Christmas In Coal Country

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Santa waving hello to a steam train

Ring in the holiday season 'retro style' and enjoy Christmas in Coal Country at the East Broad Top Railroad.

Departing from our beautifully decorated station, you’ll travel aboard cozy warm train cars (heated by authentic coal stoves) for a one-hour ride behind a 107-year-old steam locomotive. Along the way, Santa Claus will board the train to visit with every family and give each child a special ‘coal-themed’ gift. Tickets also include a delicious cookie and a cup of hot chocolate for every passenger.

Be sure to arrive early or plan extra time after your ride and venture to our historic station where you can write a letter to Santa. Food trucks and outdoor seating areas are available behind the Orbisonia Station.

Your Ticket Includes...

  • One (1) Hour Train Ride
  • Gift from Santa for Each Child
  • One (1) Hot Chocolate & Cookie per Passenger
  • Letters to Santa
  • Model Train Display

What Made "Christmas in Coal Country" So Unique?

Life in Coal Country was challenging, but Christmas in Coal Country was truly special. It was a holiday in the true sense of the word, as it was one of the few times a year that the mines were closed and families could come together. Despite the hardships they faced, miners worked tirelessly to provide for their loved ones, and the joy they found in the simple pleasures of life was evident during the holiday season. From homemade gifts under the tree to exotic fruits (like oranges) in their stockings, miners and their families cherished every moment of Christmas in Coal Country.

We invite you to pause from the hustle and bustle of the modern holiday season and experience the unique traditions and atmosphere that live on as a testament to the resilience and spirit of the people who called Coal Country home.

Vendors will be available at the Orbisonia Station where you can purchase a variety of food, beverages, and snacks.

Class of Service

Ride the rails from the comfort of train cars heated by authentic coal stoves

Enclosed Coach

Enjoy large viewing windows and plush seats. All seats are assigned.


Ride the rails like a member of the train crew in a historic caboose scratch-built by the EBT in the 1920s

Continue the Experience With an Electric Trolley Car Ride!

Embark on a magical journey aboard beautifully decorated, cozy antique trolley cars at the Rockhill Trolley Museum. You’ll be whisked away in a vintage electric trolley car along a 1.5-mile route illuminated by thousands of holiday lights.


Christmas in Coal Country is wheelchair accessible! Access to the train is provided by hydraulic lift capable of carrying up to 600lbs. When booking your reservation, please use the “Wheelchair” customer type for the passenger requiring use of the lift. All other passengers will be seated in the same car.

  • Boarding our equipment requires climbing several steep and narrow steps. The lift is also available for passengers who may need assistance boarding the train by can otherwise navigate the train.
  • Only trained service animals are permitted aboard the train
  • Please contact our ticket office PRIOR to booking with any questions regarding train accessibility
Santa waving hello to a steam train

Adult Coach (13+) | $28.00

Child Coach (2-12) | $22.00

Adult Caboose (13+) | $32.00

Child Caboose (2-12) | $26.00

Children under the age of two, not occupying a seat, may ride free with each fare-paying adult (age 18+)

Groups of 20 or More: Please contact our station at (814) 447-3285 or to book your reservation!

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