Christmas Tree Train by Skunk Train Willits

299 East Commercial StreetWillits, CA 95490
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Hop aboard the Magical Christmas train for an unforgettable holiday experience! The Willits Skunk Train will take you on a scenic adventure to Mr. Skunk’s giant Christmas Tree. Enjoy festive holiday tunes and treats as you journey through majestic redwood groves right outside your window. Share the joy of the season aboard this historic steam locomotive.

up to 2 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

  • Journey to the world's largest living, decorated Christmas Tree and back aboard a historic steam locomotive.
  • Get a picture with the North Pole's most famous and jolly denizen!
  • Includes holiday music and treats, and scenic views of majestic redwood groves.
  • Along the ride, enjoy a storybook reading of Skippy the Traindeer written by Shelle Hart.
  • Copies of the Skippy the Traindeer book are available for purchase prior to boarding.
  • Tour duration is approximately 2 hours.
  • Fun for all ages. Infants (2 and under) ride free on a lap.
  • Train runs rain or shine. Dress warmly.


from Skunk Train's Magical Christmas Train
Climb aboard a newly-imagined Christmas experience out of Willits and visit the World's Largest Christmas Tree! Enjoy seasonal treats and décor on a wonderful journey through the redwoods to Mr. Skunk's Giant Christmas Tree, a decorated redwood along the line, which also serves as the workshop for Santa Mr. Skunk.

Back at the Willits Depot passengers can climb aboard one of the historic 'Skunk' motorcars to meet Santa Mr. Skunk in person, and take a photograph.

After boarding at Skunk Train's historic depot in Willits, journey into the Redwood forest while enjoying Christmas music and treats aboard the train. The train will stop at Mr. Skunk's giant Magical Christmas Tree. The World's Tallest! This is truly a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience and memorable for all ages.

Make the holiday season truly special with this unique Christmas experience in the redwoods!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Skunk Train's Magical Christmas Train

When does the Magical Christmas Train run?

Skunk Train's Christmas tree train operates Saturdays and Sundays during the months of November and December.

Where does the Skunk Train depart from?

This Christmas tree train departs from Skunk Train's Willits Depot located at 299 East Commercial Street Willits, California 95490.

When should we arrive?

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure as the train leaves promptly at the departure time.

Is the train wheelchair accessible?

Yes – but there are limitations, given that their railcars were built in the very early 1900s. They strive to make every guest feel comfortable and will do their very best to accommodate your visit. Call the phone number on your e-ticket to make accommodations for your party.

How should we dress?

Comfortable and casual layered clothing is suggested to keep warm in the chilly months. If you plan on riding the Open Air Observation Car then they suggest dark clothing, because sometimes lighter clothing can get soot spots on it because of the steam engine.

What should we bring?

Bring your ID as a valid photo ID matching the guest information is required at check-in. Also, bring your camera for photo opportunities along the ride through the redwood groves (and with the guests from the North Pole).

Do they accept credit cards for purchases on board?

For purchases made on the train, they accept cash only.

Are pets allowed on the train?

Dogs are the only pets permitted on board. They do ask that you be considerate of your canine though as the pets simply may not like trains. Please bring whatever they need to be comfortable (food, water, dishes, a leash, etc.). Dogs are $10.95 and reservations are suggested.

Can we bring food on the train?

Only if you have dietary restrictions or are traveling with a child. Concessions are available on the Willits Skunk Train.

Can we bring alcohol on the train?

No, they do not allow outside alcohol on board the train.

Why the name “Skunk Train”?

The nickname “Skunk” originated in 1925 when motorcars were introduced (today sometimes referred to as railbuses or railcruisers). These single-unit, self-propelled motorcars had gasoline-powered engines for power and a pot-bellied stove burning crude oil to keep the passengers warm. The combination of the fumes created a very pungent odor, and the old timers living along the line said these motorcars were like skunks, “You could smell them before you could see them.” The railroad’s historic name is California Western Railroad.