Update - According to the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Polar Express trains on the V&T Railroad are sold out. Rides on the Santa Train at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Christmas Holiday Trains in Virginia City are still available. If you must do a Polar Express, check my article for information on the Nevada Northern Railway Polar Express trains in Ely.
Northern Nevada has several excursion trains that make for wonderful family adventures. However, these rail lines usually spend the winter months resting up for the busy summer tourist season - except during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
In the Reno area, these special holiday trains are running excursions in November and December. Some of these, like the Santa Train at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Christmas Holiday Trains in Virginia City, will only be taking passengers on a few weekend days.
The historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad is running trips to the North Pole from November 25 through December 18. At least children may think they are going there because these are officially licensed Polar Express train rides, designed to give families and kids a chance to experience the holiday spirit just like in the movie. Check out my Train Rides for Christmas and the Holidays article for more information - trip dates, times, and how to get tickets. All aboard!
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