A Christmas Adventure at Verde Canyon Railroad | Phoenix.org

December, 2018

08Dec(Dec 8)5:30 p.m.23(Dec 23)7:00 p.m.FeaturedA Christmas Adventure at Verde Canyon Railroad5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (23) Verde Canyon RailroadEvents Categories:Experience,Food,Kids

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Let your imagination take flight on a magical journey to the North Pole aboard Verde Canyon Railroad.

The magical journey to the North Pole begins at the Verde Canyon Railroad depot in Clarkdale. The spirit of Christmas will be aglow and visible from afar, beckoning all to experience this dream. Festive lights will be abundant, as will holiday treats available to enjoy while perusing the decorated depot grounds. Luminarias will light the Southwestern-style depot roofline and icicle lighting will adorn the depot’s wrap-around porch and pergola.

Prior to boarding, families will be able to tour a miniature village featuring 10 tiny houses on a town square with a flight path for children, wearing provided wings.

Children are asked to drop their letters to Santa in a mailbag which will be delivered to the North Pole during the train ride.

The beautiful Christmas princess “Noel” will greet the children at the depot patio, signing her books and joining for photographs before everyone boards the train for the magical train ride.

Verde Canyon Railroad’s train cars and open-air viewing cars are festively ornamented and illuminated as the cheerful staff call “ALL ABOARD!”  The one-hour round-trip travels into the dark of night, through a mystical tunnel, onto Santa’s private tracks to the North Pole and back.

At the magical North Pole, passengers will see creatively decorated buildings featuring Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Bakeshop, a coal mine, Elf School and the Ugly Sweater Factory among others. Mrs. Claus and acrobatic elves will wave good-bye to Santa Claus as he boards the train for the return trip to Clarkdale. The man in the big red suit will interact with all the children and gift each with a little memento signifying their Canyon Christmas Adventure.

Trains depart every Saturday and Sunday, December 1-23. For more information, visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website. For more family-friendly holiday events, visit our events page.


8 (Saturday) 5:30 p.m. - 23 (Sunday) 7:00 p.m.


Verde Canyon Railroad

300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324