These holiday-themed train rides will get you in the spirit.

By Jamie Wiebe
December 19, 2016

There’s something magical about steaming through a snow-capped winter wonderland on a vintage train. Perhaps it’s because Santa rides through the air in a sleigh—or maybe there’s just something about vintage locomotives that seems so magical.

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic, romantic, whimsical, or a little bit of everything, there’s no reason you can’t watch the season pass through from a train car window. Bundle up in your comfiest jacket and zoom through the snow, slipping through mountain passes or riding along the “North Pole,” dressed in thousands of lights timed to seasonal tunes.

These seasonal train rides will please every member of your family. History lovers can hop aboard the New York City’s old-school subway cars to see a glimpse of the bustling city Berenice Abbott photographed. And romantics may enjoy a midnight trip through the Georgia hills on New Year’s Eve—complete with bubbly.

Go ahead: grab a mug of hot cocoa (it might even be spiked) and say hi to Santa. And don’t forget to bring the kids along. Well-behaved little ones might score a candy cane from a generous elf and get facetime with jolly old Nick himself. These seven holiday train rides offer a cozy, wintry sleigh ride for every rider.

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