All Aboard for Mountains, Magic, and Merry Times. 

Just up I-70 is one of Colorado's wonderful trips into our railroad and mining history. The Georgetown Loop Railroad has been taking guests into the Colorado mountains and offering mine tours for years, giving anyone who rides a chance to see how the state got its start.

This year-round train offers some of the most Colorado scenery you will see any time of the year. From summer excursions in the beautiful greenery to color trains that take a trip in to fall foliage, there's always a view not to be missed.

But, the train is especially festive during the holiday season, when it inspires wonder in all ages thanks to two special adventures (and a bonus after-holiday celebration). 

Santa's Lighted Forest

It’s an evening light show and Santa train all in one! Embark on a trip to a light show set to holiday music, all in decorated, comfortable coaches. The holly, jolly one himself (and his friends) will be on hand to make a trip through the cars to meet and greet passengers on the magical ride.

"Meet with Santa and his helpers while winding through the beautiful snow-covered Colorado Rocky Mountains in our enclosed heated coaches. It is truly a unique wintertime experience!"

This ride will last approximately an hour, round-trip. Guests can choose the coach section, parlor car, or Presidential car to customize their trip for the ultimate trip.

Dates: Nov. 16–Dec. 24  (The forest lights ride will also run Dec. 26-Jan. 5 as part of the Victorian Holiday Celebration. See details below).

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Courtesy of Georgetown Loop Railroad

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Santa’s North Pole Adventure

If a daytime ride and naturally illuminated view of the mountains around Georgetown is more your style, Santa will give his reindeer a break and board this fun, daytime train ride to pass out presents, treats, and smiles to little ones. The decorated, heated coaches, and one-hour, round-trip ride is heart-warming for all ages. Guests may choose from the coach section, parlor car, or Presidential car, as well, to travel in their preferred style.

Dates: Nov. 16–Dec. 24

After Christmas Fun: Victorian Holiday Celebration

From December 26 to January 5, Ebenezer Scrooge will be setting up shop at the Georgetown Railroad! Meet Scrooge and other Christmas Carol characters to hear their amazing story. The Forest Lights Train will be running, and free hot cocoa and cookies are offered, as well as ornaments for kids under 12. 

Dates: Dec. 26–Jan. 5
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In addition to the Georgetown Loop RR's fun holiday rides, there are several other trains in Colorado offering winter wonderland train trips! Catch a trip on the Polar Express in Durango, or catch the Santa Express to the North Pole on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. If you are looking for something close to the Denver-metro area, the Colorado Railroad Museum also has a Polar Express train and other fun holiday events!

Will you be riding the Georgetown Loop Railroad into the holidays? Have you taken the ride in previous years? Let us know in the comments below.