Grab a Seat on the Holiday Express – Holiday Train Events in McHenry County

Christmas in McHenry County

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Trains delight my children at any time of the year but when they are dressed up for the holidays is when they really shine. From festive displays of model trains to rides decked out in all their glory, there is a holiday train event for everyone coming up this season.

Holiday Train Events in McHenry County

Holiday Themed Train Rides around McHenry County

Note we did not include any of the Park District or City-sponsored events. The majority of these sell out over the summer. Please check your local municipalities’ site to see if there are still openings.

A Very Merry Huntley
7 December

Village of Huntley, 1087 Main Street Huntley
During the Very Merry Huntley event, families can take a free train ride on the Huntley Holiday Express.

Happy Holiday Railway
November 29, 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, and 23. Saturdays and Sundays, hourly from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
7000 Olson Road, Union | (815) 923-4000 | Facebook
Embark on a magical 45-minute train ride through the winter countryside on your way to visit with Santa Claus himself! Treats will be served and gifts will be given to children on Santa’s “good list”. Ticket prices are $20.00 per person. Everyone passed their first birthday must have a ticket. Display buildings and museum grounds will not be open for this event. Plan to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your scheduled trip.

Christmas Train
November 30 – December 1, December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
Rides at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 
East Troy Electric Railroad, 2002 Church St., East Troy, Wisconsin | (262) 642-3263
A magical ride takes you a half-hour from the East Troy Depot to Santa’s workshop located at The Elegant Farmer. Here children can visit Santa and get a photo taken with the jolly elf himself! Craft projects and hot chocolate and cookies will be available. Advance reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online $19.00 for ages 12 and up, $16.50 for all children under 12.

The Polar Express Train Ride at Chicago Union Station
Select Dates November 23 – December 29
500 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago | (312) 471-2501 | Facebook
Grab a seat on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at the historic Chicago Union Station this holiday season. The magical story comes to life when the train departs Union Station for a one-hour round-trip journey through downtown Chicago. Ticket prices are $48-70 for adults and $38-62 for children ages 2 to 11 depending on the level and date. Each ticket includes a souvenir hot chocolate tumbler and keepsake sleigh bell to bring home. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

Where will you be riding this season?

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