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Monticello Railway Museum

Lunch with Santa on the Train


Join us for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite with kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid-friendly sack lunch. Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ) below for more information.

This event is hosted by the Monticello Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to the Monticello Chamber of Commerce website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who needs a ticket?

Anyone age 2 and older will need a ticket. Those under 2 are required to sit on a lap, and will not receive a sack lunch without buying a ticket.

Where are my tickets?

Your tickets will be ready for pick-up at the depot in downtown Monticello (corner of Livingston and Independence) beginning at 9 AM the day of your train. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your departure time to ensure time to pick up tickets and board the train. Tickets will not be mailed.

How long is the train ride?

The ride is about an hour long.

Will my child get to meet Santa personally?

Santa will visit individually with each child during the train ride.

What is in the lunch?

The lunch is targeted for kids, and consists of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, cookies, and drink. Everyone with a ticket receives a lunch. Cheese sandwiches are available on request for those with allergies.

Are there restrooms nearby?

There are no restrooms on the train – be sure to use the facilities in the Wabash Depot before the train ride.