Holiday Trough

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If your idea of a “white Christmas” includes lounging around while enjoying a unique dining experience, then this railroad adventure is for you. Relax and enjoy a very merry setting to help you escape the holiday chaos. Listen to historical narration and holiday music on your way to visit the Trough Canyon in its wintry secret season. This is a peaceful time when the canyon bald eagles are commonly seen tending to their nests preparing for the next breeding season.

  • Festive holiday dining
  • 3 hour winter canyon cruise, no layover
  • Eagles are very active preparing for their nesting season
  • Relaxed dining, holiday music, and time to explore
  • Escape the holiday chaos in the solitude of a quiet canyon
  • Experience Trough Canyon in its peaceful winter setting

Holiday Menu

Find your perfect holiday fare and let the festivities begin!

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Canyon Overview

Learn more about Trough Canyon to enhance your wilderness exploration.


Your Itinerary

  • Check in at Ticket Window between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM
  • Boarding at 11:30 AM
  • Departure 12:00 PM
  • Meal service begins upon departure
  • Return to the Station 3:00 PM

Classes of Service and Pricing

Ride and explore while you enjoy a unique festive dining venue.  Choose from three classes of service and let us jumpstart your holiday spirit.

Superior Club

Ready to catch those joyful vibes? These beautifully restored 1950s club cars offer cozy loveseats with tables and booths amidst the warm glow of Christmas lights.  With 5 courses of holiday inspired heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, your winter canyon experience is the perfect way to celebrate the season. 

  • Adults (21+ Only): $145

Superior Dining

Our 1940s dining cars with table service are climate-controlled and have  expansive windows for you to take in the mesmerizing views and incredible eagle sightings.  With our most upgraded 4-course meal service, you will enjoy delicious Christmas themed-dining in a relaxing holiday setting.

  • Adults (17+ Only): $145

Premium Dining

Enjoy 3-course meal service in our comfortable and glowing dining cars. These cars have outstanding window views and climate control for your merry railroad adventure into our winter wonderland.  Snuggle up with a loved one and share the Christmas cheer.

  • All Ages (2+): $120

No children under 2 years of age

James Auer
James Auer
January 30, 2023
Great ride
Christian Boyd
Christian Boyd
January 25, 2023
This is a simple, slow-paced trip aboard an attractive 1950's-era train that gives you plenty of time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature with your loved ones. We chose Standard Dining, which is climate-controlled and included a basic but adequate lunch (cold sub, chips, water, etc). After our meal, we walked through the train to the open-air car for an unobstructed view. It was a very enjoyable experience and we would love to do it again.
Ally Quigley
Ally Quigley
January 16, 2023
I loved my experience on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad! I cant wait to come back again! Here is a picture from my travels!
David Kaplan
David Kaplan
January 6, 2023
Potomac Eagle puts on a good show for the Polar Express. Definitely plan to do a fall trip too at some point in the future.
January 4, 2023
Loved the North Pole Express
PATRICK franzen
PATRICK franzen
January 2, 2023
Most incredible time with my friends on the dinner train! Can't tell you the last time I had such a good time! Cheers to the Patomac Eagle Railroad!
January 2, 2023
Great experience for the kids. My granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed the show that put on for us.
December 31, 2022
Most amazing experience ever, truly magical, felt like we were at Disney World 8n the mountains. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommended, especially if you have kids...