20th Anniversary Operation Lifesaver Santa Train Tickets Go On Sale Monday, November 21

Tickets for the VRE’s 20th Anniversary Operation Lifesaver Santa Trains will go on-sale November 21, 2016 at 9:00am, online (for $6) and at various physical outlets (for $5). This year we are offering trains from the Broad Run and Spotsylvania stations in the afternoon only.

Purchasing at a Physical Outlet

Broad Run and Manassas tickets will be sold at the Historic Manassas Visitor’s Center. So, if you do go there to purchase tickets, please be sure you are buying the ticket for the station you want. Spotsylvania Visitor Center will sell the Spotsylvania Santa Train Tickets. Please see the list below for more specific information about physical location sales. Also, click on the specific station links for departure times.

Burke Centre tickets will be physically sold only at Supervisor John Cook’s Office – 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015

Broad Run tickets will be physically sold only at Historic Manassas Visitor’s Center – 9431 West Street (Train Depot), Manassas, VA 20110

Fredericksburg tickets will be physically sold only at Fredericksburg Visitor Center – 706 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Manassas tickets will be physically sold only at Historic Manassas Visitor’s Center – 9431 West Street (Train Depot), Manassas, VA 20110

Spotsylvania tickets will be physically sold only at Spotsylvania Visitor Center – 4704 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Woodbridge tickets will be physically sold only at Destination Station (Woodbridge VRE Station) – 1040 Express Way, Woodbridge, VA 22191

Purchasing Online

If you would like to purchase tickets on-line please use the this web address: http://www.vrespecialevents.org/Seasonal_Santa_Trains/availability.html . At 9am, PayPal buttons will show up on that page under the “Online Tickets” column so you can then purchase tickets by clicking those buttons.


  • If you do not already have a PayPal account, we suggest you set one up beforehand as tickets will sell out in under five minutes so every second counts!
  • MAKE SURE YOUR ADDRESSES ARE CORRECT in PayPal because we will use what’s in PayPal to mail your tickets.
  • In the past, users have also experienced the page does not update when they hit refresh after 9am. To avoid this, you may want to disable your web browser from using cache memory (We know, we know, what is cache? In layman’s terms, your browser will save pages you already visited in order to load them faster. Here is one article with a detailed explanation and how to disable.) VRE customer service staff are not IT professionals so we may not be able to help you very well in this regard and it might be to your benefit to enlist the help of those who are in the know.

6 Ticket Limit

Please keep in mind ticket sales are limited to 6 per person for the morning trains. Tickets for groups of more than 6 may be purchased only for designated trains. For online purchases, any person attempting to purchase more than 6 tickets for trains with designated limits will have their ENTIRE ORDER REFUNDED, thus not receiving any tickets. NO EXCEPTIONS.


This is a very popular event combining two things children love: Trains and Santa! During the trip, while Santa and Mrs. Claus are making their way through the train to take pictures, we pass out Operation Lifesaver (railroad safety) goodies such as coloring books and engineer hats for the kids and even materials for the adults. Everyone gets candy canes! We do our best to have area high school choral groups come and sing carols on every train, although not guaranteed. We even have Marines on the platforms to collect for Toys for Tots. It’s an all around festive time. Families have grown to love this event over the last twenty years so much that no promotion is needed on our part. (For example, we get phone calls starting every July about Santa Trains.) Please expect online tickets to go quick and lines to be long at the outlets. Hopefully you get to be one of the lucky ten thousand that get to participate!

Happy Holiday’s From VRE!


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