Holiday Happenings

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



Holidays at The Disneyland® Resort: November 11, 2022 - January 8, 2023 

Closest Station: Anaheim Station

Both Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure feature festive sights and events all season long, including special holiday foods, parades, entertainment, and decorations. Amtrak customers can unlock a 5 percent savings on admission


Winter Wonderland: November 19, 2022 - January 8,2023

Closest Station: Hanford Station

This holiday season head to downtown Hanford to make memories at the outdoor ice rink! There will be live music and a beer garden brought to you by Main Street Hanford on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. There will be ice skating lessons, hockey lessons, ice programs and holiday attractions that make up the Winter Wonderland Magic! You can purchase tickets here.



Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker: December 17, 2022, and December 18, 2022

Closest Station: Oakland Jack London Square Station

This holiday season, experience The Nutcracker with beautiful performances by the Oakland Ballet, with Tchaikovsky's magnificent score brought to life by the Oakland Symphony along with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Majestic costumes, scenery, and dancing will make this an unforgettable event. The performance is at Oakland’s Paramount Theater starting at 1 p.m. both days. Purchase your tickets here.

San Diego

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo: December 9, 2022 - January 1,2023

Closest Station: San Diego Santa Fe Depot Station

Celebrate the holiday season at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Immerse yourself in the magic of Aurora, a light and 3D projection show. Enjoy festive entertainment, see reindeer and polar bears up close, and more. Amtrak customers can save $7 on zoo admission.

Santa Barbara

Holiday Parade of Lights: December 11, 2022 

Closest Station: Santa Barbara Station

Celebrate the season California-style in the seaside town of Santa Barbara. Participate in a tree lighting at historic Stearns Wharf, visit a Winter Wonderland on the City Pier, and watch 30 boats adorned with lights and holiday decorations coast along the shore. The night will end with fireworks show over the water. Admission is free.  




Miracle on 34th Street:  November 26, 2022 - December 31, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Baltimore Penn Station

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 19, 2022 - December 24, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Baltimore Penn Station

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.



Brunswick Downtown Association Annual Tree Lighting with Santa: November 26, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Brunswick Station

Arrive in historic downtown Brunswick and kick off the holiday season with free horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa, coffee, cookies and of course, Santa! Let the little ones take in the magic and wonder. At 5pm, Santa will flip the ceremonial switch to light up the town’s Tree. All just a short walk or cab ride from the Brunswick train station. 


29th Annual Freeport Sparkle Celebration: December 2, 2022 - December 11, 2022 

Closest Amtrak Station: Freeport Station

Each year, Visit Freeport hosts one of Maine’s most popular holiday events, Sparkle Celebration. On December 2nd, the festival kicks off with the parade of lights and famous guest, Santa, who will arrive in time to light up Freeport’s talking tree. With week-long activities, you won’t miss a single moment to spread the holiday cheer. Enjoy outlet shopping and local restaurants all within walking distance of the train platform.  


Grand Rapids

U of M Health Christmas and Holiday Traditions: November 22, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Closest Amtrak Station: Grand Rapids Station

Enter the winter wonderland at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park illuminated by 300,000 lights and filled with the sights and sounds of 46 cultural displays, each begging a closer look. As you take them in, see and hear instruments and objects that bring the holidays to life.   


Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village: December 2-4, 9-11, 15-23, 26-28

Closest Amtrak Station: Dearborn Station

Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires and the sounds of carolers, fiddlers, and bustling yuletide activity at Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Explore more than 80 acres of Greenfield Village in this glimmering after-hours celebration. Stroll down Main Street, brimming with holiday goods, food, and warm beverages, or take a ride on a historic Model T, carousel or horse-drawn wagon. From the finest tinseled detail to the fireworks-filled sky that marks each evening’s finale, make this holiday tradition a cherished part of your own. General admission is $35.  




Hersheypark Christmas Candylane®: November 11, 2022 - January 1, 2023 

Closest Amtrak Station: Middletown Station

Get ready for more than five million lights and enjoy your favorite rides and coasters, a visit with Santa, festive Hershey Character experiences, and more.  


Christmas Village in Philadelphia: November 19, 2022, November 20, 2022 - December 24, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Philadelphia 30th Street Station 

Browse vendors from all over the world at Philadelphia’s authentic German Christmas market at Love Park and City Hall.  Take family pictures at Santa’s house; indulge in European delicacies like bratwurst, raclette, and schnitzel; ride on the historic Christmas Village carousel at City Hall Courtyard. 


