This hour-long steam locomotive train ride is all about Christmas, candy canes, and Santa.

The Essex Steam Train Santa Special delivers a sense of magical wonder, Christmas cheer, and exploration when the conductor shouts out "All Aboard"! You'll find Santa and Mrs. Claus walking up and down the rows of passengers as they greet each and every one of the moms, dads, and kids.

My wife and I have had the pleasure of riding the Essex Steam Train aboard another seasonal outing and it was a delicious slice of days gone by.

You'll be transported back to Santa's workshop when you climb aboard the decorated Santa Special complete with his elves, homemade Christmas cookies, candy canes, Christmas carols and a chance to be one of Santa's special helpers.  

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Every year reservations go quickly. For all the details you need to know about the Essex Steam Trains' Santa Special, visit the official Essex Riverboat and Steam Train website.