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The holiday season will be all the more magical when you book a ride on the Polar Express train. Rail Events Inc. is making it possible for you and your family to live out the story from the beloved children’s book “The Polar Express” in real life.
The train will depart from 50 different stations across the United States, Canada and the UK, so there’s a good chance you can hop aboard at a location near you.
“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg is the story of a boy who is invited to ride an enchanted train to the North Pole so he could make his Christmas wish. The trip becomes a magical adventure. Oil pastel illustrations accompany the text in what has become a classic Christmas tale.
The beloved book was also made into an animated film in 2004, starring Tom Hanks, and it has become a holiday favorite in its own right.
The real-life Polar Express train ride will replicate the experience described in the story. All those on board will get to experience the soundtrack from the movie playing throughout the ride. If you aren’t familiar with the tune, you can hear it in the trailer below:
Hot chocolate and cookies will also be served as children listen to a reading of the book. And last but certainly not least, kids will have the chance to meet Santa upon their arrival at the “North Pole.”
To top it all off, each child will receive their own silver sleigh bell, just like the boy does in the story!
This video from the Rail Events Inc. YouTube channel gives a glimpse into what the train ride has in store:
The train ride typically lasts 60-75 minutes, according to the Rail Events Inc. website. Families are encouraged to wear their comfiest pajamas for the ride!
As you can see in a Facebook post from the company, these kids look all sorts of cozy and excited to be getting their golden tickets. How cute!
Of course, Santa makes an appearance on these festive train rides, as captured by this photo on the company’s Facebook:
You can find a location near you using the location tool on the Rail Events Inc. website. To book tickets, contact the location you’d like to visit and order directly through that specific location. Pricing varies by venue, but according to Hip2Save, last year’s ticket prices ranged from $35-$120.
Rail Events Inc. isn’t the only company that offers this kind of holiday train ride. Various railway companies and railroad museums across the country host similar “The Polar Express”-themed train rides!
For example, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum in Durango, Colorado hosts Polar Express train rides beginning in November and going through January.
Check out how magical the experience looks, as showcased on Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s official Instagram account:
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A special holiday shoutout to professional photographer @kennethgibson75, who recently captured these wonderful winterland #MyDurangoTrainMoment shots of @dsngrr Locomotive No. 481 in action preparing for another THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride to the North Pole! ðð ð»âï¸ð¯
So, there are plenty of opportunities for your kids to visit the North Pole leading up to the holiday season.
Will you be booking a ticket to ride one of these Christmas-y trains? All aboard!