This Wine Train to the 'North Pole' Will Get You in the Christmas Spirit
You can buy wine onboard or bring your own (but you better be good for goodness sake).
The scenic journey combines wine and Christmas festivities from November 18 through December 29.
The train takes travelers from downtown Napa to Santa’s workshop in the “North Pole,” a Christmas-decorated station in Yountville that includes reindeers, Mr. and Mrs. Clause, and a backdrop of Santa’s house.
Riders will take part in Christmas games and sing-alongs, and can enjoy goodies like fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate.
Though the Napa Valley Wine Train is typically for passengers over 21, this is the one time of year adults and children alike are invited to take part in the fun with Santa and his Christmas-loving friends.
Youngsters on the train ride will enjoy festive surprises like toys and ornaments and can write letters to Santa.
Meanwhile, guests 21 and over can choose from a selection of wines or even bring their own (a corkage fee of $15 for 750-ml bottles is applied).
The train dates back to the 1980s and is outfitted with vintage rail cars and luxurious armchairs perfect for lounging in while taking in the mesmerizing views.
Of course, the rides will also have a photo and social media booth onboard so you can share the memories.
Trains will run from either 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. or from 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., with tickets starting at $39 for locals, $49 for the 5 p.m. show, and $69 for the 6:45 p.m. show.
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There will also be a toy drive from November 1 through December 17 for those who want to bring an unwrapped gift for donation.
The return of the train is just one of the ways in which Napa has been recovering after the wildfires that hit earlier this month.
Napa's tourism board recently announced that many of its businesses are now open again for tourists, while several wineries are back up and running and will even be donating proceeds made from tastings towards helping local volunteers and respondents who assisted during the natural disaster.