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Santa Special

Santa Special

Dream, Believe, Discover

All aboard the Santa Special for a one-of-a-kind, daytime holiday experience!  Enjoy the spirit of the season as you relax with family and friends aboard festive railway cars adorned with vintage decorations.  Make sure you’re camera-ready for that “special moment” when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit each child.

  • Rudolph and Pablo the Penguin will be onboard to spread holiday cheer
  • Each child will receive a small holiday gift from Santa’s Elves!

Before or after your excursion, stop by River Valley Junction; whether you’re naughty or nice, this is where you’ll find an assortment of things for every age! Fun things from 2017:

  • Little ones are sure to enjoy a special Christmas performance by Sunny Train on November 24, 25, 26 and December 2,3,9,10,16,17, and 23, 2017. Shows are at 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Write and mail your “Letter to Santa” at Santa’s Post Office and support the Essex Lion’s Club
  • Take your family pictures in Santa’s sleigh
  • Visit “Create a Card!” Station — where children create a special memory
  • Enjoy freshly baked cookies & other goodies in the Klaus Kitchen

Ticket Information

Ticket On Sale Dates for Santa Special – follow us on Facebook to stay informed

2018 On Sale Date TBD: Full Coach Car (60 seats) / Full First Class Cars (20, 32, 36 seats) by phone only (860-767-0103 / 800-377-3987)

2018 On Sale Date TBD: Individual First Class tickets online ONLY ( at 9:00 a.m.

2018 On Sale Date TBD: Individual Coach tickets online ONLY ( at 9:00 a.m.

2018 Santa Special will be operating on the following schedule:

Fri-Sat-Sun Nov. 23, 24, 25             Sat & Sun Dec 1-2            Sat & Sun Dec 8-9

Sat & Sun Dec 15-16                          Sat & Sun Dec. 22-23


Coach Tickets Price TBD

Padded Bench Seating

First Class Car Price TBD

Individual armchair seats with cash beverage service



Reindeer Breakfast 2017 Information

Relax and enjoy a festive family meal in River Valley Junction before or after your Santa Special departure! Prepared by the team that brings you the Essex Clipper Dinner Train and caters our events and functions, you’ll be sure to delight in these delicious offerings.

On the Menu: Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, biscuits & gravy, bagels, muffins, cut fruit, cereal, coffee, tea, and juice.

Serving Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12 Noon  (Operating on Santa Special days posted above)

Reindeer Breakfast is available to all passengers for $15 adults / $5 children age 1-6



Take a picture on Santa’s sleigh