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NCTD COASTER Holiday Express

Tickets NOW on Sale to ride with Santa and his friends

Oceanside, CA – The magical COASTER Holiday Express is coming back to town! North County Transit District is hosting this popular annual event that has become a holiday tradition for many families. The Holiday Express offers an enchanted 60-minute round-trip train ride from Oceanside to Solana Beach where children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa Claus and his merry friends.

Tickets for this event are now on sale at:

Twelve Holiday Express trains will run on two consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, December 3-4 and December 10-11 with departures at 10:15 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm each day.

The COASTER Holiday Express departs rain or shine from the Oceanside Transit Center and takes passengers on a journey down the beautiful coastline with guests riding on the festively decorated COASTER train and visiting with Santa. During the ride, children and adults will also be treated to entertaining carolers and storytelling, write their own personal letter to Santa Claus, and spend time with snow princesses. Children will receive a small gift.

Tickets are $20 per person (regardless of age).

Holiday Express Dates/Times:
Saturday, December 3: 10:15 am, 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Sunday, December 4: 10:15 am, 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Saturday, December 10: 10:15 am, 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Sunday, December 11: 10:15 am, 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm

New this year, NCTD will be collecting canned food during the Holiday Express to help the nearly 1.1 million people, including 284,500 are children in San Diego County who face nutrition insecurity. The food collected will be donated to the North County Food Bank to distribute directly to people in need in our local communities. We invite event attendees to bring the following items:

  • canned meats
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruits
  • peanut butter
  • pasta, rice
  • cereal, oatmeal

North County Food Bank red collection barrels will be on the train platform for donated items.

For more information, guests can visit