Santa Express train rides return to Bellows Falls

Santa Express
Bellows Falls Middle School band students dressed up to greet the Santa Express passengers. Photo by Shawntae Stillwell

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – On Sunday, Nov. 24, embark on a magical train ride filled with holiday cheer aboard the historic Green Mountain Flyer from Bellows Falls to the North Pole and back again. There are two different rides at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Who doesn’t love taking a Christmas train ride with Santa and the Grinch, caroling with elves, and enjoying special surprises along the way? The train ride is usually 45 to 60 minutes long. At the North Pole, each child meets Santa and can also enjoy costumed characters for outdoor entertainment, soups and sandwiches from Smokin’ Bowls, a dessert cart, and more.

Please arrive between 9-9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ride or 1-1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ride. Purchase your tickets at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Blair Books & More in Chester, online at, or call 802-376-9534. Proceeds benefit the Bellows Falls Middle School Band Friends and Destination Bellows Falls and Beyond.

This scenic route has a long heritage of scenic excursions going back to 1964 when Monadnock Steamtown and Northern Amusement ran the stunningly beautiful Bellows Falls to Chester route. The historic station in Bellows Falls has a passenger waiting room outfitted for the holidays including early 20th century benches from the old Boston South Station, Oak and Tin Phone Booth, and interpretive displays from the New England Transportation Institute and Museum.

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