Feel a little Christmas magic when you hop aboard Austin Steam Train’s North Pole Flyer! Children of all ages can experience their own little Polar Express-inspired moments when they go for a real train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy storytime, hot cocoa and Christmas cookies along their journey.

This season, Austin Steam Train is celebrating their 10th Anniversary of the North Pole Flyer. Now a holiday tradition for Austin families, this 2 hour excursion takes place on a real train where each car is decorated for the season. Passengers enjoy a live reading of the North Pole Flyer book, the railroad’s own christmas story. Santa will spend time in each car to “check your list twice”, and pose for photographs before handing out a gift to each child to remember this special ride.

The North Pole Flyer runs on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 25 through Dec. 17. On each date, the train departs at 8:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Families are encouraged to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your departure time to get parked, boarded, and seated. Parties may be seated at shared tables, or in shared seating sections with other passengers. Private compartments are available for purchase by phone only. This ride is 2 hours round trip with no layover.

Tickets start at $45 which you can book online here or by calling 512-477-8468.

Please take note that this popular holiday tradition sells out each year! For questions, please check out the North Pole Flyer FAQ.

Photo from the Austin Steam Train Facebook page

–> Giveaway: We have a 4-pack of tickets to give away! Our winner will be given the option to pick a ride time that that is available on the weekend of Nov. 25 & 26. Please enter below. Good luck! Entering the giveaway will add you to the Do512 Family email list, where we let you know about the best family events in Austin each week.

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