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Catskill Christmas Express | New York by Rail

december, 2021

10decAll Day23Catskill Christmas Express(All Day) Catskill Mountain Railroad, 55 Plaza Road

Event Details

Catskill Christmas Express

All aboard the Catskill Christmas Express. Experience this holiday train ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad!

Catskill Christmas Express

Catskill Christmas Express | Photo Courtesy of Matt Gillis

A Holiday Train

The annual Catskill Christmas Express returns this year just in time for the holiday season. This scenic railroad will take passengers through the Catskill Forest and to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole for a 60-minute ride. 140 people of all ages can rejoice in all of the holiday fun while meeting Santa and his elves in open-air flat cars. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, passengers will be expected to social distance, which will be easier in the open-air flat cars. Since these cars are open, passengers should bundle up with blankets and layers, which will allow for a cozier experience. These flat cars include canopies and center bench seats and will be decorated to fit the holiday theme. Also due to the pandemic, Santa Claus will not be boarding the train but will be greeting passengers as they pass by.

Unlike in past years, hot chocolate will not be served on the train. However, passengers are welcome to bring their own hot chocolate to enjoy while at the event. Instead of hot chocolate, passengers will each be given a delicious wrapped cookie from a local bakery. In order to stay extra cozy, pocket warmers will be sold at the station prior to departure. Just like in true Santa Claus fashion, each passenger will receive a small gift after passing through the North Pole.

Attending the Christmas Festivity

Dates for the Catskill Christmas Express will include Dec. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23. Adult ticket prices will be set at $29, whereas tickets for children will cost $23 each, Tickets are available for a variety of time slots. On weekends, you can expect times for 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. On weekdays, such as Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, available times include 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Check out the event’s website to buy tickets online.

Take Amtrak to Catskill Mountain Railroad

Attend the Catskill Christmas Express via Amtrak to the Rhinecliff-Kingston Station (RHI)—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount! The station is 13.7 miles away from Kingston Plaza, making it an easy and convenient option to get to the event.

Get picked up from the Rhinecliff-Kingston Station (RHI) and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Kingston office today at +1 845-336-4700.


december 10 (Friday) - 23 (Thursday)


Catskill Mountain Railroad

55 Plaza Road