Napa Valley Wine Train Announces Return of Beloved Santa Trains

Napa Valley Wine Train Announces Return of Beloved Santa Trains

The Napa Valley Wine Train, an engaging and memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, is pleased to announce the return of its Santa Train, an interactive musical adventure for the whole family onboard the iconic Napa Valley Wine Train.  Transforming the Napa Valley Wine Train into an enchanting holiday journey of delight for both children and adults, the Santa Train will run from November 19 to December 28.  Guests of the Santa Train will experience games, sing-alongs, and a fun cast of holiday-inspired characters, all while savoring hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies.

For the third year in a row, the Napa Valley Wine Train has partnered with the Ticket to Dream Foundation to invite hundreds of Northern California foster children aboard the Santa Train free of charge.  The Wine Train will also be hosting a Secret Santa Toy Drive at the train station and will have receptacles to collect new and unwrapped donated toys from generous riders from November 1 to December 18.

Guests of the Santa Train will embark on an interactive and musical journey from the train station to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole with the conductor, Santa, and some of his holiday friends, with a smartphone app available to enhance the trip.  Rumor has it Jolly the Bear was accidentally left behind at the train station and needs the children’s help to make it back to Santa’s workshop to be finished in time for Christmas Day and achieve his lifelong dream – to become an official Santa Train Conductor Bear.  Once the children reach the North Pole, they will be given a toy Jolly Bear ornament as a special thank you for their assistance.  The holiday magic continues on the return trip with more songs and games, hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies, Santa and Jolly the Bear handing out toy bears and fairy friends collecting letters to Santa.  Additional beverages and snack boxes are available for purchase including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, goldfish crackers, apple sauce and fruit for kids and hummus, chips, cheese, crackers and a delicious treat for adults.  A photo booth and social media booth is available at the train station for passengers to capture and share their memories with friends and family.

The Napa Valley Wine Train’s partnership with the Ticket to Dream Foundation will allow hundreds of local foster children the opportunity to experience the thrill of meeting Santa aboard the Santa Train as well as a Secret Santa Toy Drive from November 1 – December 18.  All passengers are welcome to bring new and unwrapped toys, books, games, movies and gift cards to the train station on their departure day to add joy and excitement to the holidays for foster children in Napa.

The schedule for the 2018 Santa Train daily showings is as follows:

  • Show #1: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: November 19– December 28 (Blackout Dates: November 22, December 24 & 25)
  • Show #2: 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.: November 23–25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 14-23, and 26 (Blackout Dates: December 24 & 25)

Train fare for the Santa Train start at $39 for locals in Napa and Sonoma counties, $49 per person for the 5 p.m. show and $69 per person for the 7:15 p.m. show.  Free parking is available in the Napa Valley Wine Train’s parking lot and space is limited.  For reservations and more information about the Napa Valley Wine Train, please call (800) 427-4124 or visit