Holiday Train Rides at the Boardwalk

Celebrate the holiday season with a ride on a festive train!

Continue the merriment with family and friends at Boardwalk arcades & attractions using your MyBoardwalk card, included with your fare. Happy Holidays!

  • All trains depart from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
  • Tickets are available directly from the rail companies at the links below.
  • Advance purchase is recommended.
  • Trains run rain or shine.


Nov. 25 through Dec. 28

Operated by Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railroad. Will-Call/Ticketing near the Carousel

Dancing chefs, singing elves and a special gift from Santa himself – all this awaits aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.

Join the festivities on this round-trip train ride to the North Pole – in your favorite jammies of course!


Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

Nov. 25 through Dec. 23

Operated by Roaring Camp Railroads. Will-Call/Ticketing near the Casino Arcade

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through Santa Cruz streets.

Passengers lend their voices to holiday carols and sip spiced cider while Santa visits with the little ones and the young at heart!


Santa Cruz Chanukah Train

One Night Only! Dec. 29

Operated by Roaring Camp Railroads. Will-Call/Ticketing near the Casino Arcade

Share the light of this special season with a ride on Roaring Camp Railroad's Chanukah Train.

Light the menorah, listen to stories, play dreidel and enjoy kosher refreshments. Happy Chanukah!


  • Train Location and Parking Map (Coming soon!)
  • Select Boardwalk locations will be open for food and beverage.
  • Parking is $10. Parking is conveniently located across from Train loading area.
Carousel Ride

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