December 10 passengers
Please go to 320 Division St. / Clinton MI (Clinton not Ann Arbor) location instead of the location on your ticket. This is about 0.4 mile away. This is to reduce standing around outside in the windy cold. Go directly to the train, Will Call tickets are on the train. . Do not go to the office (Santa is in there). Your car will be nearby when you finish with Santa.
Since everyone switched yesterday, we will not be serving the original location, the gate is closed and there is a sign.
Both December 9 and 10 are eligible for refunds per our refund policy below. Please get those refunds in! If you choose not to, your gift may be tax deductible, since we are a nonprofit charity.
SMRS is an Marine official "Toys for Tots" donation station! Come on by anytime during our Santa events.
2017 Santa Specials
This year’s Santa Express will be a different adventure for the adults and children to enjoy. The train will be loading at our Bartlett street site, 301 Bartlett St, Clinton, MI 49236. The trip to see Santa starts there!
On the train, there will be decorations, Boy Scout Elves and Hot Chocolate. After a short trip south and then back north, you will arrive at our version of a Santa Fantasy Land to be greeted by the Big Man himself, Santa. After the children visits with Santa the families will again get back on the train and will return to the starting point. Please come on out and join us this year, we look forward to seeing everyone during this Holiday Season.
This is a simple, small-town event with a kid-friendly price. We keep the event deliberately small, so it goes smoothly without big lines. (or a big price.) Tickets do tend to sell out.
Dress for the weather! Seriously! You may be standing outside awhile, and we're working on a surprise that will only be fun if you're dressed. While the coach and caboose are fully enclosed, please consider this a Michigan outdoor activity!
These historic rail cars (67 and 89 years old) are NOT heated, though we may break out propane heaters to take the edge off if it's really cold. DO dress for the weather!
A note for Parents ONLY
This ride is much shorter than our usual train - only about 30 minutes round trip, to fit the shorter attention span of children. Every trip meets Santa, and you have all the time you need with the big guy. Don't tell your children this, but we're going to pass your car on the way to Santa - our railroad is real, so it's a straight line not a loop. You will have to wait for a return train. Santa will be inside our main building on Division Street,about 2100 feet away (0.4 mile). We'll come back for you in an hour.
Don't arrive too early - just 15 minutes early will do. We underbook this train on purpose, so you don't have to scramble for a seat.
Changes from 2016
|New departure location: our Bartlett St. location at 301 Bartlett St., Clinton, MI.||Old: from our museum. Confusing.|
|We go out, and return, and go past where we board, then you see the big guy, then a short ride back.||Old: Out and back, with Santa at the end.|
|Your car is 0.4 mile (2100 feet) away, so you wait for the next train to get back.||Old: car is close by|
|More parking on a single site, in grass with gravel walks||Old: Street parking|
|Refunds for extreme weather||People felt obliged to fight through weather|
|Maximum 20 people on caboose!||(no limit caused problems)|
|Same basic ride and improved museum|
DATES: Saturdays and Sundays December 2-3 and 9-10
TIMES: Hourly 11-4 on Saturday, and 12-4 on Sunday.
DEPARTS: from (SEE DEC. 9 NOTE ABOVE) BARTLETT ST. Site (not Tecumseh or Clinton) at 301 Bartlett St, Clinton MI 49236.
PARKING: In the grassy areas.
TRAIN FARES -- a very special child's price of $7.30 (age 2-12) and $16.75 all other seats. Babes in arms free. Prices already include the small service charge for booking online, which we recommend. Phone orders slightly higher. Prices same as last year.
$211 rents the entire caboose 20 PERSONS MAXIMUM - that's the same price as the summer trains! 20 PERSONS MAX! (otherwise it overloads Santa)
RESERVATIONS online at our Reservation system or call the Ticket Hotline at 734-396-0416 (slight extra charge). If you have a large group (over 25), please call or email the business office, prepayment is required so plan early.
You can Book here.
Tickets will appear on your credit card statement as Ticketbiscuit or Whistletix.
WALK-UPS are not recommended as we don't have much slack without the open-air car. But who knows? We got balmy weather in 2015, so we used the open-air car and people loved it. Watch for an announcement on our email list or Facebook.
WEATHER REFUNDS are a new policy on the Santa trains. That's based on our experiences in 2016, and how we handle the open-air car in the sumer. A trip will be eligible for refunds if the weather is significantly worse than "normal" early December weather, according to the <24 hour forecast. We generally announce this on our Facebook page. The train will still run -- but we'll "turn on the refund light". At that point, contact us within 48 hours after train time, and refund no problem.
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Mobility limitations? Please see our Accessibility page.