Santa Trains already selling out; near half-century Snoqualmie Valley holiday tradition starts November 25th

Newsflash: it’s November already, which means the Halloween decorations come down and people start thinking about Thanksgiving and, of course, Christmas.

In the Snoqualmie Valley that also means the Santa Train will hit the tracks soon, drawing hundreds of tourist to the area every weekend. The NW Train Museum says,” the Jolly Old Elf is making his list and checking it twice before his arrival at the Museum on November 25th.

Already seven Santa Trains have sold out. But tickets are still available for lots of other weekend dates for the unique, 48-year Snoqualmie holiday tradition.

Beginning November 25th, families can take a holiday train excursion aboard Santa Train to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot. Kids and their families can enjoy music, fresh-baked cookies from coal-fired ovens, hot cocoa and fresh coffee, and a small gift for each child. T

The two-hour holiday celebration takes place November 25th-26th, December 2nd-3rd, December 9th-10th, and December 15th, 16th & 17th. Friday, December 15th also marks the return of the special Victorian Santa Train.

Tickets may be purchased online ( or in person at the Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie, WA.

Tickets are $26 per person for everyone ages 2 & older. There are seven hourly departures to choose between 9AM to 3PM. Purchasing tickets early is recommended to help assure your preferred choice of date and time as tickets sell out every year.


Santa Train. Photo: NW Railway Museum


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