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Saturday, December 14th– Santa and Operation Lifesaver!

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

‘We use this event as an opportunity to remind people of the importance of rail safety. So remember, that this event is not just for fun, but it also has an important message: “Look, listen and live!” Visit Operation Lifesaver for more on rail safety.’

In addition, Operation Lifesaver Santa Trains also work in conjunction with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. So on the day when our Santa Trains operate, our Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Burke Centre, and Woodbridge stations will also serve as drop off sites for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign. We are, therefore, encouraging everyone to bring a toy to the Santa Trains so that someone less fortunate in the Virginia area can share in the joys of the holidays.

Manassas Santa Trains:

8:30 am – Dancer Express (SOLD OUT)

10:00 am – Comet Express (SOLD OUT)

11:30 am – Donder Express (SOLD OUT)

1:00 pm – North Pole Express (SOLD OUT)

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Santa Train tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The annual event is extremely popular, but unfortunately that means that we cannot carry ticket inventory additional to what is available through the vendors or online. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we do encourage you to plan accordingly.

Tips for Getting Tickets

Online tickets are sold out! We recommend creating an account prior to when tickets go on sale so that the checkout process is speedy.

Some vendors see lines beginning to form as early as 3:00 am on the morning tickets go on sale. We do not encourage anyone to wait in a line through the early morning hours. However if you make the decision to, we ask that you plan accordingly and dress appropriately for the weather.

In-Person Ticket Sales:

Tickets will go on sale THE MONDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING (November 25th) at 9:00 am. 

Tickets cannot be reserved or sold in advance. CASH OR CHECK. TRAINS DEPART FROM STATION TICKETS WERE PURCHASED AT.

The following vendors will provide in-person Santa Train ticket sales:

  • FREDERICKSBURG TRAINS: Fredericksburg Visitors Center, 706 Caroline Street,
    (540) 373-1776 (view map)
  • SPOTSYLVANIA TRAINS: Spotsylvania County Visitors Center, 4704 Southpoint Parkway,(540) 507-7090 (view map)
  • MANASSAS TRAINS: Manassas Visitors Center, 9431 West Street (Manassas VRE Depot),
    (703) 361-6599 (view map)
  • WOODBRIDGE TRAIN: Destination Station, Woodbridge VRE Station,
    (703) 491-5742 (view map)
  • BURKE CENTRE TRAINS: Supervisor John Cook’s Office, 9002 Burke Lake Road,
    (703) 425-9300 (view map)

Payment at the ticket outlets may be made with cash or check.

Please visit the VRE website for additional information and to purchase tickets: http://vrespecialevents.org/