North Pole Express
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.
experience the magic of a train ride with Santa Claus himself
The LM&M Railroad will have our station area decorated with lights for the Christmas season. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available on the platform while you wait for your train and are included with your ticket. Each passenger will receive one cookie provided from Buskin Bakery.
During the hour long journey Santa and his elves will make their way through the train to visit with each family. Every child will receive a bell from Santa’s sleigh. We encourage you to bring your own camera, pictures with Santa are allowed and encouraged. Balloon artists will also be on-board the train.
Every passenger will receive a FREE souvenir hot chocolate mug. Each child will receive a special "North Pole Express" souvenir train ticket.
Before or after your train ride be sure to visit Lebanon’s historic downtown. Places to eat include the famous Golden Lamb and Lebanon’s classic Village Parlor. Be sure to check out The Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory and the Warren County History Museum. Free parking is available one block north of the ticket office in a public lot.
The train is heated, but please dress for the weather. The boarding process takes place outside. Trains run rain, snow, or shine. Passengers will be expected to stand outside in the elements for upwards of thirty minutes while the train boards.
Cookie Note: In 2018 LM&M Railroad will be offering cookies from Buskin Bakery. The allergy and dietary sensitive cookies we have offered in past years are no longer available. We are working to find an alternative cookie for passengers with dietary restrictions.
Dayton Children's Fundraiser - November 17
For all trains departing on November 17th, $5 per ticket sold will be donated to Dayton Children's Hospital. Thank you for helping those in need this holiday season!
Classes of Service
SOLD-OUT: Deluxe Coach Class - 3200 Car
Deluxe Coach class seating will be inside the Milwaukee Road 3200 car. This long distance coach car is on-loan from the Cincinnati Dinner Train and was featured in the 2015 movie Carol. The 3200 seats 60 passenger. The car features comfortable reclining chairs, and large picture windows. Seats in deluxe class are reserved. Deluxe class passengers will receive one LM&M Railroad exclusive Christmas tree ornament per family. The 3200 car is heated.
SOLD-OUT: Deluxe Coach Class - 664 Car
Car 664 is a long distance coach car. The car features comfortable reclining chairs, and large picture windows. Seats in deluxe class are reserved. The 664 is fully restored to its original appearance as a Southern Railway long distance coach. This car is equipped with restrooms. Seats in deluxe class are reserved. Deluxe class passengers will receive one LM&M Railroad exclusive Christmas tree ornament per family. The 664 car is heated.
Lackawanna Coach Class
Coach passengers will be seated in our 1930’s restored Lackawanna coach cars. Our Lackawanna coach cars feature traditional railroad “walk-over” style seating. This allows families or groups of 4 to face each other. Coach seats are reserved. Our Lackawanna coach cars are heated and feature open windows. Fans circulate air on warmer days.
2018 Dates Of Operation
November: 16, 17, 18, 24^, 25, & 30
December: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22^, 23^, 24^*, & 29*
* - Operates on modified schedule
^ - Premium date pricing in effect - Add $2 to Ticket Price
Weekdays: 6:00p & 8:00p
Saturdays: 12:00p, 2:00p, 4:00p, 6:00p, & 8:00p
Sundays: 12:00p, 2:00p, 4:00p, & 6:00p
December 24: 4:00p & 6:00p
December 29: 12:00p, 2:00p, 4:00p, & 6:00p
Premium evening departure time pricing in effect on all 6:00p and 8:00p rides - Add $2 to Ticket Price
1 hour & 20 minutes
Pricing (Before SEP 1)
Seniors (62+): $18
Children (2-16): $18
Infants (1 yr. & under): FREE
Deluxe Seating: +$11
Pricing (Effective On SEP 1)
Seniors (62+): $19
Children (2-16): $19
Infants (1 yr. & under): FREE
Deluxe Seating: +$15
COACH: This style of rail car features traditional walk-over style seating. Seats can face either direction on the same side of the isle.
DELUXE: Seats are permanently fixed. Section numbers indicate blocks of seats that face each other.
NOTE: The ticketing system does not consider seats in separate rows or across the isle as together.
Lebanon CARRIAGE parade warning (DEC 1):
Passengers riding on DEC 1 will have the opportunity to view the Lebanon Christmas Carriage Parade. On DEC 1 only, we recommend arriving in Lebanon 1-2 hours early for your train ride. On this day, finding parking will be very challenging. Downtown Lebanon businesses, including the LM&M Railroad, use street parking and free city-owned public parking lots. These will fill up quickly. Additionally, both Main St and Broadway will close for the parade. Local business owners will be selling parking on their property. Prices for parking on private lots will vary based on demand.
We must charge a minimal ticketing fee in order to provide our customers an efficient and trustworthy ticketing system.
Online Orders: $1.50 per ticket.
Phone Orders: $2.00 per ticket.
We offer group discounts for groups of 10 or more! Check out our group discount breakdown below.
10+ Purchased Tickets: 10% Discount on all tickets
20+ Purchased Tickets: 20% Discount on all tickets
*Our group discounts must be used at the time of purchase, and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. All tickets utilizing this discount must be purchased on the same order, and cannot be applied to tickets purchased on multiple orders.
Please be sure to dress for the weather! In the event of inclement weather, we recommend that our guests wear appropriate clothing such as boots and jackets.
All trains run rain or shine. Cancellations due to weather will only be made by the LM&M Railroad in extreme circumstances.
*Please Note* Due to the historic nature of our equipment, the LM&M Railroad is not handicapped accessible.
The LM&M Railroad reserves the right to change equipment or cancel an event/train ride at any time for any reason it deems necessary. Prices are subject to change without notification. All tickets purchased are subject to additional fees. The LM&M Railroad strictly enforces a no refund policy.
This trip will not be handicap accessible. Historic and antiquated rail passenger equipment, like that used on this excursion, is exempt from ADA regulations under U.S. Code: Title 42: Section 12184. The passenger cars and station facilities used on this excursion were constructed before disability accessibility laws were adopted. Platforms, boarding areas, stairs, step-boxes, seating, and especially doorways, passageways, aisles, and onboard restrooms may not accommodate all passengers. We will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate differently abled passengers who desire to ride the train. Motorized wheelchairs and/or scooters cannot be accommodated onboard our train. The LM&M Railroad is not responsible for unsafe footing on property owned by third party organizations or created by situations beyond our control. Please watch your footing while loading and unloading from the train.