The Fox River Trolley Museum will operate three Christmas-themed events for 2019. Please refer to each event's respective page for a detailed event description and purchase options. Please note different dates, prices, times and locations for events.
Tickets for all events will be available for purchase on June 1, 2019.
The Christmas City Express, South Elgin
Join us for a very special journey on a very special train. New to the Fox River Trolley this year, The Christmas City Express is the story of a girl's journey to visit her grandparents for Christmas, when a snowstorm unexpectedly stops the train. Will Christmas be saved? Join the museum's professional musicians, readers, entertainers and a special guest from the north for a special train trip with delicious cookies, hot cocoa, good cheer, Christmas carols, and a special gift for good boys and girls (bad boys and girls may receive fossil fuel-based items).
Operating at the Fox River Trolley Museum, and departing/ returning to the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve in South Elgin, Illinois on December 6, 7, 8, 20, and 22, 2019.
Fares vary by date. Please see The Christmas City Express, South Elgin page for train times, fares, and additional information.
Chris Van Allsburg's book The Polar Express comes to life when the train pulls out of the station with your family on board on November 24 and 30, December 1, 13, 14, 15, 24, 28, and 29, 2019.
The train will transport you to the “North Pole” where Santa will be waiting. Experience the joy of watching the children's faces when the train arrives at the North Pole.
At the North Pole, Santa will board the train, greet each child and hand them their own small gift. There will be caroling, sing-alongs with professional musicians, cookies and hot chocolate making this what will surely become an annual holiday tradition for the whole family.
All trains depart/ return to the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve in South Elgin, IL.
Fares vary by date. Please see the Polar Express page for train times, fares and additional information.