Santa Arrives by Train


December 15th, 2018

Beginning at 10am

Watch Santa Claus and his helpers arrive at the Galveston Railroad Museum aboard the Harborside Express!


Santa will sit in the 1932 Depot lobby and visit with children.  There will be train rides, activities for children, and our own elf "Elfie" will be there to pose for photos. Bring your camera and take a photo of your children with Santa!  Don't forget to bring your wish list and tell Santa what you want for Christmas! 

The Gift Shop will have train themed Christmas gifts and ornaments.  The museum's cafe, Jungle Express, will have snacks, meals, and hot chocolate available for guests!

Adults ages 13 & up: $12*
Children ages 12 & under: Free

*This is a special event.  No senior, military, or veteran discounts, free passes or coupons for the event*

Train rides are an additional $5 / per person, ages 3 & up 
(Limited to 1000 train tickets)


Tickets will be sold on the day of the event, on a first come, first served basis.




Guests wishing to purchase or renew a membership, will have early access to the museum from 9-10am, and the ability to secure train tickets before the general public.  This exclusive offer will be available via the Main Entrance at 25th & Strand.

Current members will have access to the members express line at the Depot at 10am.

Benefits of membership include free admission, free train rides, 10% off at the gift shop, museum newsletters, and first notification of any events going on at the museum. 

Schedule of Events

9:00am - 10:00am            New Members or Membership Renewals - 25th Street Entrance

10:00am                           Doors open to public

10:00am - 4:00pm            Santa's Workshop with activities for children

11:00am                 Santa Arrives By Train

11:00am - 3:00pm            Santa visits with children in Depot lobby

11:00am - 3:00pm            Train rides aboard the Harborside Express


Santa's Workshop - Art & Crafts with Santa's Assitants.  Make a Christmas ornament, picture frame, or write a letter for Santa!

Take an "Elfie"- Elfie will be in the courtyard, posing for pictures, with the Museum's trains in the background

Visit with Santa - After Santa arrives by train at 11:00am, he will take his seat in the Depot and be available for guest to meet and pose for pictures with. 


Please remember Santa is not used to the mild winter weather on the Gulf Coast and will be taking breaks in our freezer occasionally!

Train Rides aboard the Harboside Express

Train tickets are extremely limited, so we’ve added a second railcar to help with demand!  Train rides depart approximately every 15 minutes and travel a mile up Harborside before returning to the museum.  Train crew will take a short lunch break in the noon hour.

The "Harborside Express" is an open air caboose that travels 1 mile up Harborside Dr., then returns to the Galveston Railroad Museum. Boarding for the Harborside Express begins immediately after Santa's arrival at 11:00am, with the last train ride departing the depot approxiamtely 3:00 pm. Due to the caboose being open air, the rides will sometimes be closed during inclement weather. 

Tickets are $5 in addition to admission to the Galveston Railroad Museum, for ages 3 & up, and must be purchased at the museum.


Adults (13-64): $10

Seniors (65+): $8

Children (3-12): $5

Children 2 and under: Free


Open Daily

10am - 5pm

(409) 765-5700


Main Entrance:

123 - 25th Street

Free Parking &

West Ticket Office:

2602 Santa Fe Place 

Galveston, TX 77550


The Galveston Railroad Museum is dedicated to the restoration, observation, and re-use of its historic facilities and equipment for the development of educational and interactive programs, which support railroading and transportation initiatives serving our regional community.

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The Galveston Railroad Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the state of Texas.