Special Events

*Please note: The below prices do not include delivery and preservation fees.


November-December

Christmas Tree Adventure
Saturdays and Sundays, November 18th-26th 
Departs from Rockside station at 9:00 a.m. or
Departs from Akron Northside Station at 10:55 a.m.

It’s the holiday season! Climb aboard for a short train ride to the Historic Village of Peninsula where you will deboard and take a bus to Heritage Tree Farm.  At the farm, you will have a chance to pick out and purchase your perfect tree. The tree cost is not included in your train ticket. Your tree will be bundled and taken to the train by Heritage Tree Farm. Please bring additional gear for securing your tree to your vehicle. The bus will take you back to the Peninsula Depot where you will take the train back to your station of origin.

The duration of the trip, experience and return to your station is 3 1/2 hours.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12). Children ages 2 and under do not need a ticket, but must sit on parent’s or guardian’s lap.

The following dates are sold out: Sat. 11/25 out of Rockside

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Mr. Jingeling’s Holiday Jubilee
Saturdays and Sundays, November 18th-26th 
Departs from Rockside station at 9:00 a.m. or
Departs from Akron Northside Station at 10:55 a.m.

Climb aboard this holiday season and enjoy a fun-filled train ride with Santa’s #1 Elf! Mr. Jingeling will bring the holiday magic on board as he shares traditional Christmas songs and some short stories of life in the North Pole. Bring the young and the young at heart together, and Mr. Jingeling will sign a Good Luck key for all the children! The program will last for an hour and a half of your approximately three hour round trip. 

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3-12). Passengers ages 2 and under do not require a ticket but must sit on parent’s or guardian’s lap.

The following dates are sold out: Sat. 11/25 out of both stations, Sun. 11/26 out of Rockside

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Ugly Sweater Holiday Train Ride
Select dates from November 24th-December 21st, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Departs from Rockside station at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 21 and over

Join us for this two-hour, adult only train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It’s an ugly sweater party! Wear your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win CVSR prizes in the photo contest! Please Note: This event is for passengers ages 21+ ONLY and is NOT a part of the Polar Express program.

Seating is in the first class car. Throughout the duration of your ride, you will have access to our panoramic upper dome car with a bird’s eye view of the park. Passengers in this car will not have access to the rest of the train.

Holiday beers, wines, pop, water and snacks will be available for additional purchase.

Ugly Sweater Photo Contest:

Wear your ugliest holiday sweater on this excursion for a chance to win CVSR prizes.

  • Share your photos on Facebook or Instagram when you ride between November 24th-December 21st.
  • Tag us at Facebook (@CVSRailroad) or Instagram (Cuyahoga_Valley_Railroad) with your photo.
  • Include the hashtag #CVSRuglysweater.
  • The top three photos of the whole season will be announced on December 22nd.
  • The user that tagged the photo will be contacted.
  • Prizes will not be distributed until January 2018.
  • All photos must be taken in the dome car during the Ugly Sweater Holiday Train Ride.
  • CVSR has permission to share the winners’ photos via Facebook and Instagram.

Winners will receive:

1st Place: 4 deluxe tickets for any scheduled Ales on Rails, Beer Tasting Excursion from January-May 2018
2nd Place: 4 national park scenic coach train ride tickets and 4 CVSR t-shirts
3rd Place: 2 CVSR t-shirts

*The prizes listed are final and cannot be exchanged or upgraded.

The following dates are sold out: Sat. 12/2, Fri 12/8,  Fri. 12/15 and Sat. 12/16

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January 

Royalty on the Rails
Saturday, January 20th from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m. out of Peninsula Depot
All ages. Passengers ages 3 and up need ticket. Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap.

Climb aboard the train to listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat with your favorite princesses! Passengers will have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with our special guests: Snow Queen, Ice Princess, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.

Tickets are $30 per person, ages 3+.

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Emerging Brews: Royal Docks Brewing 
Sunday, January 21st from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Akron Northside Station
For passengers ages 21 and over

For the first time, we’re going south of the Summit County line and welcoming Royal Docks Brewing Company on board! Climb aboard for this two hour round trip train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! On board, you will sample a variety of Royal Docks’ brews while you enjoy light catered appetizers.

