Holiday Happenings

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Check out these Holiday Happenings ... Just an Amtrak Away



Holidays at The Disneyland® Resort: November 12, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Closest Station: Anaheim 

Both Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure feature festive sights and events all season long, including special holiday foods, parades, entertainment, and decorations. Amtrak riders can unlock a 5% savings on Theme Park admission. Click here to learn more. 


Solvang Julefest: November 27, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Closest Station: Santa Barbara 

Solvang will present a refreshed line-up of Julefest offerings and extra holiday cheer in the form of new illuminated displays, celebratory scenescapes and settings, in an effort to enhance the “hygge” holiday ambiance already native to the atmospheric city. 

San Jose

Downtown Ice: November 19, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Closest Station: San Jose-Diridon

Now in its 25th year, the holiday downtown San Jose ice rink is one of the finest seasonal displays in California. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream, which serves underserved children
and their families with early childhood literacy programs.

San Francisco

Teddy Bear Tea at The Ritz Carlton:                                                                    Weekends between November 27 - Decemer 19, 2021

Closest Station: Emeryville 

An annual holiday tradition, children are invited to gather for Teddy Bear Tea in the festively decorated Terrace Room at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. While children enjoy a special tea experience of hot chocolate, teddy bear sweet treats and assorted sandwiches, they are entertained and engaged with a lively holiday show starring an entertaining elf, her animated sidekick and a gingerbread fairy. Each child will receive a teddy bear gift and photo with the giant Teddy Bear to take home. $2 per ticket sold will benefit Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area.


Theatre of Lights: November 24 - December 24, 2021

Closest Station: Sacramento 

Located at the Old Sacramento Waterfront, Theatre of Lights is a free holiday lighting extravaganza that pairs the magic of the winter holidays with the excitement of California’s “Wild West” history.

San Diego

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: December 12 - December 29, 2021

Closest Station: Santa Fe Depot

The Parade of Lights, one of San Diego’s most beloved holiday traditions, is celebrating its 50th year. 100 boats, all decorated in twinkling lights, will sail along the San Diego Bay along a two-hour parade route.


Winter Wonderland: November 20, 2021 - Jauary 9, 2022

Closest Station: Hanford

This holiday season, the City of Hanford is bringing a real ice skating rink into Civic Park. Guests can enjoy ice skating, food vendors, hot cocoa, photos with Santa, live entertainment, full bar (Thursday- Saturday), activities for the whole family and more.


The Hip Hop Nutcracker: November 10, 2021

Closest Station: Oakland Jack London Square

Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of a colorful and contemporary New York City. Through the modern, self-expressive gaze of hip hop culture, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrate the magic of the entire holiday season on the most inclusive holiday of them all - New Year’s Eve, a time for new beginnings.


City of Stockton Annual Holiday at the Point: December 4, 2021

Closest Station: San Joaquin Street Station

Join us for holiday fun in Downtown Stockton in the yearly anticipated Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by the City of Stockton. The Holiday Event kicks off at 3pm, with the tree lighting taking place at 5:30p.m. Bring the family to enjoy the live performances, snowfall, Christmas caroling, horse carriage rides, cookie decorating and an array of food trucks! 

Annual Light Boat Parade at Weber Point Waterfront: December 4, 2021

Christmas lights adorn boats and yachts as they sail into the downtown Stockton Waterfront. The parade is a gift to the community from Stockton Yacht Club, Roger Hahn, and its many registered boaters. The parade will once again by led by the spectacular Port of Stockton fireboat, Sunrise.


Tree of Lights Ceremony:November 13, 2021

Closest Station: Richmond

For 35 years, these ceremonies have provided a way for families and friends to honor their loved ones and find solace in the symbolism of light as the names of their loved ones are read. The funds raised by these ceremonies make it possible for us to provide hospice care to patients who are not covered by insurance. Your support also allows us to offer additional services and programs, such as music therapy and children’s grief programs. The Martinez ceremony will also be honoring our United States Veterans.



