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Holiday Express 2021

Tickets On Sale November 4 at 9am

This popular event is BACK and IN-PERSON!

Join us for a magical, in-person experience as we travel the coastline on the COASTER Holiday Express! Santa Claus and his merry carolers will join us for an hour of fun with songs, gifts and Santa wish list reading!

Reserve your family’s spots beginning Thursday, November 4, at 9:00 a.m.

How it Works

This year’s event will be in-person at the Oceanside Transit Center!

Beginning November 4, attendees can purchase their tickets ahead of time (1-ticket per person, regardless of age). On the day of the event, you will arrive at the Oceanside Transit Center, 205 S. Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. When you arrive, follow the signs to Platform 2 and line up in the train car section that corresponds to your ticket (signage will be available).

THERE IS NO ASSIGNED SEATING. There are enough seats per person, however, we DO NOT allow you to reserve seats ahead of time. If you have a large group, make sure to line up early, so your party can sit together.

After boarding, the train will depart on an approximately 65-minute trip down to the Solana Beach Station and back. During this time, carolers and holiday characters will come through the train cars to perform and hand out toys and wish lists for Santa to the children. Finally, Santa will make his way through to meet with the children and take pictures. As Santa comes through the train to visit, please keep photo opportunities to a minimum. We want to make sure he has enough time to visit everyone equally.

Once we arrive back at the Oceanside Transit Center, children can drop off their wish lists for Santa in our official Holiday Express Mailbox, on the platform.

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In keeping with state and federal orders, masks will be required on the train. Strollers and bikes are not permitted on board for this event.


Saturday, December 4 * 10:15 a.m./12:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 5 * 10:15 a.m./12:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 11 * 10:15 a.m./12:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 12 * 10:15 a.m./12:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.

We recommend arriving at the station at least 30 minutes before train departs. 

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $20 for this Event

Tickets will become available on November 4 at 9 a.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

All individuals, REGARDLESS OF AGE, will need to purchase a ticket. (This is due to limited space and the need for all participants to utilize the seating areas).

Santa and his helpers will make their way through all of the train cars, so you won’t have to worry about which car you pick.

We will be inspecting tickets before boarding, so be sure to have your tickets out and ready (either on your phone or printed out).

Terms and Conditions

Passengers must present this ticket to board the COASTER Holiday Express on designated day. Every person must have a ticket (including children of all ages). COASTER Holiday Express is recommended for families with children between the ages of 3 and 10. Please do not bring food, beverages, strollers or bicycles on board the train. Water and small snacks OK. Total trip time is approximately 65 minutes. The 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. trains will leave from the Oceanside Transit Center and will not make stops at other COASTER stations. Train departs on time. Plan to arrive at the Oceanside Transit Center at least 30 minutes early to find parking. The Oceanside Transit Center is located at 195 S. Tremont Street, Oceanside, CA 92054. COASTER Holiday Express will operate rain or shine. For more information from North County Transit District visit

Notice of Filming

By entering and by your presence at NCTD’s Holiday Express, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity to your appearance, voice and name for any purpose whatsoever in connection with the promotion of the COASTER Holiday Express and/or NCTD. You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by entering this area. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter the event.