Ho Ho Happy Holidays…..Santa’s Coming to the Enginehouse!

This holiday season visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Center—transformed inside and out into Santa’s Enginehouse, full of holiday magic for children of all ages.

Outside, vintage rail cars and a classic diesel locomotive, the Nickel Plate 190, twinkle with colorful holiday lights, while the Center itself glows in holiday hues.

Inside, Portland’s three historic steam locomotives tower over newly built model railroad displays—one encircling the OR&N 197 engine and another literally climbing like a Polar Express holiday garland up, down and around a 9-foot-high holiday “tree.”

Portland Lego Club returns with more model trains operating in a realistic recreation of some of Portland’s iconic features, decorated in holiday splendor and made entirely of Lego blocks.

Up front and up high, Santa holds court from the cab of the legendary SP 4449 steam locomotive, welcoming “visits” by kids looking in, safely distanced, from a wooden staircase. Below, children can write personal letters to Santa, drop them in the North Pole special delivery mailbox, and in a few days receive a personal, handwritten response from Santa or his elves.

It is chilly inside Santa’s Enginehouse, with its high ceilings and generous ventilation—but you can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa (in an optional souvenir cup) and enjoy fresh baked cookies. The Enginehouse gift shop offers items for all the railroad fans on your holiday list.


Our maximum capcity for this event is 50 people at a time. Group sizes are limited to groups of 10. Masks are required.


Friday – Tuesday, December 18th – 23rd
Friday – Sunday, January 1st – 3rd


10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Each Day


$8 – Adults
$5 – Children (3-13)
Children 2 and under are free!


Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

COVID-19 Policies

Face coverings are required when indoors and when around other guests or staff unless an accommodation for people with disabilities or other exemption applies. Face coverings are recommended but not required for visitors between the ages of 2 and 5.

Tickets are timed and must be purchased online. Please purchase before arriving.

Entry and exit into the Enginehouse will be one-way and individual groups/parties will have a staggered entry from other individual groups/parties.

The maximum group size is limited to 10 people. Please note: there might be a short wait outside the Enginehouse before entry.

The maximum capacity is limited to 50 guests at a time inside the Enginehouse.

Six-feet distancing will be enforced in lines and within the Enginehouse and Museum Store.

Follow all capacity and one-way directional instructions throughout the Enginehouse and the Museum Store as stated by staff and signage.

Hand sanitizer will be available at main entrance and exit of the Enginehouse and Museum Store.

Restrooms are also available inside the Enginehouse. We ask all visitors to follow CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines regarding handwashing and hand sanitizing.

Please refrain from touching surfaces and objects inside the Enginehouse and Museum Store (unless purchasing).

There will be no access to drinking fountains within the museum.

Avoid visiting if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive within 14 days, or have traveled to areas with known travel restrictions within the last 14 days.