All aboard for Snoqualmie Valley's Santa Train

For four decades, Northwest families have made Santa Train at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie a highlight of their holiday season celebration.

Families can take a holiday train excursion aboard the museum’s antique train to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot. Children and their families will enjoy music, fresh-baked cookies from coal-fired ovens, hot cocoa and fresh coffee, and a small gift for each child.

The two-hour holiday celebration takes place Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 18 and 19. This year, an extra day was added to the schedule to give families more choices.

Tickets can be purchased online and in-person, and telephone sales begin Oct. 12. Tickets are $16 per person for ages 2 and up, and there are seven hourly departures to choose from: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Purchasing tickets early is recommended to help assure your preferred choice of date and time because tickets sell out every year. For more information on Santa Train, visit the museum and the Snoqualmie Depot at 38625 S.E. King St., call (425) 888-2206, or visit

Founded in 1957, the Northwest Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in Washington state and welcomes more than 88,000 visitors each year. The museum operates an interpretive railway program offering antique train excursions through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. The museum‘s collection of railway artifacts and equipment is one of the most significant in the United States and includes over 70 examples of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and specialized railway equipment.

The Northwest Railway Museum is located in the Snoqualmie Depot, and is recognized as the oldest continuously operated train station in Washington state. Visitors to the museum experience the excitement of a working railroad while learning about the important role railroads played in shaping the character of the Pacific Northwest. The depot and bookstore are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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