North Pole Express

December 1-3 | 8-10 | 15-17
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The North Pole Express is Lincoln’s only train offering services to Santa’s Village!

After departing the train, your travels will take you through Candy Cane Lane where you’ll stop at The Hive to write your official letter to Santa and see some of his favorite animal friends. Continue down Candy Cane Lane to meet the Big Man himself! After visiting Santa, enjoy treats made by the Elves, hot chocolate and candy canes. Be careful not to fill up on candy canes because your next stop is the Mrs. Claus's Bakery to decorate your very own cookie! Santa and his elves can’t wait to see you!

Most activities, including visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus' Bakery, will be held indoors.

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North Pole Express Ticket Information

Admission Times
Tickets are sold with designated Santa visiting times. Guests can choose to visit Santa at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. and may stay as long as they would like afterwards. Guests with a Santa visiting time of noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m may arrive before their Santa visiting time to explore the other areas of the event, and then visit Santa at their designated time. The event will stay open until 4 p.m.

Each Ticket Includes

  • A ride on the North Pole Express
  • Cookie decorating in Mrs. Claus's Bakery
  • A visit to Santa in his workshop
  • Access to the entire Zoo
  • Hot chocolate and candy cane treats
  • Special animal demonstrations

Ticket Information

  • All guests ages 2 & over require a ticket.
  • Santa photographs taken with personal camera are welcome.
  • Tickets are limited and may sell out. Purchasing advance tickets is highly recommended.

Members receive exclusive early access to purchase tickets beginning November 1 at 10 a.m. To purchase tickets please select "Member Early Access" then your preferred ticket date and Santa visiting time. After you select a ticket date and time you will be prompted to log in. Please select "log in with member number" above the username field, and log in with your member number located on the back of your membership card as shown below. 

If you have any questions regarding your membership number please email or call 402.475.6741 ext. 0

Non-members receive access to purchase North Pole Express tickets beginning November 15 at 10 a.m. All guests 2 and older require a ticket. Members of other zoos such as Omaha Zoo do not receive any discounts for special events.

North Pole Express
Members $8.95
Non-Members $11.95

A $2 online processing fee will be added at checkout. All ticket sales are final unless the event is canceled by the Zoo.

*Tickets may sell out prior to November 15. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.

Santa Photo Package
Including reindeer or penguin plush!

Santa Photo Package
Purchase with tickets or at the Zoo

5x7 photo, digital download and one animal plush $20 +tax
5x7 photo and digital download $15 +tax
Additional penguin or reindeer plush $10 +tax

Santa Photo Package Includes:

  • Visitors in 2016
    Visitors in 2016


  • CAMPERS IN 2016
    CAMPERS IN 2016