The annual Santa Claus trains of the Indiana Rail Road will operate this year to southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois Dec. 2 to 4.
Children will also be able to board the train and meet Santa Claus at each stop.
Free tickets to see Santa are available on a first-come, first-served basis at each stop before the train’s arrival.
“Attendance for Santa Train has doubled within the last decade — almost 9,400 guests at 12 stops in 2015 alone — and the train has operated up to two hours late as a result,” said INRD spokesman Eric Powell. “We do not want to have little ones waiting in the cold for extended periods of time to see Santa Claus, so we feel a free-ticket system is the best way to keep Santa on time, and to let families know up front if they’ve arrived in time to step aboard the Santa Train.”