Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train
Dec 18: 2 - 7:30 pm*
Dec 19: 11 am - 6 pm*
Dec 20: 11 am - 5 pm and 6-8 pm for Union Station Members*
Dec 21 & 22: 10 am - 7:30 pm*
*Please Note: Line stops 30 minutes before the close of each day
Please Note: Event Parking will be in effect. Cash and/or credit is accepted.
Save the date! One of Kansas City's favorite FREE holiday traditions, the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train, is back for its 19th annual run and will return to Union Station on December 18-22.
One of Kansas City's favorite holiday traditions, the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train brings Santa to Union Station just before Christmas. Guests can visit with Santa and tour the train for free. This magical holiday train will roll into Union Station for a four-day visit this year from Dec. 18-22. Led by Kansas City Southern, Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car Rudy; a flatcar carrying Santa's sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves' workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.
PLEASE NOTE: The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train cannot accommodate strollers or wheelchairs. However, stroller parking will be available outside of the entrance to the train. Those utilizing wheelchairs will still be able to view Rudy, the boxcar with reindeer and Santa’s sleigh as well as visit with Santa inside Union Station. If assistance is required to walk through the carriages, please notify one of the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train elves and they will help board and assist with movement through the train carriages.
What is the Holiday Express?
The Kansas City Southern (KCS) Holiday Express Train is a walk-through experience. A beautiful holiday spectacle both inside and out, the Holiday Express Train is comprised of six cars, three which can be toured.
Do I need tickets to board the Holiday Express Train? How much does it cost?
The KCS Holiday Express Train is free and open to the public. A reservation is recommended and available online at boxoffice.unionstation.org. General admission lines are available. Please note, wait times do vary.
Can I ride on the Holiday Express Train?
The KCS Holiday Express Train is a walk-through experience and is not available for rides.
How long does it take?
The walk-through experience of the KCS Holiday Train takes several minutes, however, guests who wish to visit Santa must do so before entering the Holiday Train. Please note, wait times do vary.
What are the hours?
The KCS Holiday Express Train will be at Union Station Kansas City the following times and hours:
Dec 18: 2 - 7:30 pm
Dec 19: 11 am - 6 pm
Dec 20: 11 am - 5 pm and 6-8 pm for Union Station Members
Dec 21 & 22: 10 am - 7:30 pm
Is Santa on the train?
Santa and Mrs. Claus do arrive with the KCS Holiday Express Train but must be visited prior to your walk-through experience.
How much are pictures with Santa?
There are no professional photos taken with Santa Claus, but each guest is welcome to take a photo. We do request that you limit photos to a minimum to reduce wait time.
Is it handicap accessible?
Wheelchairs cannot board the KCS Holiday Express Train. However, notify one of our elves, or volunteers, of your circumstances and the team will do our best to accommodate.
Where do we go for the train?
To access reservation and general admission lines, please plan to enter through Grand Plaza located on the main floor of Union Station.
Does it come with a mini train ride?
Mini Train Rides are not a part of the KCS Holiday Express Train. Mini Train rides are $5 per child or FREE for Union Station Members.
How do I make a reservation?
Union Station Members receive priority access to KCS Holiday Express Train reservations beginning December 1. Reservations can be done at boxoffice.unionstation.org. Not sure how to access your reservation? Click here for a how-to document.
Reservations open to the public on December 13 at 7 am.