Closest Amtrak Station: Baltimore Penn Station

Miracle on 34th Street:  November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022

The holiday cheer in Baltimore spreads throughout neighborhoods, where you can experience the “Miracle on 34th Street” lights and decorations that pop up the Saturday after Thanksgiving. During your visit, try to spot the crowd favorites such as the hubcap tree or the bicycle wheel snowman.

German Christmas Village: November 20 - December 24, 2021

An outdoor and indoor holiday market at West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor, the event is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. Vendors in wooden booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. You will also find great shopping opportunities with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry as well as high-quality arts, crafts and more.



Closest Amtrak Station: Freeport

Sparkle Weekend: December 3 - December 12, 2021 

One of Maine’s most popular holiday celebrations. The festivities kick off Friday night with a Parade of Lights down Main Street, and the fun continues all week
with free horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, gift card giveaways with the Stealth Elf, our famous Talking Christmas Tree and much more.



27th Annual Wonderland of Lights: November 20 - December 26, 2021

Closest Amtrak Station: Lansing

Don’t miss this seasonal Lansing staple at Potter Park Zoo. Tour the grounds as thousands of lights and decorations transform the zoo into a holiday spectacle complete with cookie decorating, crafts and animal encounters for all to enjoy. 

Grand Rapids

Closest Amtrak Station: Grand Rapids

Meijer Gardens Christmas and Holiday Traditions:                                                  November 23, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Experience the season through a global soundtrack that’s sure to inspire and intrigue. Enter the winter wonderland, illuminated by 300,000 lights and filled with the sights and sounds of close to 50 cultural displays—each begging a closer look. As you take them in, see and hear instruments and objects that bring the holidays to life. 

The Nutcracker: December 10 - December 19, 2021

Grand Rapids’ holiday seasonal tradition adorns the stage at DeVos
Performance Hall with beautiful sets and beloved characters for Grand Rapids
Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker! 

New York City

Closest Amtrak Station: Moynihan Hall Penn Station 

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: November 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022

One of NYC’S favorite celebrations returns for the 2021Holiday season!
It’s not Christmas without the Rockettes and we’re ready to make this holiday season at Radio City Music Hall a safe and joyful experience. 

Winter Village at Bryant Park: Now – March 6, 2022

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan’s winter wonderland. Enjoy New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink, the Holiday Shops, and rinkside eats and drinks at The Lodge by Prime Video.




Closest Amtrak Station: 30th Street Station

The Nutcrakcer: December 10 - December 31, 2021 

Balanchine’s beloved holiday classic returns! Gather the family together this holiday season to share in the magic, the charm, the spectacle, and the joy of The Nutcracker ballet. Opening night tickets are just $10, while all other performances start at $25! 

St. Joseph

Closest Amtrak Station: St. Joseph 

Luminary: November 19, 2021

Stroll through downtown as luminaries light your way to kick off the holiday season! Participating locations invite you to eat, shop, drink and be merry while you enjoy this charming lakeside town. 

Light Up the Bluff: November 3, 2021 - February 15, 2021

Light up the Bluff will transform Lake Bluff Park into a winter wonderland featuring one million holiday lights. The lights will remain on through Valentine’s Day in Michigan’s Most Romantic City.

New York


Closest Amtrak Station: Rochester

A Christmas Carol: November 24 - December 24, 2021

Rochester’s family holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, returns live and in-person! This family classic will awaken your heart and rekindle your spirit with magic, music and merriment. 


Closest Amtrak Station: Hudson

Winter Walk 25th Anniversary: December 4, 2021

Winter Walk lights up the early December night once more with stunning storefront displays, roaming carolers, street performers, food, drinks, and a magical fireworks display from the Hudson River.




Closest Amtrak Station: Charlottesville Union Station

Winter Wander at Boar's Head Resort: November 26, 2021 - January 30, 2022

The beauty of light and the whimsy of nature intertwine harmoniously in The Winter Wander at Boar’s Head Resort. Experience the nature of Boar’s Head during this illuminated lakeside stroll, as an extraordinary palette of colorful illuminations blanket the natural surroundings for a magical show of lights like no other.

