North Pole Express

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

Be the first to ride the train on the brand new rails! 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 bakery to decorate your very own cookie! Santa and his elves can’t wait to see you!

Most activities, including visiting Santa and cookie decorating, will be held indoors.

North Pole Express Ticket Information

Members receive exclusive early access to purchase tickets beginning November 6 at 10 a.m. via a special link sent to their email at 10 a.m. All guests 2 and older require a ticket. To receive your member benefits online, please log in with your member number found on the back of your membership card near the barcode by selecting the blue "log in with card number" link when prompted to log in during the purchase process. If you have any questions regarding your membership please email or call 402.475.6741 ext. 0

Non-members receive access to purchase North Pole Express tickets beginning November 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets may sell out prior to November 13. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. All guests 2 and older require a ticket. Members of other zoos such as Omaha Zoo do not receive any discounts for special events. To receive early access to purchase tickets, please see Membership options.

Each Ticket Includes

  • A ride on the North Pole Express
  • Cookie decorating in the 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 and older require a ticket.
  • Santa photographs taken with personal camera are welcome.
  • Tickets are limited and will sell out. Purchasing advance tickets is highly recommended.

Event Details
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.

Santa Photo Package
Purchase with tickets or at the Zoo

5x7 photo, digital download and one animal plush $27.99 +tax
5x7 photo & digital download $15 +tax
Additional plush of your choice $15 +tax

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

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