Experience the magic of Christmas with a ride on the Candy Cane Express. Climb aboard the train with Santa and his elves to enjoy the festivities with milk and cookies while carolers sing your favorite holiday songs. It’s the perfect addition to your family’s seasonal celebrations.

Thank you so much to those who came out for the magical Candy Cane Express! Letters are on the way to Santa, and photos from the Christmas train have been posted on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the Candy Cane Express elves!


What’s Included

All tickets on Candy Cane Express entitle riders to:

  • A ride on the Candy Cane Express train
  • A Christmas coloring book
  • Christmas stickers
  • Milk and cookies
  • Candy canes (of course!)

Each ride is approximately 50 minutes long. In addition, Santa’s elves will be collecting letters to Santa during the trip. The ride will be accompanied by the pleasant sounds of live carolers and an appearance from jolly old Santa Claus himself.

Date & Time

Candy Cane Express took place on Dec. 7, 2013.


Departure: 9:50am
Suggested arrival time:  9:20am
Length of ride: approx. 50 minutes
Price: $25.00/rider (children under one ride free)
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Naperville – Downtown

Departure: 12:00pm
Suggested arrival time: 11:30am
Length of ride: approx. 50 minutes
Price: $25.00/rider (children under one ride free)
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Chicago – Union Station

Departure: 3:00pm
Suggested arrival time: 2:30pm
Length of ride: approx. 50 minutes
Price: $25.00/rider (children under one ride free)
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What to Bring

  • A printed ticket: Each rider must have a copy of his or her ticket in order to board, which can be printed via RegistratioNation.com.  Your ticket barcode must be scanned before you board the train.
  • Letters to Santa: Children are encouraged to bring letters to Santa, which will be collected by his elves during the ride.
  • Camera: If you’d like to bring a camera to document your experience, please do so.
  • Other: Jingle bells and any other Christmas holiday garb will be embraced.

How to Register

To register, click on one of the three location buttons below.This is the location from which you will both depart  and return on your train ride. Each individual is allowed to purchase up to 12 tickets per order. All tickets are transferrable to another person and non-refundable.


What should I bring?

Your printed ticket(s) for the Candy Cane Express will be enough. After registration, you will automatically receive a confirmation email that contains your ticket(s). You can print another copy of your ticket(s) at home by logging onto RegistratioNation and having a confirmation email resent. Children are encouraged to bring letters to Santa that will be collected by elves during the ride, and parents are welcome to bring cameras aboard. Other than that, all ‘yule’ need is holiday spirit and imagination!

What time should I arrive?

Passengers are advised to arrive 30 minutes before their departure time.  This will allow plenty of time to grab a few family photos for the relatives at our Candy Cane Express archway and board your assigned train car.

What can I expect?

A holiday memory your family won’t soon forget! Passengers will board the train and get seated while enjoying holiday music and festivities. Soon after the train takes off, elves will appear and collect letters to Santa. As you glide among the winter wonderland inside a toasty, decorated car, Santa will appear and milk and cookies will be given to all the good boys and girls (criers will be given coal…kidding!). Candy Cane Express will return back to the station and the experience will last approximately 50 minutes. All children will be given a Christmas coloring book to remember their experience.

Can I sign up with a group of people?

Yes, you may purchase up to 12 tickets at a time. Any groups larger than 12 must make a registration under another name to purchase any additional tickets. There are no group discounts available.

Can I transfer train cars?

You are more than welcome to transfer cars as you would like prior to the event. If you have an account via RegistratioNation, you may do this by logging into your account and manually switching over. If you do not have an account, please call our office at 773-687-4595. All train car transfers are subject to availability. Please note the transfer deadline is Friday December 6th at 7pm CST. After this time no more transfers will be honored.

How old must my child be?

There is no person too old or young to enjoy Candy Cane Express! We recommend children be aged two to ten years in order to get the most enjoyment out of the experience, but welcome any older family members who would like to share the holiday spirit. Infants under one year are free.

My child has food allergies, can I bring alternative snacks/food to the event?

Outside food and drink are prohibited on Candy Cane Express, but exceptions can be made for children with serious dietary restrictions. Please reach out to us at info@thecandycaneexpress.com for accommodations.

What is the refund policy?

All tickets are non-refundable under any circumstances. However, tickets are transferrable to another person up until the day of the event.

What is the deadline to buy tickets?

Tickets will be available for purchase online until December 6th, 2013 at 7pm CST. Depending on availability, tickets will be sold on site at the event.

How does seating work?

Seats on each train car are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The seating arrangement on the Metra train cars work best for groups of four. For wheelchair accessible seating, please contact us at info@thecandycaneexpress.com.

Are there restrooms on the train?

Restrooms will be readily available at the train station prior to boarding the train. Please make sure your child has taken care of all business before boarding the train car. The ride will last approximately 50 minutes.

What if I miss the train departure?

Due to the Metra train schedule, we will unfortunately be unable to accommodate any late arrivals.

Rules & Safety

  1. Event attendees must exhibit appropriate behavior at all times and obey all local, state and federal civil and criminal laws.  Attendees must also obey posted rules and warnings, follow any instructions or directions given by Red Frog Events LLC, its representatives or agents (collectively, “RFE”), The Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (“Metra”), its representatives or agents, Event staff and volunteers, and abide by any decision regarding your ability to safely board the train (“Train”) and attend the Event.
  2. Event attendees may be escorted from the Train for violating any of the Event Rules & Guidelines.
  3. Event attendees may be dismissed from the Event and escorted from the Train if their behavior endangers the safety of or negatively affects the Event, Train or any person, or property.
  4. Event attendees must not bring weapons, fireworks, illegal substances, merchandise for sale or pets (except service animals) aboard the Train.  Event attendees understand that they and their belongings may be searched upon boarding the Train, consent to such search and waive all related claims.  If Event attendees elect not to consent to these searches, they may be denied entry to the Train or escorted from the Event.
  5. Wheeled baby conveyances must be folded up in their smallest form while aboard the Train.
  6. Event attendees recognize and acknowledge that there are hazards and risk of injury or illness to Event participants, volunteers and attendees and Event attendees freely and voluntarily assume the full risk of death, bodily injury, illness or property damage that they may sustain, however caused and whether by negligence or otherwise.
  7. Event attendees agree to indemnify RFE from any and all claims caused in whole or in part by their negligent or intentional acts or omissions.
  8. Event attendees are responsible for their own personal safety and the safety of their children.
  9. Event attendees are solely responsible for any personal item or property that is lost, damaged or stolen at the Event.
  10. Event attendees assign all rights in any photographs or video recordings taken by them at the Event and are granted a limited, non-exclusive license to use such images for non-commercial purposes only.
  11. RFE reserves the right to suspend or cancel the Event for any reason.  If such suspension or cancellation occurs, there will be no refund of your Registration Fee.


St. Jude

In the spirit of the holidays, Candy Cane Express will be partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in raising money to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Holiday ornaments benefitting St. Jude will be available for sale at RegistratioNation and on site at each station location.

In addition, 20% of all profits from the December 7th, 2013 Candy Cane Express, no less than $2.00 per ticket sold, will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. All aboard for the greatest gift- healthy kids!

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.


Customer Experience

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