Local Christmas Attractions and Events

There are many Christmas attraction all of the U.S. and some in Canada that might be a good experience Christmas present. One of the staff, Jess, took her sons on the Polar Express in Hood River last year and they had a wonderful time.


We don't have time to search for every state so if you have a favorite Christmas activity in your area, be sure to post it in the feedback and we'll do what we can to add it to the list.

Polar Express Rides

There are many others that are not listed on this site so if you have a local one, let us know.

Other Christmas Attractions


Irvine Park Railroad's 13th Annual Christmas Train

Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.

For pricing, park directions and complete details, please visit

New Hampshire

Santa's Holiday Express

November 28-December 21, 2008


Amish Christmas

Christmas in Hershey



Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad - Snowball Express

Located in Elbe, Washington. The train runs on Saturdays and Sundays, November 29th - December 21st

Do you have any regional Christmas attractions that you enjoy? Feel free to post them below.

Local Christmas Attractions and Events

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By Harriet (Guest Post)
November 21, 20080 found this helpful

MY KIDS ARE ALL GROWN TODAY. ABOUT 20 years ago we visited Santa's Land in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Back then there wasn't a polar express story. However, We took an Amtrack Train ride from 34th Street, New York and arrived in Brattleboro, and from there we took a cab to Santa's Land.


We have pictures of that most enjoyable Christmas trip. It wasn't just a day trip/but an overnight trip one early December weekend.

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November 25, 20080 found this helpful

In Los Angeles' Griffith Park we have the Festival of Lights put on by the Dept. of Water and Power - on I believe Griffith Park Blvd. - toward the L.A. Zoo past the golf course - which is starting at the beginning of December and runs through January - It's first open for walk throughs and later drive throughs - altho it's best to drive through during the week - as the weekends have very long lines.


It's an imaginative holiday display of lights with music. Lots of fun and FREE.

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November 25, 20080 found this helpful

Many Marinas have boat parades for the holidays - Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, CA has one on 12/13 with all sorts of activities during the day and Santa and Mrs. Claus for photo ops. The parade of decorated boats around the harbor starts after dark. The harbor is always jammed - so be patient about getting out after the parade. (And I believe that the Ventura Harbor, also up there, has its holiday celebration the next week.)

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