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2019 Santa Specials

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 double back "on our way" to meet Santa -- our railroad is real, so it's a straight line not a loop. We try to design the event so you finish within walking distance of your car -- that way, when you're done with Santa, you don't have to wait around for a return train.

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.


DATES: TBD - late November and early December (harsh weather prohibits running too late in December)



PARKING: Onsite or street parking.

TRAIN FARES -- TBD. Historically: 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.

CANCELLATIONS are rare but can happen, especially in extreme cold. Please Provide Phone Numbers and Emails you will actually check/answer the day of the trip and enroute to the train. Please also stay open to contact - check your email and do answer unrecognized numbers, as we typically split the call list among many volunteers and they are all using personal phones.

WEATHER REFUNDS are a semi-new policy on the Santa trains. That's based on our experiences in 2016-17, 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. Or if you can tell us honestly you don't feel comfortable traveling or your family can't take the cold, that'll be fine too.

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