Holiday train shows
Attention New Yorkers: Christmas is arriving earlier than ever this year! Macy's Santaland will open for the season on Friday November 23, 2018 and remain open through Monday, December 24, 2018! Yippee! The famous Macy's Santaland display—complete with Santa, his elves and a full floor of sparkling winter wonderland—will open at Macy's Herald Square with a bang. This year, you'll see elves at the Welcome Station, a Kinder Sweet Shoppe, The Aflac Ducks, The Enchanted Forest (igloos, ice sculptures, Christmas trees, etc), The Rainbow Bridge and even the Lionel Trains Industrial City (tons of model trains zip around a six-foot-tall Christmas tree and other decorations). Shortly before meeting Mr. Claus, you'll get a peek at Santa's Workshop and see his sleigh being prepped for the big night (reindeer and all)!
The Polar Express certainly isn't a work of fiction, and if you're still skeptical, just hop onboard the Catskill Mountain Railroad! The cherised tale comes to life in the train cars as passengers are transported to the North Pole, all while cookies and cocoa are served and scenes from the movie play. Once travelers reach the North Pole, they'll be greeted by none other than Saint Nick himself! Kingston, NY (catskillmtrailroad.com). Nov 16–Dec 23 at various times. $32–$49.
The Pine Creek Railroad certainly knows how to get into the holiday spirit. Travelers are encouraged to join the man in the red suit for a ride on the Christmas Express, where they're guaranteed to snag a little one-on-one time with Santa to discuss their wishlist! Wall Township, NJ (njmt.org). Nov 23–25, Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 11am–4pm, Dec 1, 8 and 15 from 6–8:30pm. $6.
Step back in time on an old-school train car from 1903 as you make your way to see Santa! Along the way, passengers will get to participate in holiday crafts, receive a free gift, check out exhibits and, of course, spend time with Saint Nick. Danbury, CT (danburyrailwaymuseum.org). Dec 2, 8, 9 and 16 at various times. $12, under 2 free.