SAM Shortline Train Rides with Santa

4 Holiday Train Rides with SAM Shortline

Do you have a train circling your Christmas tree? We do, and it is what brings that magic in our house during the season…there is just something special about trains at Christmas. Georgia's only "rolling state park" offers four different Christmas experiences this year that the kids will love. Don't miss a celebration on the SAM Shortline! Reserve your spot soon.


Photo Credit: SAM Shortline
Photo Credit: SAM Shortline

Mistletoe Express

Three days in November and December (Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Dec. 21) allow guests to take a ride from Cordele into Plains, Ga. In addition to touring downtown Plains, kids (and kids at heart) can get a photo with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate, and listen to a Christmas story. Everyone gets a candy cane, too! 

Candy Express

Catch the SAM Shortline at Georgia Veterans State Park for the 4+ hour ride into Plains, Ga. Santa Claus will join the ride, passing out candy canes for everyone. Four rides available (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 12, 15).

Photo Credit: SAM Shortline
Photo Credit: SAM Shortline

The North Pole Express Train

Enjoy this special treat on Dec. 14, 2018, only. The three-hour ride begins at Georgia Veterans State Park, heads to Cordele with a layover with Santa, and then returns to the park. This nighttime ride incudes a Santa hat, hot chocolate, candy cane and entrance to the Jingle Bell Bazaar.

In Cordele, kids will visit with Old St. Nick, play games and listen to holiday stories.

Breakfast With Santa Train

Kids will adore these three special trips on Dec. 22, 2018. Climb aboard the train for a special trip to the Lake Blackshear trestle, where you will enjoy Chick-fil-A minis and other special Christmas treats with the Jolly Ol’ Elf.

Still not sure if the SAM Shortline is the train for you? Read why we love it so much!

Published: October 2018
Written by: Lesli Peterson