Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town on SEPTA

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town on SEPTA

Annual Tradition Continues with Free Ride from NRG Station on Special ‘Santa Express’ Train

The SEPTA Santa Express – powered by Penn Medicine – returns for its 31st year to kick off the holiday season in Center City, Philadelphia, on Friday, November 25.

“SEPTA is excited to kick off the holiday season with the Santa Express,” said SEPTA CEO and General Manager Leslie S. Richards. “We are honored to be part of this cherished tradition and thrilled to welcome families and all riders who want to be part of it.”

Join SEPTA and Center City District for a fun-filled holiday train ride from NRG Station on the Broad Street Line to City Hall Station, followed by a festive parade to welcome Santa Claus to Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Stay and skate with Santa and shop for gifts at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market.

The SEPTA Santa Express will be specially decorated for the occasion, and helpers will be at NRG Station to hand out special 2022 SEPTA Santa Express bags, buttons, and more.


  • Festivities start at NRG Station at 10 am with live music, balloon animals, a special appearance from Paws, and more
  • The northbound Santa Express Broad Street Line train leaves NRG Station at approximately 10:45 am, arriving at City Hall at about 11 am (The ride from NRG to City Hall Station is free for this specific train)
  • The ‘Santa Express’ will make all local stops between NRG Station in South Philadelphia and City Hall Station in Center City
  • Santa will be at Dilworth Park until noon

“Center City District is proud to once again partner with SEPTA on this fantastic event, which brings joy and the spirit of the season to Center City!” said Michelle Shannon, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Center City District. “Since 2014, we have been happy to welcome hundreds of children and their families from across the city to celebrate the holidays on our Rothman Orthopaedics Rink at Dilworth Park, and we hope to continue the tradition for many years to come.”

There are many other ways to get to Dilworth Park on SEPTA in time to greet Santa – and SEPTA reminds everyone that all children 11 and under ride for free. Plan your trip here.

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illustration of Santa riding a SEPTA train, with the words Santa Express