4 Epic Ways to Ride The Blue Ridge Scenic Rail This Winter

Blue Ridge is my favorite mountain town in Georgia, and the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is can’t-miss attraction for those visiting.

We’ve whizzed through the mountains on this nostalgic train in Spring and Fall…but Winter brings an entirely different experience.

Whether you (like us) celebrate the arrival of St. Nick – or you are simply looking for some cold-weather excitement – you need to hop aboard one of these four winter rides.


All photos courtesy of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Young Ones Who Still Believe –  Santa Express

This is the ride we are taking this year, and the boys are out-of-their-minds excited! It’s great for the littlest visitors because it is during the daytime and it is a shorter (than normal) rail ride.

You’ll ride the rails with Santa and other fun holiday characters, hear the “Twas the Night Before Christmas” story, sing carols, and visit with Santa. The trip is about 1-hour long. Tickets are going VERY FAST…the CVB indicated that there are still tickets available close to Christmas, so jump on this FAST!

Train Lovers and Older Kids Who Need A Festive Nudge – Santa Pavilion Train

For kids who are older and would enjoy a longer ride, try the 4-hour Santa Pavilion Train, which includes a 2-hour layover in McCaysville. Don’t tell the kids, though – as the border-state pavilion is transformed into a winter wonderland where you can pose for pictures with Santa. We love that this ride is available for a nighttime Santa visit OR a daytime visit.

Train Lovers Who Want To Simply Enjoy The Scenery – Winter Rides

Perhaps you don’t need a visit with Santa (maybe looking for a fun Hanukah gift??) Try the Winter Rides on BRSR. You’ll travel 26 miles to the border of Tennessee, over the Toccoa River and through the glorious Blue Ridge mountains.

This fun 4-hour trip includes a 2-hour layover in McCaysville where you can shop, eat and enjoy the sites & sounds of winter.

Date Night Options for Adults – New Year’s Eve

What an exciting way to ring in the New Year!! This 2.5-hour trip includes live entertainment, party favors, adult beverages and light bites. Of course there is a bubbly toast at the strike of twelve! Adults only for this exciting train event!

Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

1 Comment on "4 Epic Ways to Ride The Blue Ridge Scenic Rail This Winter"

  1. Does the train run in Jan

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