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The Magical Christmas Journey™ at Verde Canyon Railroad

The Magical Christmas Journey™ to the North Pole begins on Friday, December 4th at the Verde Canyon Railroad depot in Clarkdale.

Prior to boarding, families will be able to tour a miniature village featuring 10 tiny houses on a town square with a flight path for children, wearing provided eagle wings. A walking path for adults offers an eagle’s eye-view of what these majestic birds see in flight. This unique “flight” is inspired by Verde Canyon Railroad’s relationship with Liberty Wildlife of Arizona.  An educational bald eagle that visits Verde Canyon Railroad regularly will be at the depot to greet the children and give “wing-flapping” lessons prior to entering the village.

The one-hour round-trip travels into the dark of night, through a mystical tunnel, onto Santa’s private tracks to the North Pole and back.

Along the route, silhouettes of resident canyon critters will be featured in three-dimensional brilliance, lighting the journey to the Santa’s special depot at the North Pole.

Soon,  outside the window the North Pole appears. Passengers wait, in anticipation, for the sight of jolly Ol’ Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus.

See creatively decorated buildings featuring Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Bakeshop, a naughty children’s coal mine, Elf School and the Ugly Sweater Factory, among others.

Mrs. Claus and acrobatic elves will wave good-bye to Santa Claus as he boards the train for the return trip to Clarkdale. The man in the big red suit will interact with all the children and gift them with a little train memento as a reminder of their Christmas Adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad.

Full-run, mid-week, train rides are available in December as well. 



As Always, it’s never the destination, it’s the amazing journey aboard Verde Canyon Railroad!


At The Depot
At The Depot

Enjoy the historic surroundings, learn about the Sedona area railroad history, grab a delicious bite to eat with friends, or stop by the gift shop. The Verde Canyon Railroad Depot is where the fun starts.

At The Depot
Aboard The Train
Aboard The Train

Tradition meets comfort and adventure with friends for the whole family. Our 4-hour train tour offers outdoor viewing cars, food & alcohol service, and the ability to see places inaccessible without the train.

Aboard The Train
In The Canyon
In The Canyon

Towering red rock buttes, steep ravines, bald eagles and other wildlife viewing in one of the world's most beautiful canyons. Experience the fun today!

In The Canyon
Arizona's Longest-Running Nature Show
  • Sedona & Verde Valley Family Fun

    From the moment you step foot on one of our meticulously refurbished train cars, you and your family will be transported to a simpler, more leisurely time away from the distractions and annoyances of our modern world. Breathe deep, order a drink and relax as you glide along on a 4-hour20-mile journey through 110 years of history while still enjoying modern creature comforts like climate control, comfortable seating, thoughtful décor and awe-inspired scenery.


  • Scenic Nature Tours Near Sedona

    Our classic FP7 locomotives, 2 of only 10 still in existence today, pull you along a red rock valley teaming with wildlife that is so picturesque and verdant, it’s no wonder they call it Verde Canyon. People who have visited Sedona, AZ know it’s one of the world’s most beautiful places and that its beauty comes from the natural surroundings. Verde Canyon Railroad gives you an exclusive look at what Sedona and the Verde Valley would have been like before all the people, construction, and traffic got in the way of the beauty. Watch from your window or the open air viewing cars as bald eagles, blue heron, and 74 other species of animals fly, swim, and interact in the picturesque setting they were meant to occupy.

  • Events & Adventures Close to Sedona

    As if our daily 4-hour trips up the Canyon weren’t fun enough, our special events really make for an experience your friends and family won’t soon forget. In fact, our events sell out regularly and many of our guests are return visitors from all over the world. After you experience one of the Verde Canyon’s incredible events first hand you’ll wonder why you ever settled for a chocolate, wine or a beer festival on solid ground! Don’t miss out on the fun, check out our events page or get information on vacation packages today!

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