St. Paul

North Pole Express: December 2-4, 8-11

Closest Amtrak Station: St. Paul Union Depot Station (Event at Station)

Children and trains go together during the Holiday Season like colorful lights, brightly iced cookies, festively wrapped gifts, family, and friends. Please join the nonprofit Friends of the 261 annual journey on the North Pole Express. Admission Fee ages 2+.



Kriskindl Markt at Stone Hill Winery: December 3, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Hermann Station

Join everyone for a traditional German Christmas Market in the heated Sherry House. Crafts, Christmas goodies, Carolers and Mulled Wine. Admission is free.   

Jefferson City

Candlelight Tour of the Governor's Mansion and Living Windows: December 2, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Jefferson City Station

Enjoy the governor’s residence in full holiday decor. Governor and First Lady Parson will meet and greet guests as they view the Mansion by candlelight, adorned with sparkling lights and lush greenery. Downtown Jefferson City windows will also come alive for one of the community's most treasured and favorite events! Stroll the streets and experience holiday cheer during an evening with carolers, dancers, live reindeer, and Santa! Admission is free.

Kansas City

Holiday Reflections: November 21, 2022 - January 02, 2023

Closest Amtrak Station: Kansas City Union Station 

This year, Kansas City Union Station expands it's holiday festivities and adds to its magical "Holiday Reflections" walk-thru holiday village. This spectacular themed experience fills Union Station's massive Grand Plaza and features sky-reaching lights, dozens of decorated trees, forest friends, and giant floating mirrored ornaments. PLUS a bigger-than-ever Rudy's Wonderland where kids can ride the historic Jones Store Train (Mini Holiday Express Train). Ticket admission fees may vary.  



New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show: November 19, 2022 - January 16, 2023

Closest Amtrak Station: Yonkers Station

Explore NYBG’s Holiday Train Show—a favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Watch model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. 

Festival of Trees at the Schenectady County Historical Society: December 3, 2022 - December 23, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Schenectady Station

Celebrate the season as we fill our galleries with lighted fir trees! Decorated from classic to kooky Christmas styles, the Festival of Trees glows with the enchantment of the holidays. Join us throughout December for a shimmering, festive season.

New York City

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: November 18, 2022 - January 2, 2023

Closest Amtrak Station: Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

One of NYC’S favorite celebrations returns for the 2022 Holiday 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: October 28, 2022  –  January 2, 2023 

Closest Amtrak Station: Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

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 rink side eats and drinks at The Lodge by Prime Video.


Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk: December 1, 2022 - December 4, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Saratoga Springs Station

Enjoy the 36th Annual Victorian Street Walk in downtown Saratoga Springs. Welcome the Holiday Season with a Christmas Tree Lighting on the first eve of December followed by caroling and festivities through the weekend.  



Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour: December 10, 2022 and December 11, 2022 

Closest Amtrak Station: Raleigh Union Station

Enjoy one of Raleigh’s oldest holiday traditions as you tour beautiful mid-1800s to early 1900s homes during the 51st Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour. The homes will be open on December 10 and 11, 2022 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and staffed with docents sharing the history of each home and the community. Admission fee.  



Illuminights: November 19, 2022 - December 30, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Roanoke Station (Roanoke Amtrak Platform)

Brighten your nights and explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 650,000 lights at Illuminights Winter Walk of Lights in Roanoke, Virginia. Travel down the half-mile wooded path while taking in the sights and sounds of the season. Visitors will experience 50,000 new lights, new displays, trail enhancements, and family fun.


Richmond Christmas Parade: December 3, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Richmond's Main Street or Staples Mill Stations

Kick off the holiday season with the 39th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade on Saturday. You don’t want to miss an exciting parade line-up full of colorful floats, giant helium balloons, high school and college marching bands, princesses, superheroes, and returning favorites including the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the VCU Peppas, and Legendary Santa! After the parade, check out all the holiday events and our Amtrak train exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Richmond.  


Busch Gardens Christmas Town: November 11, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Closest Amtrak Station: Williamsburg Station

Busch Gardens will once again be transformed by the season with over 10 million twinkling lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Christmas Town™ classics such as Santa’s Workshop, the Christmas Town Express, and special entertainment brings the holiday spirit to life. Thrilling rides, festive treats and holiday shopping complete the experience with spirited fun for the whole family. 



Enchant Christmas: November 25, 2022 - January 1, 2023

Closest Amtrak Station: Union Station

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 18, 2022 - December 23, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Union Station

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.



Magic in the Market: November 26, 2022

Closest Amtrak Station: Seattle King Street Station

Kick off the holiday season at Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market during the 27th Annual Magic in the Market. Enjoy award-winning eateries, a variety of shops, carolers, and the famous Market lighting ceremony. Plan a memorable day for the whole family at this nine-acre holiday wonderland. Admission is free.