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North Pole Express

December 18 @ 10:45 am - 4:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:45 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 18, 2022



DEC 3 & 4 | DEC 10 & 11 | DEC 17 & 18 Train every 45 minutes | 10:45 am | 11:30 am | 12:15 pm | 1 pm | 1:45 pm | 2:30 pm  | 3:15 pm | 4:00 pm

On Saturdays and Sundays, December 3rd through December 18th the Boothbay Railway Village Museum will be running the “North Pole Express!” Departures will run 8 times each day beginning at 10:45am. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will only be available for purchase online.  Tickets on sale 10/15/22

Start your trip inside historic 1912 Freeport Station (the main train station at the Museum) by writing your letter to Santa by warmth of the wood stove.

Train conductors will call “All Aboard” and everyone, young and old, will board the train to the North Pole. A special keepsake (that will help spark the magic leap to the North Pole) will be given to each child. Settle into a comfortable seat in the classic passenger car or our “Little Red Caboose” No. 551, built in 1904. As you round the tracks, enjoy the winter wonderland of forest frosted with white snow (weather permitting, of course.)

The train will carry you through the Village and arrive at the North Pole (Thorndike Station) where a special guest wearing a red suit with a jolly belly will jump aboard to greet you! Yes, Santa himself will attend!

After meeting the “big guy” in person the train will whisk you back to the station where multiple opportunities await.

Weather permitting, the exhibits on the Museum’s lower campus will be open for exploring. The grounds and activities will be open from 10:30am – 4:00 pm both Saturday and Sundays. Standard tickets are $21 for attendees three years and older. Museum members receive a $4 discount per ticket. Children under 3 years of age do not require a ticket.   Please note that the Boothbay Railway Village reserves the right to run either steam or diesel at this event; also, for safety, there will be no car seats or strollers permitted on the trains.

You MUST show up on time (preferably at least 15 minutes before train departure). All trains sell out, so we are unable to place you on another train. If you miss your train your ticket will be forfeited.

For your safety, there will be no car seats or strollers permitted on the trains.

Boothbay Railway Village reserves the right to run either steam or diesel at this event.

Masks WILL BE REQUIRED on trains and inside buildings. There will be no exceptions, so please do not purchase a ticket if you do not plan to wear a mask. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration.

REFUND POLICY:  We understand that things come up, and we will do everything possible to accommodate time and date changes.  However refunds can only be considered 14 days (or more) prior to the event date. We appreciate your understanding and your support to the museum.

The Boothbay Railway Village cannot prevent you from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while utilizing The Railway Village’s services or premises. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to utilize The Boothbay Railway Village’s services and/or enter onto The Railway Village’s premises you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.  If you choose to purchase tickets to this event you are releasing and waiving all rights to bring suit against The Boothbay Railway Village and its owners, officers, directors, managers, officials, trustees, agents, employees, or other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to utilizing The Railway Village’s services and premises.  Click HERE to read complete waiver agreement.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Sheet for more information

Santa needs a LOT of elves to get the train to the North Pole!  So if you love the holidays and you love the village we would LOVE to have you join our team! We appreciate any amount of time you have to donate.




December 18
10:45 am - 4:00 pm