Revelers seeking a little holiday magic will feel like they’ve stepped into a Christmas storybook thanks to three holiday trains within an easy drive of the Bay Area.

Delightful rail adventures departing Willits, West Sacramento and Fort Bragg begin in late November and run through the month of December. All of the classic enchantments will be in place— choose from experiences that include Santa’s workshop, hot chocolate and treats, glistening decorations, melodic carols, games, elves and even Santa himself. But it’s the awe-inspiring setting of Northern California’s flora and fauna that makes the experiences truly unforgettable.

These distinctive Christmas-themed outings are presented by Sierra Railroad, which operates the iconic Skunk Train in Willits and Fort Bragg, and the River Fox train in Sacramento. Booking early is important as passenger seats tend to sell out. More information here