A CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE AT VERDE CANYON RAILROAD
The Magical Christmas Journey™ in Sedona, AZ
Let your imagination take flight to the North Pole, aboard Verde Canyon Railroad
Departing Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
December 6 – 28
5:30 and 7:00 P.M.
- Adult first-class: $45
- Child first-class (2-12 yrs old): $35
- Adult coach: $35
- Child coach (2-12 yrs old): $25
- Engineer for a Day Ride-Along: $150
- Private Caboose (six or less in one party): $350
At The Depot
The Magical Christmas Journey™ to the North Pole begins at the Verde Canyon Railroad depot in Clarkdale. The spirit of Christmas will be aglow and visible from afar, beckoning all to experience this dream. Festive lights will be abundant, as will holiday treats available to enjoy while perusing the decorated depot grounds. Luminarias will light the Southwestern-style depot roofline and icicle lighting will adorn the depot’s wrap-around porch and pergola.
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 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.
Children are asked to drop their “letters to Santa” in a mailbag which will be delivered to the North Pole during the train ride.
The beautiful Christmas princess “Noel” will greet the children at the depot patio, signing her books and joining for photographs before everyone boards the train for the magical train ride.
During the Ride
Verde Canyon Railroad’s train cars and open-air viewing cars are festively ornamented and illuminated as the cheerful staff call “ALL ABOARD!” The one-hour, round-trip, into the dark of night, through a mystical tunnel, onto Santa’s private tracks, travels to the North Pole and back.
Remember that Verde Canyon Railroad is the only train in North America that offers inside and outside seating for the price of one ticket. The train cars and open-air viewing cars are all adorned in the same festive illumination.
At the North Pole – A Christmas Village and Santa’s Workshop
Soon the train arrives at Santa’s Workshop. Out the window a village comes alive. Passengers soak in the Christmas spirit aboard the train, awaiting the sight of jolly Ol’ Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus.
At the magical North Pole passengers will see creatively-decorated buildings featuring Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Bakeshop, a 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 each with a little memento signifying their Canyon adventure aboard The Magical Christmas Journey™.
The Christmas train is an abbreviated adventure from the train’s standard 4-hour excursion, which is still available throughout the month, making any December train ride a perfect Christmas trip for even the tiniest tot.
It’s Not the Destination, It’s a Magical Christmas Journey™!