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June 22, 2024

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Ride Chattanooga’s North Pole Limited Train

You can ride the rails to go visit Santa this season — in Chattanooga!

With all of the Tennessee Central Railway Authority’s North Pole Express train rides sold out in Middle Tennessee this holiday season, consider taking a ride on Chattanooga’s North Pole Limited Train.

Many parents say the two-hour-and-fifteen-minute drive to Chattanooga is worth it to ride the holiday rails! Here are two options with seating still available:


One of Chattanooga’s more popular annual events, the North Pole Limited train rides have been going strong for the past 24 years.

Riders take an imaginary journey to the North Pole while enjoying cocoa and cookies and holiday storytelling. At the North Pole, Santa comes on board to visit with passengers. From the Tennessee Valley Railroad, North Pole Limited train rides are one hour long and take place now through December 23.

Spaces are available for daytime traditional rides starting at $29 a person. For $55 a person, you can take a daytime ride in Santa’s Private Car. Departures are from the TN Valley Railroad located at 4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. The phone number is 423-894-8028. NOTE: Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone.



Wrap your holiday season up with the Holiday Light Train. From December 26 – January 1, plus January 6 & 7 take a magical journey on a festive light train.  Learn more here.


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