All Aboard! Santa Train selling out fast, special Victorian Santa train added this year

It’s almost that festive Ho, Ho, Ho season. Lights are going up all around town –  and Santa Train tickets sell out fast!  The Northwest Railway Museum doesn’t want anyone to miss the chance to experience the 47th year of this unique Snoqualmie Valley holiday tradition.

For eight days, beginning November 26th, families can take a holiday train excursion aboard Santa Train to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot. Children and their families will enjoy music, fresh-baked cookies from coal-fired ovens inside the train, hot cocoa and fresh coffee – and a small gift for each child.

The two-hour holiday celebration takes place November 26th-27th, December 3rd-4, December 10th-11th, and December 16th-17th.

This year for the first time, the Friday, December 16th Santa Train will be a Victorian Santa Train complete with a 19th victorian-st-courtesy-of-don-talmadgeCentury Father Christmas to greet children and their families!

Tickets may be purchased online at; in person at the Snoqualmie Depot (38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie, WA 98065); or by phone at 425-888-3030 x7202. Tickets are $24 per person for everyone ages 2 & older. There are seven hourly departures to choose from 9am to 3pm. 

Eleven trains have already sold out and others are close, so purchasing tickets early is recommended to get your preferred date.

  • Special hint – if you’re looking for less crowded dates, consider coming on Sunday, November 27th or Friday, December 16th.


About the Northwest Railway Museum

Founded in 1957, the Northwest Railway Museum and Santa Train has been a part of its history since 1969. Many returning families now bring their third  and even fourth generations to join the holiday tradition!  The Museum offers train excursions on weekends April – October, too. Other events are offered as well. 

The Museum includes the Snoqualmie Depot (the oldest continuously operated train station in Washington State) and the Railway History Center (i.e. Conservation and Restoration Center, Train Shed exhibit building & the new Railway Education Center.)  For more information on train schedules, the Railway History Center, special events and operating hours visit the museum on the web at or call (425) 888-3030.

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