Beer menu includes: +44 Brown Ale, Tanglefoot IPA, Baba Yaga Coffee Porter and Vlad the Impaler Imperial Stout

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Murder Mystery Train: High Stakes Hotel!
Sunday, January 21st from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. from Akron Northside station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and over

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, climb aboard and watch the mystery unfold! The Grand Hotel is the newest destination on the Las Vegas strip and it’s about to announce a $10 million profit in it’s first yea, but the CEO was a no show at the gala celebration! Who knew about his allergy to penicillin? Was is the hotel physician, or the Chef d’ Jour? Someone had an axe to grind, care to place a bet?

Ticket includes 2 hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Menus for the boxed dinner will be announced one week prior to the event. Individuals requesting vegetarian meal options can contact kcanzoni@cvsr.com no later than Friday, January 12th, 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person

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February

Murder Mystery Train: Last Voyage!
Friday, February 2nd from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and up

The captain went down, but not with the ship! The engagement cruise on the party yacht took a dive when someone started leaking secrets! Who will Gale Storm land next, or has Ty Tannick sunk to a new low?

Ticket includes 2 hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Menus for the boxed dinner will be announced one week prior to the event. Individuals requesting vegetarian meal options can contact kcanzoni@cvsr.com no later than Friday, January 26th, 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person

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Decades Train
Saturday, February 10th from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and up

We’re taking it way back in time from the glamour of the 1920’s those neon windbreakers of the 1990’s!  Each car will pay tribute to a great decade with music, décor, and activities. Whether you’re looking  for a fun Valentine’s Day date idea, friends night out, or a shared family trip through time, this train is sure to be a good time! The young and young at heart will enjoy climbing aboard as you ride the rails through the National Park on the Decade’s Train!

Come dressed in your favorite decade wear, snap a picture and share your photos by tagging us at Facebook (@CVSRailroad) and Instagram (Cuyahoga_Valley_Railroad), using #CVSRdecade. The top three photos will be selected on February 14th! Photos must be shared by tagging our Facebook or Instagram page using the #CVSRdecade hashtag for inclusion.

Tickets are $45 per person.

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Superhero Train
Saturday, February 10th from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside station
All ages. Passengers ages 3 and up need ticket. Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap.

Bam, Wham, KaPow! It’s a super hero filled afternoon! Join us for an afternoon on the train to listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat! On board you will have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with your favorite superheros. Our special guests include Bat Guy, Superpower Girl, Warrior Woman and Patriotic Hero!

Tickets are $30 per person.

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March 

Murder Mystery Train: Oscar Madness!
Friday, March 2nd from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Akron Northside station
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and up

Everyone in Hollywood is buzzing about tonight’s Oscar ceremony. Climb aboard and watch the mystery unfold! Moments after Herta Stone Best Actress for “Whatever Happened to Baby Ruth”, her has been husband was run down a by a black limo, but everyone in Hollywood drives a black limo! Fashion critic Joan Waters investigates the celebs of the Red Carpet to find out who is “mad about Oscar”!

Ticket includes 2 hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Menus for the boxed dinner will be announced one week prior to the event. Individuals requesting vegetarian meal options can contact kcanzoni@cvsr.com no later than Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person.

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Royalty on the Rails
Sunday, March 11th from 1:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Departs at 1:45 p.m. out of Peninsula Depot
All ages. Passengers ages 3 and up need ticket. Passengers under the age of 3 do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap.

Join us for an afternoon on the train to listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet treat! Here you will have the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with your favorite characters. Our special guests include Princess Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White and the Little Mermaid.

Tickets are $30 per person, ages 3+.

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Murder Mystery Train: Spooky Seance!
Friday, March 16th from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside Station 
Recommended for passengers ages 14 and up

Are you a believer? Even Madame Gaze can’t predict these turn of events! Climb aboard and watch the mystery unfold! The list of believers in Madam Gaze’s psychic abilities spans the globe! British socialite Lady Sadie, gossip writer Jackie O’ Collins, and oil tycoon Sheik Sneak a Peek all make the list. Now Madame Gaze is dead and her diary seems to be missing. Can you predict how the mystery will unfold?

Ticket includes 2 hour train ride,  boxed dinner and murder mystery program. Menus for the boxed dinner will be announced one week prior to the event. Individuals requesting vegetarian meal options can contact kcanzoni@cvsr.com no later than  Friday, March 9th, 2018.

Tickets are $50 per person.

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