The Polar Express

Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 at 2:00pm


Join us for this family reenactment of the award-winning book, “The Polar Express”,  written by Chris Van Allsburg. Your adventure begins on board our decorated train as Storytellers read the story aloud.   As the train heads north toward the North Pole, festive elves will entertain you with songs, games and activities.  Delicious hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies specially made by Mrs. Claus just for you are served on board.

When the train arrives at the North Pole you will see Santa and his workshop out your train window.  (Passengers do not get off the train.)   The train stops long enough to pick up Santa, who will visit with children on the way back and gift them all with a special jingle bell taken from the reindeer’s harness.  If you can hear the bell ring…you truly believe!

Tickets are $42.00 a piece for Balcony seating, $50.00 a piece for coach seating, $62.00 a piece for deluxe seating and $72.00 a piece for First Class seating.  Private compartments (seats up to five) are $450.00. Please note, each ticket also has a $3 ticket fee.

We are offering the opportunity to rent an entire private First Class Car for your group. The coach can seat up to 28 people, and the cost is $3,000.  There is only one private First Class Car per trip, so don’t delay in calling!  These tickets also go on sale to Members only May 2nd. Coach seating cars are also available for rent, please call for availability and cost.

First Class seating includes a separate First Class Waiting Room so you do not have to wait outside in the cold. The conductor will personally come and lead you from your waiting room in the Museum’s Panhandle Theater to the train as you will be first to board the train.  During your wait to board, children will be able to watch Christmas movies.   Each first class child 1-12 will receive an engineer’s hat, wooden train whistle and another special treat on board the train.

Coach passengers will also be welcomed by the Conductor and board the train from outside.  Please be prepared for the weather, warm clothes if cold; umbrellas if raining.

Before or after the trip, enjoy the holiday decorations in our 1873 Depot, now a National Historic Landmark for its important role during WWII.  Take the kids for a tour the Museum and enjoy the Bing Scavenger Hunt that will take you through the new wing at our museum composed of a train attached to the Depot!  Enjoy dinner in one of our local restaurants.  Don’t leave without picking up your Polar Express  souvenirs in the Museum’s Whistle Stop Railway Gift Shop or from local vendors in the Masonic Temple.

Time: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.