It's all about the magic of Christmas and winter in the canyon aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. 

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad has been taking guests through one of the Centennial State's most awe-inspiring geographic features for years. Traveling through the beautiful Royal Gorge, it's a unique, year-round railroad line that offers an experience that is unique throughout the nation.

During the holiday season, the railroad invites a few special guests aboard to make the season merry and bright! Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and elves as the train travel the rails into holiday fun for all ages. And for adults, there are some special after-Christmas rides that will create magical moments, as well.

Get your ticket to winter wonder aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad! 

Santa Express Train

Take a trip through the Royal Gorge and straight Santa's home base on this festive ride. Hop aboard the Santa Express Train to see a twinkly replica of the North Pole and have a meet and greet with Santa. From beginning to end, the whole ride is filled with holiday cheer; passengers will sing along to a mix of new and old Christmas music and enjoy delicious, locally sourced entrees that are available on every Santa Express class of service. When the Santa Express Train reaches the North Pole, Santa and his special elves board the train to pass out a special holiday bell to each ticketed child aboard.

It's truly a train trip into wonderful childhood memories and holiday nostalgia for all ages. 

Dates: Nov. 14 | Dec. 24 & 26-30
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Santa Express Train. Courtesy of Royal Gorge Railroad.

Breakfast With Santa

This trip is wonderful for those who want to see Santa during the daytime, as well as enjoy a wonderful view of the canyon! An early departure takes little ones to the North Pole for breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Passengers can enjoy a delicious meal, a train ride, hot chocolate, a special gift from Santa, and time to visit. Everyone is encouraged to don their pajamas for this one-of-a-kind way to start your holidays!

breakfast with Santa

Courtesy of Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

"This special event is a rare opportunity to have a cozy breakfast and be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus as they give each child a special gift, all while the train makes its way through the Royal Gorge and to the magical North Pole. Included with your ticket to the North Pole, is your choice of Mrs. Clauss’ Pancakes, Santa’s Favorite Denver Omelette, Rudolph’s Breakfast Burrito, hot chocolate for the kids and more," says the train website.

Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22  
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New Year’s Eve Train 

Ring in the New Year in serious train style with a three-course-dinner ride (and a murder mystery!) in a glass-dome rail car on New Year’s Eve. Who needs New York or Paris when you can celebrate aboard this unique ride?

Truly the ultimate date night, this ride offers three-course options with fresh Colorado ingredients and paired with a favorite wine, beer or drink from the on-board bar. You will be seated at a table of four, giving you a chance to bring your whole party or meet other couples as you travel through the beautiful Royal Gorge. The open-air car will be open for you to step outside and enjoy the evening, as well. 

You can also choose to discover whodunnit during the roaring '20s themed murder mystery "Murder Speaks Easy". 

"Murder is afoot! It’s the grand opening of Quentin Sinclair’s new speakeasy on the south side of Chicago, a year after the old joint 'boined' down, and it’s going to be the cat’s pajamas! Celebrate with rival crime kingpins, shady employees, exotic dancers, dirty police, and more at this evening of fun and mayhem! Everyone has a motive, but who actually dunnit? See if your team can solve this hilarious, interactive, and family-friendly 'moider!'" says the train website. 

Dates: Dec. 31
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Winter of 2020 Spirits Through the Gorge: 

All aboard from some over-21 fun! Enjoy a two-hour loop through the Gorge and enjoy it in four-course foodie style, complete with some of the best local spirits distilled in Colorado. 

Dates: Jan. 19–Feb. 23, 2020
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Will you be taking a trip on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad this holiday and winter season? It isn't the only one out there to check out! We've got all the info on every holiday train in beautiful Colorado!