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.

Photo from the Austin Steam Train website

A holiday tradition for Austin families, the Austin Steam Train’s two 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. 

NEW dates added! The North Pole Flyer runs on Saturdays and Sundays with new train rides added through Dec. 16. 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 range from $45 – $55 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 website

–> Giveaway: We have twelve 4-pack of tickets to give away for rides taking place during the month of November! Our winners will be given the option to pick a ride time based on availability. 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.

This giveaway is now closed and winners have been notified via email. Thanks to all who entered!