Santa Train 2013 tickets will be available in Summer 2013. Trains will run November 30 and December 1, December 7 & 8, December 14 & 15 and December 20 (Friday) & 21 (Saturday).
Santa Train is the Museum's most popular seasonal program. A Northwest tradition since 1969, the event allows participants of all ages to travel by train from North Bend for a visit with Santa Claus at Snoqualmie and to enjoy refreshments (included with tickets) served from the Museum's railway kitchen car. Children visiting with Santa receive a small gift and there is time to visit local shops and attractions. While in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, participants often visit one of the many local holiday tree farms or lots, and the many unique shopping destinations.
If you have a membership in the Northwest Railway Museum, you will receive written notification of ticket availability in early Summer and have the opportunity for advance ticket purchase. Members also receive a $2 per ticket discount during the advance purchase interval and are able to purchase tickets by mail or through this web site before they go on sale to the public. Member's tickets will be mailed in October. Please call the Museum if they have not arrived by October 31st.
This year we are expecting over 11,000 people to participate in this two-hour event. They will board the Museum's railway at the North Bend Depot for a 20 minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie. Once in Snoqualmie, they will enter the restored and seasonally decorated 1890-built Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus. Children will receive a small gift from Santa. Participants can then step on to the Museum's restored railway kitchen car for refreshments where they have a choice of hot cocoa or coffee. They also have a choice of several different kinds of cookies, all of which are fresh baked in the kitchen car's large coal stoves. There is a little bit of time to visit local shops and attractions before boarding the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad for the return trip to North Bend.
Locomotive 4012 pulls the Santa Train on a chilly December afternoon.
Santa and Miss Claus welcome Santa Train to Snoqualmie.
Cookie trays are rotated in the kitchen's huge coal stoves.
Santa Train 2013 is scheduled for November 30 and December 1, December 7 & 8, December 14 & 15 and December 20 (Friday) & 21 (Saturday). Trains depart hourly from North Bend beginning at 9 AM; the last departure is at 3 PM.
Santa Train tickets are required for each person two (2) years of age and older. Online and telephone orders will also be charged a $5.00 per order (not per ticket!) processing fee.
Refund Policy: If the train runs, there are no refunds. If the Northwest Railway Museum cannot run the train because of circumstances beyond the control of the Northwest Railway Museum such as flood or fire, the ticket price will be refunded to the original purchaser. Please note that the Museum ran every train during the winter storms in December 2007.
Please note that "will call" tickets must be picked up in North Bend. If you wish to attempt purchase of tickets on the day of the event, tickets are subject to availability and you must do so at the North Bend Depot.
Please do not count on tickets being available on the day of the event. Since 1995, every train has been sold out well in advance.
Tickets will be offered to members beginning at the end of August of each year. Tickets will go on sale to the public in the Summer, but only for people who visit this web site. Please allow until October for your tickets to arrive. Call the Museum if they have not arrived by October 31st. In-person sales begin early fall. The Museum accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Members receive advance notification before tickets go on sale to the public. Members also receive many benefits including free tickets to ride the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad during the regular season, discounts in the Depot Bookstore, and a newsletter. Click here to learn more!
- When is Santa Train®?
Nov. 30 &1, Dec. 7 & 8, Dec.14 & 15 and Dec. 20 (Friday) & 21 (Saturday), 2013. The first Santa Train® leaves North Bend at 9 a.m. Trains depart every hour; the last trip leaves at 3 p.m. It is a Reservation Only train and everyone two and older must have a ticket.How much do tickets cost?
$20.00 each, for everyone two years old and older. Members who purchase tickets prior to September 26 are entitled to a special member's price of $18 per ticket. When you buy your tickets, you must specify what day-date and what time you want to ride. There is a $5 per order (not per ticket) charge for any Internet, online, or telephone orders. This fee is to defray postage and handling. Please call the Museum if tickets have not arrived by October 31st or five business days after you complete your order, whichever is later.When do tickets go on sale?
Members are purchasing their tickets by mail and online beginning at the end of August. Santa Train® tickets go on sale to the general public on the Internet on September 27. In-person ticket sales at the Snoqualmie Depot begin October 17th. Payment for online and telephone sales may be made by Visa, MasterCard and American Express only.Can I order by phone?
Yes, tickets can be ordered by calling 425.888.3030 extension 7202 between 10 AM and 4 PM daily.What is the Santa Train® schedule?
Everyone boards the train at North Bend. Ride the train to Snoqualmie, come into the depot, visit with Santa, go through the Kitchen Car for refreshments then re-board the train and return to North Bend.Is there a group discount?
There are no group rates for Santa Train® however there is a small discount if you wish to purchase an entire train. Please contact the Museum marketing department for more information. Everyone two years and older is required to have a ticket.What is the refund policy?
If the train runs, there are no refunds. If the Northwest Railway Museum cannot run the train because of circumstances beyond the control of the Northwest Railway Museum such as flood or fire, the ticket price will be refunded to the original purchaser. Please note that the Museum ran every train during the winter storms in December 2007.I made a mistake; may I exchange my tickets for a different date or time?
Tickets can be exchanged - subject to availability - for a fee of $15. The fee defrays the cost of resetting the ticket database and issuing new tickets.Does my 2-year old need a ticket?
Yes. Every participant aged two (2) years and older requires a ticket.May I use my Museum Membership ticket vouchers for Santa Train®?
No. The membership ticket vouchers are “Not Valid for Santa Train®”Is there assigned seating?
Sorry, but no. If you want to sit with your friends, you all need to be at the North Bend Depot in time to get in line together. We suggest you arrive at the North Bend Depot at least 30 minutes before your scheduled train. This should give you enough time to find a place to park your car, visit the restrooms (there are NO restrooms on the train) and to find your friends so you can sit together on the train.Where do I park in North Bend?
The City of North Bend has several public parking lots. Please use these public lots. Click here for a map of downtown North Bend parking. Please be courteous of local businesses on North Bend Way as parking is at a premium.