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Climb aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s Julebyen Express departing from the Duluth Depot and travel north to Knife River, MN, for a traditional Scandinavian Julebyen Christmas Festival. Enjoy Scandinavian foods, music and dancing, and fun shopping for artisan gifts at 20 colorful outdoor huts.

Upon arrival in Knife River, passengers deboard to wander all the displays, shops, and food all setup for the festival. Meanwhile, the train reloads and departs for several optional additional rides on the “Troll Train” which is just $10 more, with tickets sold at the Knife River Depot. This is the same train, but a short ride during the layover for a fun additional ride to search for mischievous trolls from the warm train (more below).

Train Schedule:

  • Depart Duluth Depot on the Express Train, at 9:30am
  • Arrive Knife River around 10:30am
  • Optional Troll Train To Troll Canyon ride: 11am, or 12pm (Sat/Sun) or additionally at 1pm (Sat only) – This is not included, but just $10 more as a contribution to the Knife River Recreation Center / Knife River Depot.
  • Express Train departs Knife River at 2pm (Sat) / 1pm (Sun)
  • Return to Duluth approximately 3:30pm (earlier Sunday)

Saturday, December 2nd: $25 Adults & $15 for Kids (3-13)

Sunday, December 3rd: $20 Adults & $10 for Kids (3-13)

Due to the historic nature of this excursion equipment, there is no wheelchair accessibility onto the train or at the arrival in Knife River. Strollers are not recommended due to the uneven surfaces in the festival, and are not permitted on the train. Baby seats/carriers are allowed and can be stored on the train during the layover if you choose. 

Ride on the Troll Train To Troll Canyon, after you get to Knife River. You’ll enjoy Troll storytelling and troll watching as you travel from Julebyen to Troll Canyon where trolls have been seen!

Tickets to the Troll Train To Troll Canyon are available for purchase at the Julebyen festival.


Learn more about the festival at https://julebyen.org/

When the train arrives the festival, passengers deboard to wander all the displays, shops, and food all setup for the festival. Three optional departures of the “Troll Train To Troll Canyon” ride depart at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm, for a 45 minute ride.

Then, there is some time to come back and wander for a while before your warm ride southward and home to Duluth.