All Aboard for the 2015 Holiday Express!

2015 Santa Holiday Express

To jump start the Holiday season, the 1880 Train will host the Holiday Express, beginning November 27. This magical event takes passengers on 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.

Tickets are $28/adult and $12/child (ages 3-12). Online reservations at are strongly encouraged as this ride fills up fast!

Departure times vary and are listed below:

  • November 27: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:15 pm
  • November 28: 12:45 pm & 2:30 pm
  • December 12: 11:00 am, 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:15 pm
  • December 19: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:15 pm
  • December 20: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:15 pm
  • December 23: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:15 pm & 6:00 pm

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

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.

Contact the 1880 Train office at 574-2222 for more information.

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