Celebrate Christmas in July

Celebrate Christmas in July

The spirit of Christmas lasts all year round at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad! We invite you to celebrate the season early with our Christmas in July excursions! CVSR is hosting new Christmas in July experiences to enjoy an afternoon of holiday fun with the family!

Celebrate the spirit of the season with a sunny adventure aboard the train with Santa! Our family-friendly Christmas in July excursions run July 21 – 22 and July 28 – 29. On this hour and a half long train ride, families will play summer bingo, limbo, and the hula hoop freeze dance! Kids will have an opportunity to write Santa a letter, because even though Santa may be on vacation, he still checks his list! Santa will even pay a visit to families! Each passenger receives a cookie and one non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are available for seating in our table car or in the St. Lucie Lounge car. The train departs at 3:40 p.m. from Peninsula Depot. The train will return to Peninsula by 5:30 p.m. Tickets and more information here.

Looking for a special date night dinner? Ring in the season a little early this year on July 27 with our special Christmas in July Dinner Train. Enjoy a delicious Christmas themed dinner, catered by Creekside, as you take in the sunset over Cuyahoga Valley National Park! The train departs at 5:40 p.m. from Peninsula Depot. Tickets and more information here. Recommended for ages 14 and up. No children’s meal available.

Christmas in July Photo Contest

CVSR wants to see your photos! All passengers attending Christmas in July events and Christmas in July Dinner Train are eligible to enter the Christmas in July photo contest! Snap a picture during your excursion, post it to Facebook or Instagram and tag Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to enter!

The photo contest runs from July 21st through July 31st. Two winners will be chosen and contacted for prizes by the end of the week. The first-place winner will receive 4 open air train car tickets to Steam in the Valley ($140 value). The second-place winner will receive 6 tickets to Great Lakes Science Center ($101 value).

So what are you waiting for? Attend a Christmas in July excursion and enter the photo contest for a chance to win these great prizes! See below for official rules:

  • Up to four photos can be submitted per person. Any additional photos will not be considered for judging. Limit one prize per person
  • Photos must be posted to Facebook or Instagram, AND must tag Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad OR sent to .
    • Photos posted that do not tag CVSR will not be considered as a contest entry
  • Photos must be from current 2018 Christmas in July events.
  • Photos can be of the train, families, Santa, etc. CVSR will not accept any photo taken on the train tracks for entry.
  • Photographs will be judged on creativity, adherence to theme, originality, and quality.
  • Social media accounts MUST be public. Social Media accounts that are private cannot be seen and photos will cannot be counted for submission.
  • By submitting photo(s) for entry and participating in the contest, you acknowledge and give your consent to CVSR that your photo(s) and your name may be used by CVSR on social media, promotional materials and the website. You further represent that you are at least eighteen years old, and that you agree that your photo, name, social media handle, and any associated caption can be used by CVSR.

For questions about the photo contest please contact

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