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!

November 10 – December 23

Show Times: 5:00PM, 6:30PM, 8:00PM

Tickets: $35-$75 (for children ages 2-11), $45-$100 (adults)

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Why should my children dress in their pajamas?

In the story, all the children taking this magical train ride are awakened from their beds on Christmas Eve. Join the fun by bringing your children in their pajamas. Adults are also welcome to join the PJ party fun.

*guests will be outside as they wait for the Polar Express to arrive, make sure to wear warm layers.

If I haven’t read the book or seen the movie will I still have a good time?

Yes, you can read along or just listen as we read the story book on our adventure to the North Pole. But, if you have read the book or seen the movie you should feel like you’ve just stepped off the pages…as we recreate the story with your child as a part of the cast.

Where can I buy a copy of the movie or story book in advance?

During The Polar Express event, please stop by the Colorado Railroad Museum Depot General Store books, videos, games, and other holiday gift ideas. Many items are also available in our online web store.

Will I get to meet the conductor of the train?

Yes, he will call “All Aboard” when the train is ready to leave the station. There will be other storybook characters on board the train as well, so you won’t want to miss this exciting train trip.

How long is the experience?

Each performance will be about 75 minutes long.

Will my child get to meet Santa personally?

Yes, Santa will make an appearance at the North Pole and board the train to present the “first gift of Christmas.”

Santa will also sit next to the boarding area to pose for photos with guests as they depart. Bring your own camera and photographer.

Can I return my tickets for a refund?

No, we do not offer refunds. Tickets can be exchanged for a different day and time for a $4 per ticket exchange fee, and with enough notice before the originally scheduled event.

What are the seating arrangements?

Each performance area is unique but all guests will receive the full Polar Express Train Ride Experience.

The Candy Cane Hall & Coach section features close-by access to restrooms as well as wider walkways in the hall.

The Mistle Toe Diner & Coach section starts in a brightly lit dining car.

The Sugar Cookie Coaches section features seating in coach cars the entire performance.

The Sleigh Bell Private Cars feature intimate seating in our luxury 1880′s Business Cars. Sleigh Bell Ticket holders will be in the front row as the train arrives, the first to board the train and they will have the first opportunity to pose for photos with Santa after the ride.

Pictures of the performance areas and train cars are available here.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased in advance in our online store.

Ticket Fares:

Standard Candy Cane Hall & Coach, Sugar Cookie Coaches or Mistle Toe Diner & Coach Tickets: $45 adults, $35 children ages 2-11.
Sleigh Bell Private Cars Tickets: $100 adults, $75 children ages 2-11.

When purchasing tickets, select your desired ticket level and performance date.

Members receive a $3 discount per ticket. The discount will be applied when you enter your Member Access Password while purchasing your tickets. If you did not receive a Access Password via email contact Museum Staff.

Will the event be canceled because of weather conditions?

No. The Polar Express Train Ride is an all-weather event and will operate rain, snow  or shine.