About The Event

Every year just before Christmas, kids and their parents are given the opportunity to ride a VRE train and meet Santa and friends, who are on board promoting rail safety and Operation Lifesaver’s “Look, Listen and Live” campaign. There will be plenty of festivity-makers, and Santa’s helpers will hand out candy canes and coloring books.

Each train will be an excursion, meaning passengers will return to the station where they boarded. The 2019 Santa Trains will run on December 14th. 

Ticket Sales


  • Half of the tickets will be sold at ticket outlets and the other half will be sold online (online link will be valid the morning of the sale). 
  • In-person vendors (ticket outlets) will only sell tickets for their area's corresponding excursion train station. 


  • Tickets cannot be reserved or sold in advance of the ticket sales period.
  • Both online tickets and tickets sold at the outlets will go on sale the Monday before Thanksgiving. 


  • Tickets are $5.00 at the outlets and $6 online.
  • Payment at the ticket outlets may be made with cash or check.
  • Online purchases can be made with credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) or with a pre-existing PayPal account.

Additional Information 

  • Online sales will have a limited number of tickets for each train.
  • All passengers, regardless of age, must have tickets. Regular VRE tickets WILL NOT be honored for this special event. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the station the day of the event and must be purchased prior to the event.
  • Santa Train Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.
  • All online tickets will be MAILED to the address provided at checkout
  • Ticket sales are limited to 6 per person for most trains. For online purchases, any person attempting to purchase more than 6 tickets for specific trains will have their ENTIRE ORDER REFUNDED, thus not receiving any tickets. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Tickets sell out incredibly fast. No one is guaranteed a ticket. Tickets sold in-person and online are sold first-come, first-served. 
  • After ticket sales conclude, VRE does not have available tickets. 

Join Us in Thanking

  • Norfolk Southern
  • CSX Transportation
  • City of Fredericksburg Police Department
  • Stafford County Sheriff’s Department
  • Manassas City Police Department
  • Prince William County Police Department
  • Fairfax County Police Department