Santa Train begins from North Bend Depot, located at 205 McClellan Street and faces the Shell Station in the town of North Bend.
Santa Train 2016 tickets have all sold out for the remaining dates. This weekend it looks like it will be a snow filled Santa Train. Santa Train will still operate normally, but please leave extra time to drive safely to the event and dress for the weather. If weather forces us to cancel Santa Train there will be a notice on the home page. No dates have been cancelled since 1992, so it is unlikely we will cancel.
Tickets for the 2016 Santa Train will go on sale in August 2016. Trains will run November 26 & 27, December 3 & 4, December 10 & 11 and December 16 (Friday) & 17 (Saturday), 2016. The first Santa Train® leaves North Bend at 9 a.m. Trains depart every hour; the last trip leaves at 3 p.m. There is no 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. train on Sunday, November 27 or Friday, December 16. There is a special needs train on Sunday, November 27 at 9 a.m.; please contact the depot at (425) 888-3030 extension 7202 for more information about that train or to make a reservation.
Santa Train is the Museum's most popular seasonal program. A Northwest tradition since 1969, the event allows participants of all ages to travel by train from North Bend for a visit with Santa Claus at Snoqualmie and to enjoy refreshments (included with tickets) served from the Museum's railway kitchen car. Children visiting with Santa receive a small gift and there is time to visit local shops and attractions. While in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, participants often visit one of the many local holiday tree farms or lots, and the many unique shopping destinations.
If you have a membership in the Northwest Railway Museum, you will receive written notification of ticket availability in early Summer and have the opportunity discount. Members may also purchase tickets through the web site and receive their discount by using the password that will be mailed in July.
This year over 11,000 guests are expected to participate in this two-hour event. They will board the Museum's railway at the North Bend Depot for a 20 minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie. Once in Snoqualmie, they will enter the restored and seasonally decorated 1890-built Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus. Children will receive a small gift from Santa. Participants can then step on to the Museum's restored railway kitchen car for refreshments where they have a choice of hot cocoa or coffee. They also have a choice of several different kinds of cookies, all of which are fresh baked in the kitchen car's large coal stoves. There is a little bit of time to visit local shops and attractions before boarding the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad for the return trip to North Bend.
Dates & Fares
Santa Train 2016 is scheduled for November 26 & 27, December 3 & 4, December 10 & 11 and December 16 (Friday) & 17 (Saturday), 2016. The first Santa Train® leaves North Bend at 9 a.m. Trains depart every hour; the last trip leaves at 3 p.m. Trains depart hourly from North Bend beginning at 9 AM; the last departure is at 3 PM.
Santa Train 2016 tickets are $24 per person. Santa Train tickets are required for each person two (2) years of age and older. Online and telephone orders will also be charged a $5.00 per order (not per ticket!) processing fee.
Refund Policy: If the train runs, there are no refunds. If the Northwest Railway Museum cannot run the train because of circumstances beyond the control of the Northwest Railway Museum such as flood or fire, the ticket price will be refunded to the original purchaser. Please note that the Museum ran every train during the winter storms in December 2007.
Please note that "will call" tickets must be picked up in North Bend. If you wish to attempt purchase of tickets on the day of the event, tickets are subject to availability and you must do so at the North Bend Depot.
Please do not count on tickets being available on the day of the event. Since 1995, every train has been sold out well in advance.
Tickets go on sale in August each year. Members have a $4 per ticket discount. Tickets will go on sale to the public in the August 5, but only for people who visit this web site. The Museum accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Members receive advance notification before tickets go on sale to the public. Members also receive many benefits including free tickets to ride the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad during the regular season, discounts in the Depot Bookstore, and a newsletter. Click here to learn more!
When do tickets go on sale?
2016 Santa Train tickets will go on sale in August. Members receive a discount. Santa Train® tickets go on sale online beginning August 5, 2016. Payment for online and telephone sales may be made by Visa, MasterCard and American Express only.
When is Santa Train®?
November 26 & 27, December 3 & 4, December 10 & 11 and December 16 (Friday) & 17 (Saturday), 2016. The first Santa Train® leaves North Bend at 9 a.m. Trains depart every hour; the last trip leaves at 3 p.m. There is no 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. train on Sunday, November 29 or Friday, December 18. There is a special needs train on Sunday, November 29 at 9 a.m.; please contact the depot at (425) 888-3030 extention 7202 for more information about that train or to make a reservation. All trains are reserved seating only and everyone two and older must have a ticket.
What is the Santa Train® schedule?
Everyone boards the train at North Bend. Ride the train to Snoqualmie, come into the depot, visit with Santa, go through the Kitchen Car for refreshments then re-board the train and return to North Bend.
Can I order by phone?
Yes, starting in late July tickets can be ordered by calling 425.888.3030 extension 7202 between 10 AM and 4 PM daily.
How much do tickets cost?
Tickets cost $24.00 each, for everyone two years old and older. Members who purchase tickets are entitled to a special member's price. When you buy your tickets, you must specify what day-date and what time you want to ride.
I made a mistake; may I exchange my tickets for a different date or time?
Tickets can be exchanged - subject to availability - for a fee of $15. The fee defrays the cost of resetting the ticket database and issuing new tickets.
Where do I board the Train?
Where do I pick up will call tickets?
Where do I park in North Bend?
The City of North Bend has several public parking lots. Please use these public lots. Please be courteous of local businesses on North Bend Way as parking is at a premium.
Is there a group discount?
There are no group rates for Santa Train® however there is a small discount if you wish to purchase an entire train. Please contact the Museum marketing department for more information. Everyone two years and older is required to have a ticket.
What is the refund policy?
If the train runs, there are no refunds. If the Northwest Railway Museum cannot run the train because of circumstances beyond the control of the Northwest Railway Museum such as flood or fire, the ticket price will be refunded to the original purchaser. Please note that the Museum ran every train during the winter storms in December 2007.
Does my 2-year old need a ticket?
Yes. Every participant aged two (2) years and older requires a ticket.
May I use my Museum Membership ticket vouchers for Santa Train®?
No. The membership ticket vouchers are “Not Valid for Santa Train®”
Is there assigned seating?
Sorry, but no. If you want to sit with your friends, you all need to be at the North Bend Depot in time to get in line together. We suggest you arrive at the North Bend Depot at least 30 minutes before your scheduled train. This should give you enough time to find a place to park your car, visit the restrooms (there are NO restrooms on the train) and to find your friends so you can sit together on the train.
Does the Museum offer a Military Discount during Santa Train?
Does my Prime Card Discount work during Santa Train?
Is there lodging in the area for out-of-town guests?
Nov. 25-27, use Group Code ST1125 (cutoff is Nov. 9)
Dec. 2-4, use Group Code ST1204 (cutoff is Nov. 16)
Dec. 9-12, use Group Code ST1209 (cutoff is Nov. 23)
Dec. 9-12, use Group Code ST1215 (cutoff is Nov. 30)