Though he is not bound by the laws of physics, Santa Claus is duty bound to eat every cookie, brisket, and pile of thumbtacks you leave out for him. Explore other Yuletide traditions with this Groupon.
$18 for Ride for One on The Christmas Train (Up to $36 Value)
Choose from the following dates and times:
- December 7 at 6 p.m.
- December 11 at 6 p.m.
- December 12 at 6 p.m.
- December 13 at 6 p.m.
- December 27 at 6 p.m.
- December 28 at 6 p.m.
- December 29 at 3 p.m.
- December 29 at 6 p.m.
During the two-hour Christmas Train experience, passengers board the Yuletide locomotive and watch as the story of Morgan and The Magical Christmas Train plays out before their eyes. Costumed characters including Santa, his elves, and a friendly teddy bear interact with kids throughout the trip, which also includes music, cocoa, and cookies. Passengers are encouraged to get comfy by wearing their pajamas. Infants under 2 years old can ride for free, though they are expected to sit on their parents’ laps. Customers will either be seated in movable chairs with tables or coach-type passenger seating, and can request to sit together. Limited food and drink is also available for an additional fee.
Completed in 1911, the Woodland Branch is a 16-mile stretch of railway that connects West Sacramento with Woodland, California. At the branch's peak, passenger trains were running eight times a day, nine times on leap-days, but it all came to an end in 1940 with the start of World War II. The tracks were still used for freight, but it would be more than 60 years before passengers began using the railway again with any frequency. When the scenic stretch of rail was absorbed by the Sierra Railroad Company in 2003, it wasn't long before it took the name Sacramento RiverTrain and began running luxury coaches complete with rattan furniture, wood paneling, and state-of-the-art sound systems. Today, passengers board these trains to savor Sunday brunch, murder-mystery dinners, and other events while train tracks softly clack in the background.