Ripley's Big Red Christmas Train in St. Augustine, FL

19 San Marco Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

Embark on a magical journey through St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration. As you wind through the historic district and renowned light displays, you’ll sit comfortably in one of Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Trains. If you’re lucky, you might even see Santa Claus himself aboard one of the trains, along with some of your favorite Christmas characters.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our St. Augustine Travel Experts
  • Christmas Train tours run from November 18th, 2018 - January 3rd, 2019.
  • No tours available on Christmas Day.
  • See more than 3 million Christmas and holiday lights along the way.
  • Ideal for all ages.
  • Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to your departure time for the train.

Description

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Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train takes you on a magical trip through St. Augustine’s beautiful historic district Nights of Lights celebration. Rated one of the world’s best Nights of Lights displays, you will tour the award-winning holiday lights aboard one of Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Trains.

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Susan Sessa
Winter Garden, FL
1 Review
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"Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train."
December, 2018
We had a fabulous time. We loved the lights of St. Augustine and the train was really fun. Just the right amount of time and we had a great driver, Benji,who was very knowledgeable and entertaining.
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Tip: Dress warm and better to get there early and you can park right in Ripley’s lot.

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jadeeq2006
"Adult Birthday Fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2019 NEW
We left the kids at home for a weekend getaway in St. Augustine. We absolutely loved the red train trolley. We loved learning the history of the city. We loved that the drivers aren't "scripted". They each add their own character. We also rode it all the way through 2 days in a row and learned new things both times. We loved being able to hop off and explore and then hop back on. We also did one of the nightly ghost tours. Even though we personally didn't see any ghosts. We still loved it!! And our ghost catcher device when off a few times so they must have been around us ;) The only downfall is we did ride the red train on a Saturday and one time it stopped and it was so full we were unable to get on and had to wait for the next train (about 20minutes). It was super popular that day! The hotel we stayed in was very close so we walked to the red train the first day and after our tour was over that day. The red train gave us a ride back to our hotel, so this was a nice plus. But overall great experience. Hope to visit again soon and bring the kiddos next time.
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929eddy
"St Augustine"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2019 NEW
Smokey was a great tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and had a fun way of telling the interesting historical facts of St. Augustine.
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Oceanbluegreen
O'Fallon, Missouri
"Worth the cost"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2019 NEW
The trolley is a really good option to not have to park at each place and learn some of the history of St. Augustine. We are not people who go on city tours, but this was well worth it for the transportation and information as we were driven around. Ask for the Seniors Discount!
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Cindy P
Orlando, Florida, United States
"Great Tour of City"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2019 NEW
On our most recent trip to St Augustine we decided to take the Red Train instead of that orange and green trolley. We had an excellent driver/guide named Alex who provided us with great historical facts and humour. We later took the Night of Lights tour. Nice tour, but too short. We had a great group who formed a party train.
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Dancingpainter
"Great way to learn about St Augustine, Especially if you get Smokey!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2019 NEW
Great customer service and informative operators. Sound quality was fantastic. Wait wasn’t long and you are waiting in an interesting place so no worries. We got a two day pass for just a few $ moore so we got to ride with several different drivers. Each had unique details and made the trip very pleasant. If you are lucky enough to get to ride with a guy named Smokey, do it. He was the best of all of them. If you are a senior or veteran, or both, they will take care of you and you can get a great discount.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Big Red Christmas Train

What time should I arrive for my tour?
Please arrive no later than 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.

Where do I meet for the train tours?
Tours begin at Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

What does the tour include?
Enjoy more than 3 million holiday lights from the comfort of your train while singing along to holiday carols!

Is anything else offered aside from the train tour?
Yes. On Friday and Saturday nights from November 23rd through December 22nd, guests can enjoy:

  • Gifts from Santa for the Kids
  • Marshmallow Roasting Pit
  • Holiday Movies
  • Balloon Twister
  • Costumed Characters
  • Holiday Surprises

Are tours available on Christmas Day?
No.