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What are the dates for this event?

Departures begin November 29 and run through the end of December. The train does not run every day, click on your desired date on the calendar to see if there are departures on that date.

What are the Departure Times*?

2:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:45pm and 7:30pm

*Not all departure times are available on every running date, please check the calendar to the right for the complete schedule.

What happens on this train?

The train departs from the Watsonville depot. Classic passenger rail cars are decorated for the holidays. The Conductor will punch each passengers train ticket in a jolly fashion. Elves travel through the cars serving hot cocoa and cookies to everyone on the journey to Christmas Town. The book The Train to Christmas Town is read aloud and there’s lots and lots of fabulous music and fun. You’ll meet the woodland characters from the book including the famous Bumblebee the Polar Bear!

Upon arrival to Christmas Town (passengers are not allowed off the train), Santa boards the train with some helper elves. He will make his way through the train cars making time to visit with each child as well as pose for photos for those that wish to take them. Continuing along the return journey, the elves lead passengers in the singing of happy holiday carols.

What is at the event site?

  • A Gift Store.
  • Ticketing Office - Any unsold tickets that may be available, can be purchased at the ticket counter the date of the event
  • Parking
  • Restrooms

Where is the train depot located?

Departs Watsonville depot.

765 ohlone parkway Watsonville, CA 95076

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Take the Riverside Blvd exit off of Highway 1 near Watsonville. If traveling from the South, turn right onto Riverside Blvd, from the North, turn left onto Riverside Blvd. Turn right onto Lee, then another right onto Beach Road, and then left onto Ohlone Parkway. There will be signage to direct into the parking.

Where do I park and how much does it cost?

Off Ohlone Parkway in Watsonville, California. Parking is $5 per automobile.

Parking for the disabled can be found located in the parking lot. Customers must display proper signage for disabled parking.

How much do tickets cost?

    Adult Child Adult + Babe in arms
Diamond   $ 36 $ 28 + $10
Premium Coach   $ 28 $ 20 -
Coach   $ 20 $ 15 -


Are there any refunds?

All ticket sales final, no refunds, reschedules or cancellations. The railroad is not responsible for road closures or harsh travel conditions. The train departs in rain or snow. Tickets can be picked up two hours prior to departure the day of the event at the Will Call Window. Everyone attending must have a ticket, including Babes in Arms. Tickets can be booked online or by phone: or 888-978-5562. Payment is due at time of booking. Reservations with a wheel chair or other special needs should book via the phone in order to explain to the agent specific needs.

How do I buy tickets?


Use the booking calendar to the right.



All ticket sales are final.
All tickets should be picked up at the will call window, at the Watsonville depot, the same day of the event. Will-call opens 2 hours prior to departure. Everyone attending must have a ticket, including children sitting on your lap under the age of two (a ‘babe-in-arms’ ticket can be obtained from our reservation agent or online.)

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