Wine Making

Napa Valley Wine Train Launches Wanted Santa Train Tickets

As we head into Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — the Napa Valley Wine Train wants people to get excited for the holidays. The Christmas holidays, that is.

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Wine Country’s one-stop tourist attraction recently announced that the beloved Santa Train is making a comeback.

Santa Claus returns to town aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train in December. (Courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train)

“The Santa Train brings so much joy and excitement and with years missed due to Covid, it will be the best year yet,” said Napa Valley Wine Train General Manager Nathan Davis.

The Santa Train will run from December 1 to December 23. Tickets for the seasonal adventure are sold exclusively to Napa residents through June 30. Residents should make reservations by phone, as tickets cannot be purchased online. General ticket sales begin July 1.

Customers boarding in 2022 can choose from a variety of new experiences and pricing. Santa’s cookie car includes hot chocolate, a cookie and a picture with Santa. Tickets start at $50.

Customers who purchase the Gourmet Holiday Express are encouraged to arrive at the downtown Napa train station early for hot cider, caroling and photo ops with Santa in his workshop. Once on board, they’ll enjoy a kid-friendly three-course meal that includes a sit-down visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Tickets start at $75.

The Very Merry Vista Dome includes the same pre-trip festivities and visits with Santa as the Gourmet Holiday Express, plus a three-course holiday-inspired dinner served in the train’s observation-style dining car. You will also receive a box of homemade sweets to enjoy at home. Tickets start at $95.

The Napa Valley Wine Train partners with the Napa-based foster youth organization, Expressions of Hope, for the holiday season. Donations of holiday socks, holiday-themed coloring books, and backpacks or suitcases are encouraged.

Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, 707-253-2111,

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