $7-$15/pp or $45/family. Pre-Purchased Tickets Required.

Dec 2-4 & Dec 8-11, 2022: North Pole Express

Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, St Paul, MN 55101
Join Santa and friends on a short journey to the North Pole where you can visit special shops, the home of Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the elves’ workshop. Tickets $26+ (2 and under FREE). This event sells out fast.

Dec 11-14, 2022: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

“Canadian Pacific will host a virtual concert and donate to local food banks in communities across its network for the Holiday Train program’s 23rd year”. The Holiday Train rolls through the Twin Cities from December 11th -14th in 2022.  Read more here.


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Holiday Sleigh Rides & Hayrides

If it’s a horse-drawn sleigh ride you’re after, trot on over to our Twin Cities Holiday Festivals page for more ideas. These events have advertised wagon or sleigh rides:

Santa Sleigh Experience at The Hitching Company

The Hitching Company, 925 N. 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401410
Visit includes include crafts, a carriage ride, and photos with Santa. $19.95/rider (Under 3 free on lap). Book at time November 27th, December 4th or December 11th, 2022.

Hastings Holiday Hoopla – November 26, 2022

Downtown Hastings, MN 55033
Oliver’s Grove Horse & Wagon offered from noon to 4pm during this all-day Small Business Saturday event.

Afton Village Holiday – December 2 & 3, 2022

Downtown Afton, MN 55001
Horse & Wagon rides are a feature of this old-fashioned event along the St. Croix river. Other family fun includes carolers, crafts, a tree lighting and vendors.

Hometown Holiday – Dec 3, 2022

City Square Park, 350 N Chestnut St Chaska, MN 55318
This annual event will include carriage rides. Other traditional family fun has included Santa, music, crafts, holiday lights, and a Christmas llama.

Deck The Halls – December 3, 2022

Sturges Park, 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313
Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride while celebrating the start of the Holiday season at Sturges Park. Santa and his reindeer will be around the park and the night ends with a tree lighting.

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Photos with Santa and Holiday Hayrides – December 3-18, 2022

Minnetonka Orchard, 6530 County Road 26, Minnetrista, Minnesota 55364
Combine your family holiday photo with a festive hayride to Santa’s barn for some hot cocoa or apple cider and a digital photo. Weekends, December 3-18, 2022; 1-4pm. $30-$51/group. Book your timeslot here.

Holiday Trolley Fun

Jingle Bells Trolley – Nov 25, 27, 27; Dec 2, 3 & 4, 2022

Excelsior Streetcar Line, Excelsior, MN 55331
Take a trolley ride, sing Christmas carols and listen to holiday stories. $3/passenger. 11am-3pm.

Holly Trolley – Nov 26 & 27, Dec 3 & 4, 2022

Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 4200 Queen Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
This Holiday streetcar ride with Santa includes toasted marshmallows and a visit with the big guy. Collecting Toys for Tots. $5/passenger. 12pm-3:30pm.

Vinternatt – Dec 3, 2022

Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 4200 Queen Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
The historic Como-Harriet Streetcar is decorated for the season and luminaries light the tracks. Toast marshmallows and maybe see Santa.  $6/passenger. 6pm-8:30pm.

Anoka Tree Lighting Trolley Rides – December 3, 2022

Anoka City Hall Plaza, 2015 First Ave N, Anoka, MN 55303
Enjoy a horse-drawn trolley ride at Anoka’s tree-lighting festival. Other family fun includes Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music, bonfires and food vendors. 3-7pm

Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides at Wintefest – Dec 3, 2022

White Bear Lake Armory, 2228 4th St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Part of WBL’s Winter Fest, bring a donation for the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf to ride a horse-drawn trolley around Downtown White Bear Lake. 11am-1:45pm.

Don’t Forget Automobiles!

We’ve collected a host of Twin Cities Drive-Thru Christmas & Winter Events. Viewing a winter wonderland from the comfort of your car is a wonderful option.  We also have our annual list of  Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays. These all make great drive-by experiences.

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