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Santa Takes the Train at the Orange Empire Railway Museum

On the annual holiday train ride, every child visits with Santa on board, hears Christmas stories and joins elves in singing Christmas carols.

Santa waves from a locomotive at the Orange Empire Railway Museum.
Santa waves from a locomotive at the Orange Empire Railway Museum.
Santa Claus is parking his sleigh and inviting families to join him on a festive train ride at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris.

The afternoon and evening rides to Santa's Workshop take place on the weekends of Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21-22.

Every child visits with Santa on board, hears Christmas stories and joins elves in singing Christmas carols. Children write and mail letters to Santa.

Departures each day are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $8 for ages 5 to 11, and free for ages 4 and under.

The special evening train takes passengers to Santa's workshop, where children can decorate cookies, build a little train car and play at Thomas & Friends train tables. Enjoy hot chocolate and treats and other activities. 

The special train to Santa's workshop leaves at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. Prices are $15 for ages 12 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 11, $5 for ages 2 to 4 and free for those younger.

Seats are limited for evening trains so advance reservations are recommended. Call the museum at 951-943-3020 or visit www.oerm.org.

The museum boasts one of the largest railroad collections in the country with over 200 locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870s.


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