Experience The Polar Express™ Train Ride
Select Dates November 12 – December 23

The story of The Polar Express is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season!

The wonder never fades for those who believe.

Performances run select Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November 12 through December 23 with additional performances Monday December 21 and Tuesday December 22.

Show Times: 5:00PM – 6:30PM – 8:00PM.

Each performance will last approximately 75 minutes.


Anticipate Your Journey

As you and your family take in the festive holiday decorations at The Polar Express Train Ride depot, you can almost hear the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance. Visitors will be greeted at the main entrance and will receive their souvenir “Golden Tickets” before being directed to their performance area:

Before long, scenes from the story come to life as dancing chefs and waiters arrive to serve cookies and hot chocolate. The wide-eyed children are invited to engage these winsome and inviting characters who are eager to hear from the youngsters about what makes the Christmas season special to them.

While the hot chocolate lingers in your mouth and warms your belly you will listen as the story of the Polar Express is performed in its entirety. A smile grows on your face as you watch your child become absorbed in the wonderment of the story like never before in anticipation of their own journey aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.

After the storytelling concludes, the train conductor invites you and the other passengers to assemble on the platform as your train arrives in a billow of steam. “All aboooooard!” Anticipation builds as you step onto the railcar to be escorted to your seat.

Experience The First Gift of Christmas

Once your adventure aboard The Polar Express Train Ride begins, you notice other key elements of the story, both inside and outside your railcar, springing to life. Watch and listen as another scene unfolds onboard before your eyes.

Upon arrival at the North Pole, keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s sleigh, a bag of toys and a giant Christmas tree. After the train slows to a stop, you find yourself delighting in the inspiring climax of the story as it takes place right outside your window. Children softly gasp as Santa presents “The First Gift of Christmas” to the young Hero.

After the train departs the North Pole for the return voyage to the Depot, you soon notice that the adventure isn’t over. Santa appears in your midst to present each ticketed child with their very own “First Gift of Christmas” souvenir bell. Thinking back to the story, you are inclined to remind the children to check their pockets for holes.

All ticket holders, including adults, will receive a special souvenir hot chocolate mug to remember their experience.

PREMIUM ticket holders will have a very elegant and personalized Polar Express experience in private cars including “The First Gift of Christmas” presented by Santa Claus. Each Premium ticketed family will receive an exclusive copy of The Polar Express book signed by Santa himself, and each rider will receive their own souvenir hot chocolate mug!

As the train approaches the final stop, your participation in the story of The Polar Express comes to an end. However, our hope for your family is that your holiday season has been enriched and memories from your experience will endure for years to come.

Chances are, you will never read the story of The Polar Express the same again.

Ticket Fares:

Standard RED, GREEN or ORANGE Tickets: $40 adults, $35 children ages 2-11.
Premium BLUE Tickets: $100 adults, $75 children ages 2-11.

Museum Members receive a $3 discount per ticket. Children under two can ride free on a ticketed adult’s lap. Due to the historic nature of the rail equipment in use, The Polar Express Train Ride is not an ADA accessible event. A $4 fee is charged per ticket for exchanges. There are no refunds for Polar Express Train Ride tickets.

Purchase Polar Express tickets here – August 15 (members) and September 1 (non-members).

Click here for the Polar Express Event FAQ page.

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