Santa Fun Run/Walk at the Downtown Mall: December 4, 2021

The annual Charlottesville Santa Fun Run/Walk returns to the Downtown Mall! All proceeds from this event go to support the programs and services. The Arc of the Piedmont provides for people in Charlottesville and the surrounding community living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 



Closest Amtrak Station: Ashland

Ashland Christmas Market: December 4, 2021

Local artisans and crafters will host pop-up shops throughout Downtown Ashland. There will be outdoor dining, live music, art exhibits and entertainment.

Light up the Tracks: November 6, 2021- January 1, 2022

Downtown Ashland transforms into a vintage Christmas village, with a mile-long light display and special events to provide visitors with unique holiday experiences.



Closest Amtrak Station: Roanoke 

Elf on the Shelf Musical: December 1, 2021

This holiday season, the beloved tradition that has captured the hearts of families everywhere returns to the live stage!  Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.



Washington, DC

Closest Amtrak Station: Union Station

Enchant Christmas: November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Become part of the magical Christmas story of “The Mischievous Elf”. Explore different attractions including the light maze, village, ice skating, Santa's landing and the play palace.

Downtown Holiday Market: November 19 - December 23, 2021

This beloved outdoor market continues to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region, welcoming shoppers for a safe, secure and enhanced shopping experience in the heart of the District.. This year’s retail lineup will feature more than 70 exhibitors including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD) Made in DC program. Six food vendors will provide tasty treats and hot beverages, spread across the market.  Additional exciting and entertaining new features include a live stage of exceptional regional performers.

Newport News

Closest Amtrak Station: Newport News

Holiday Light Stroll presented by Langley Federal Credit Union:           November 23, 2021

Join us for a 2 mile walk through the wonderful Holiday Lights on this special, "One Night Only Event" – Enjoy over one million lights throughout Newport News City Park. Holiday Light Stroll presented by Langley Federal Credit Union, is a charity event to benefit the Center for Child & Family Services. The Center's mission is to empower people to face life's challenges through counseling and support services.

Port Warwick Holiday Tree Lighting: November 27, 2021

It's time for everyone to get in the holiday spirit. Enjoy pictures and story telling by Santa, as well as Santa's Parade and the lighting of the Majestic Tree. The fun continues with live holiday music, dance performances, carriage rides around Styron Square, face painting, prizes and a variety of food trucks.



Closest Amtrak Station: Richmond Main Street 

Elf on the Shelf Musical: November 14, 2021 

This holiday season, the beloved tradition that has captured the hearts of families everywhere returns to the live stage!  Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.

Dominion Energy Gardenfest of Lights: November 22, 2021 - January 9, 2022

This annual holiday tradition features one million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities, and more. This year’s theme, Magic in the Air, inspired by things that fly.

Dominion Energy Christmas Parade: December 3, 2021

Featuring holiday floats, giant helium balloons and marching bands, led by this year’s Grand Marshal. The tradition of hosting a parade in Richmond is more than three decades old. Since its inception, the parade has become an integral part of the city’s life, it is hard to imagine the Christmas season in Richmond without this spectacular event.




Closest Amtrak Station: Milwaukee-Downtown Intermodal Station

Black Nativity 2021: December 9 - December 12, 2021

Enjoy a timelessholiday classic at the Marcus Performing Arts Center with Langston Hughes' famous Black Nativity, which couples the story of the Nativity with scripture, poetry, dance, and song from the African-American perspective. 

Holiday Pops performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

December 10 - Decemember 12, 2021

Take in a local favorite and classic holiday experience with Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and Orchestra’s jubilant renditions of carols, classics, and singalongs. 

Milwaukee Holiday Lights FestivalNovember 18, 2021 - January 1, 2022

For 23 seasons, the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival has made spirits bright with its animated sculptures, interactive displays and twinkling street décor. This festive backdrop will continue to deliver oohs and aahs in a safe, socially-distanced environment. Take a stroll or a drive and experience the brilliance of more than 500,000 lights throughout downtown’s parks and streets.