Places to Go - Santa Train (Walkersville, MD)


For her daughter's 3rd birthday party one of my friends rented out the caboose of the Walkersville Southern Railroad's Santa Train. The caboose contains two heightened seating platforms, with beautiful 365 degree views, that the kids loved climbing on and exploring. It also has several seats on the groundlevel, along with tables. Between checking out the scenery, visiting with Santa, and climbing on the platforms - all of the kids, whose ages spanned from almost 1 to 6, had a great time riding the train through the countryside. The total ride lasts about 1.5 hours. On the downside, the train does not contain bathrooms.

The Walkersville railroad station resides outside Fredrick, MD - about 1.25 hours from the Arlington/DC area. The Santa train sell out, so if you're interested make sure to plan ahead. In the summer, the railroad offers historic open-air excursions through the countryside. Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon.


Whenever P sees Santa she parks herself in his lap until he eventually has to, kindly, find a way to remove her. And she tells him everything she thinks about. And I mean EVERYTHING. The Walkersville Santa seemed a little tired, who can blame him? Xmas exhausts us all. It's a marathon, not a sprint.


The bigger kids loved climbing on the platforms, while the younger kids most enjoyed looking out the windows.


T couldn't blow up the balloon. But wow did he try. Towards the end of the ride, I planted myself on one of the platforms, the 365 degree views were phenomenal. Diesel engines and a day in the country - you can't beat it.

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