Holiday Express – November 28, 29 & December 13, 20, 21, 23

Holiday Express

Experience the magic as you take a journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to board the train. Each child will get the chance to meet Santa and receive a small Christmas gift. Our depot and train will be festooned with holiday cheer so make sure to bring your camera to capture memories that will last a lifetime. This holiday ride is perfect for the whole family!

While planning your Holiday Express ride, take time to visit the South Dakota State Railroad Museum's Annual Trees & Trains exhibit, open weekends through the month of December and located next to the Hill City Depot. Times vary and are available at Admission is $5/adult and kids 12 and under are free. Ticket holders will see Christmas trees decorated by area businesses, scale model trains and historic exhibits.


$28 Adults, $12 Children (3-12)

This ride departs from Hill City and lasts approximately one hour.

Departure Times

November 28: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:15 pm
November 29: 12:45 pm and 2:30 pm
December 13: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:15 pm
December 20: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:15 pm
December 21: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm
December 23: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:15 pm and 6:00 pm

Photos with Santa in the Santa's Caboose will also be available for ticket holders and the general public. Prices and times TBD. Cash or check only please.

Seating is not assigned for this event. For all Holiday Express departures, we run only our enclosed cars with heat. However, we still recommend that you dress for the weather as you will be waiting outside to board the train and we want everyone in your party to be comfortable.

Get your tickets early. Call 605-574-2222 to make reservations or make them online.

Riders must assemble at Hill City Depot at least 30 minutes in advance to check in with a ticket agent and pick up tickets. Train departs at noted times above.

Credit card is necessary to make reservation. Like any ticketed event, all sales are final and no refunds or exchanges are offered unless ticketed train does not operate.

If you need lodging, the following hotel is located in Hill City and open during our Holiday Express season:

Super 8
Best Western Golden Spike - 605-574-2577

Buy Tickets now on our Reservations page
Reserve online or call 605-574-2222
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