‘Tis the Season for Fun with San Joaquins

December 3, 2021

Amtrak San Joaquins is your connection to festive fun this holiday season! There are so many opportunities to make merry memories along the track this year. Here are just a few stops to make your spirits bright!

3d rendering. christmas decorated porch with little trees and lanterns.
3d rendering. christmas decorated porch with little trees and lanterns.

Christmas Tree Lane | Fresno | Now through 12/25

Every year, millions of bulbs glisten from hundreds of trees and 140 lavishly decorated homes in the Fig Garden neighborhood. One of the country’s longest-running holiday spectaculars, the big light show at Christmas Tree Lane has been a Fresno tradition for 99 years! Visitors can drive the 2-mile stretch from Shields to Shaw all the way until Christmas Day.

Lane Hours
Sunday – Thursday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Learn more: christmastreelane.com

The Nutcracker Ballet | Fresno | Sat. 12/11 & Sun. 12/12

It isn’t really Christmas until you’ve watched the Nutcracker live! This local holiday favorite was recognized in Dance Magazine for its resurrection of the vengeful Mouse Queen from E.T.A. Hoffman’s original Nutcracker fairy tale. Less than a mile from the train station at the Saroyan Theatre, this production promises merriment and magic!

Get tickets: livelyarts.org/shows/the-nutcracker-2021


Dickens Fair | Daly City | Sat & Sun, 12/4 - 12/19

Drive Thru Dickens’ London is a taste of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair experienced from the comfort of your car! Enjoy street scenes and enchanting tableaus from 'A Christmas Carol', lively music, an enticing selection of hearty English foods and handcrafted holiday gifts available for purchase as you drive through an outdoor version of the Fair’s Grand Concourse!

Learn more: dickensfair.com

Illuminated christmas tree at night with falling snow and copy space
Illuminated christmas tree at night with falling snow and copy space

Christmas Tree Walk | Hanford | Now through 12/7

The Christmas Tree Walk on Main Street in Hanford is a chance for you to win a decorated 7 foot Christmas tree and gifts from participating downtown businesses! Guests purchase opportunity tickets and walk around downtown through December 7th to drop their tickets at the Christmas trees that they would like to win!

Learn more: https://www.mainstreethanford.com/events/2021/11/9/christmas-tree-walk

Winter Wonderland Ice Rink| Hanford | Now through 1/9

All aboard for a family trip to the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink in Downtown Hanford—where kids ride Amtrak FREE with purchase of an adult ticket! PLUS, when you take San Joaquins to Hanford and show your train ticket at the station, you’ll get a FREE ride to the ice rink on Freddy the Fire Truck! Then enjoy ice skating, Santa photos, live music, food and drinks at Hanford Civic Center! 

USE CODE: V608 / Book Now!


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