Reindeer Ride: Bright Night


Reindeer Ride: Bright Night is part of Nickel Plate Express, a train in central Indiana that runs between Atlanta and Noblesville.  Throughout the year they offer a variety of themed rides.  For Reindeer Ride: Bright Night, Gaylor Electric fitted the entire length of the train with LED lights.

Nickel Plate Express, Reindeer Ride: Bright Night
Nickel Plate Express, Reindeer Ride: Bright Night

The ride is very comfortable and each group is seated seated together either in an upper deck or in the dining or lounge cars. You can purchase hot cocoa and beer or wine and every passenger gets a reindeer cookie from our locally famous Taylor’s Bakery.

Nickel Plate Express, Reindeer Ride: Bright Night

Santa makes an appearance as well. A decorated caboose remains stationary so guests can visit before or after their ride.

Passenger tip: if you’re going on the 7pm train, arrive a little early because you will overlap your Santa visit with passengers just finishing up their 5pm trip.

Nickel Plate Express, Reindeer Ride: Bright Night
Nickel Plate Express, Reindeer Ride: Bright Night
Nickel Plate Express, Reindeer Ride: Bright Night

One of the cool things about this holiday activity is the chance to sit and visit with friends and family.  When you’re out running around all season staying busy, Reindeer Ride: Bright Nights provides a welcomed chance to relax.

We sang carols led by the staff though out the trip. Our kids each got a craft to take home. Needless to say, the Reindeer Ride was a hit with our four kids currently ages 9, 7, 4, & 2.

Nickel Plate Express, Reindeer Ride: Bright Night

If you’re into holiday experiences with trains, also check out my post about Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum.

Have you taken a trip on the Nickel Plate Express Reindeer Ride yet? Or if you’re not in Central Indiana, do you have a holiday train ride planned for the season?

2018 Holiday Events

As legendary Hoosier Michael Jackson once said, “Don’t stop ’til you get enough.”  So by all means, please enjoy our other posts from this season.  Click the image below.

2018 Zach Dobson Photography holiday blog posts

Author: Zach Dobson

Zach Dobson is a documentary and commercial photographer based in Indianapolis. He holds a degree in journalism from Indiana University with a concentration in photography. Since starting his business in 2006, Zach has focused on documenting people’s lives and businesses in action. Zach’s client list includes the Indiana Pacers, Coca-Cola, the AARP, ZipCar, Indiana University, Visit Bloomington, Hamilton County Tourism, Land O’Lakes, RIOT LA Comedy Festival, Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana High School Athletic Association. Zach is a Professional Member of the American Society of Media Photographers [ASMP]. He resides in Carmel, Ind. with his wife and business partner, Courtney, and their five children.

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