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

  • Rudolph and Pablo the Penguin will be on board to spread holiday cheer.
  • Each child receives a small holiday gift from Santa’s Elves!

Before or After your excursion be sure to make plans to stop by River Valley Junction. Whether you’re naughty or nice, this is where you’ll find an assortment of things for everyone of every age!

  • Little ones are sure to enjoy a Special Christmas performance by Sunny Train
  • 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 Fresh baked Cookies & other Goodies in the Klaus Kitchen

Ticket Information

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Tuesday September 19: Full Coach Car (60 seats) / Full First Class Cars (20, 32, 36 seats) by Phone Only (860-767-0103 / 800-377-3987)

Wednesday September 20: Individual First Class Tickets On Line ONLY ( at 9:00 am

Thursday September 21: Individual Coach Tickets On Line ONLY ( at 9:00 am

Santa Special will be operating on the following Schedule:

Fri-Sat-Sun Nov. 24, 25, 26 Sat & Sun Dec 2-3 Sat & Sun Dec 9-10

Sat & Sun Dec 16-17 Sat Dec. 23


Coach Tickets $24

Padded Bench Seating

First Class Car $40

Individual Armchair Seats with Cash Beverage Service



Reindeer Breakfast

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,

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

Serving Time: 8:30am – 12 Noon (Operating on Santa Special Days posted above)

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



Take a picture on Santa’s sleigh