Santa Claus will return to Highlands County by train this Christmas as the Sugar Express brings back their popular holiday train rides in Lake Placid, Florida!

These joyful holiday trains will offer families a 1.5-hour trip through the countryside aboard a decorated, historic passenger train. Each ride features Sugar Express steam locomotive No. 148, a visit with Santa Claus, cookies, refreshments, and a commemorative ornament. Ticket sales begin on September 5th at 6:00 PM.

Tickets are $50.00 per guest ages 15 and up, $40.00 per child ages 4 – 14, and children 3 years of age and under ride free. These roundtrip passenger trains will operate out of Lake Placid on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Since 2020, Sugar Express has welcomed thousands of guests from throughout Florida and 25 states. Additional events are currently being finalized for the upcoming 2023 and 2024 Sugar Express Schedule. Check for updates!


Dec 08 - 10 2023
All Day


Lake Placid Depot Museum
12 Park Ave, Lake Placid, FL 33852


Sugar Express
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