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Holiday Lights Train Ride

Enjoy a Holiday Lights train ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad through a winter wonderland of lights and displays!

Holiday Lights Train Ride

After riding through McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, you can jump on the historic Charros Carousel. Don’t forget to visit the park’s one-of-a-kind Model Railroad Building. Then, enjoy the park’s paths and playgrounds.

And, if you can, plan your visit during one of their special holiday events for an extra-festive experience.

Holiday Lights Train Ride at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Special Events

Opening Night Festivities

A live band and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will host the annual tree lighting ceremony. Santa will arrive aboard a steam locomotive on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad.

Additionally, the co-creator of the Family Circus comic strip Jeff Keane will be handing out free autographed calendars. Also, the Scottsdale Live Steamers will offer rides on the park’s 7.5 gauge train.

The Goode Time Carolers Visit

December 4-6 from 7-9pm  |  Come enjoy a traditional, classic Christmas caroling experience with performers in Dickens-era costumes.

Santa Visits the Depot

Experience a one-of-a-kind visit with Santa in the historic Maricopa Depot.  Santa will be at the park the following dates from 6:30-9pm:

  • Friday, November 30-Sunday, December 2
  • Every night from December 7-23

Tickets & Admission

The Holiday Lights train ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad will require a special ticket.

You can purchase tickets in advance, during the park’s normal hours of operation, beginning Nov. 1. They can be purchased in advance online on their website.

Various purchase options available. Train and carousel rides are free for children 2-years old and younger with a paying adult.

Holiday Lights will be CLOSED on these dates:

  • Monday, December 3 (private event)
  • Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve)



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