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Winter Train Excursions in the Smoky Mountains

old time Santa visits the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Santa waves at passengers on the Great Smoky Mountain RailroadNew for 2020: The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad has extended its operating season into the winter. For the first time they will host passenger excursions well into December!

The Nantahala Gorge Winter Train Trips will allow you to experience the winter season set in the Smoky Mountains, and to add more excitement to your journey they’ve added a small dash of an Old Fashioned Smoky Mountain Christmas! You’ll be able to see unobstructed mountain views from their cozy and festive train cars.

Also be on the lookout for a very special guest to hop onboard to share in the holiday spirit. Smoky Mountain Santa will be visiting each car telling tales of Western North Carolina Christmas’s from days gone by. Passengers will receive traditional Christmas sweets of oranges and peppermint sticks and the history behind it all. This new option will give you and your family the quality time we all crave during this season.

About Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Trains have connected the communities of Western North Carolina since the 1800s, and helped to increase visitation to once remote areas of the Smoky Mountains. Today they are enduring reminders of our past, and provide a unique setting to take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Learn about train rides through the Smoky Mountains, including routes and annual events.

Safety Precautions

They Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is operating under all current COVID-19 safety guidelines and ask that you follow all protocols. Due to COVID-19, dining options at the layover destination, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, is restricted to 50% capacity. This means your wait time will not allow for you to be served during the layover. You are advised to enjoy onboard dining by pre-purchasing a box lunch meal option along with your train tickets.

Visit here to book your excursion.