The huge steam engine pulls into the station, puffing huge plumes of smoke and filling the air with the smell of its coal-burning engine. The Polar Express™ Train Ride has arrived on the Texas State Railroad and your very special journey to the North Pole is about to begin!
Christmas and trains seem to share a special connection. That’s probably why the book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg become an instant holiday classic in 1985. The story follows an 8-year-old boy who begins have doubts about Santa and the magic of Christmas until one night, a big steam engine pulls up in front of his house and the conductor beckons him aboard. Thus begins a special adventure to the North Pole where his meeting with Santa restores his faith.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride brings this story to life for you and your family aboard their beautiful vintage steam engine. Your journey to the North Pole begins at the Palestine, TX train depot. As you board the train, details of the story unfold. Kids, dressed in their pajamas, are served hot chocolate and cookies by dancing chefs while festive music is played. The Polar Express story is read aloud as you ride to the North Pole, where thousands of lights illuminate Santa’s workshop. Once you arrive, Santa joins you on the train and visits each child to present them with a special gift: a silver bell.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is the railroad’s most popular event as many families have made it an annual Christmas tradition. Tickets are still available but selling out quickly so don’t wait to make your reservation for this magical experience.