Family fun and Santa aboard the Candy Cane Express

Santa himself visits each family aboard the train to ask children what they would like him to bring them for the festive holiday. – Citizen Photo/Brian Cameron

The festive season commences and the return of the Candy Cane Express to the coastal railway marks the onset of the holidays.
By Brian Cameron
Fun times for the entire family, the seasonal celebration by the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (OCSR) commenced with their famous Candy Cane Express, taking ticket holders from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach and back again, complete with a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Kris Kringle themselves.
“This excursion is all about giving children memories to last a lifetime,” said OCSR. “Aboard our century-old steam powered train, kids will enjoy cookies and hot cocoa while getting a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.”
Though aimed at providing the kids a great holiday experience, its also an enjoyable trip for adults as well, the view alone is exemplary as the train cruises past the busy Northwest Hardwoods mill, Tillamook Bay, around the corner for the Three Graces, Barview and the shoreline community of Rockaway Beach.

Kids get to enjoy a fresh cup of hot cocoa and cookies while they watch the scenery pass by, moments later only to be surprised by Jolly Saint Nick himself, along with his wife, who greet each excited youngster.
“People generally love the Candy Cane Express,” said Jessica Jung, OCSR, General Manager. “And they especially love Santa and Mrs. Claus.”
The Candy Cane Express is on its eleventh season and according to Jung, it’s building in popularity with every festive holiday-themed trip.
“We get our yummy sugar cookies from the Beach Bake Shop in Rockaway Beach,” said Jung. “Which our guests have been very receptive to so far.”
Starting with the inaugural weekend just after Thanksgiving, the dates of Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 are the Candy Cane Express’s regularly scheduled trips, offering three per day from 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Prices are $20 for adults, $18 for Seniors and Vets, $15 children 3-12, and kids 2 and under ride for free, in addition bring new, originally packaged toys to add to their generous donation to Toys For Tots. More information can be found online at