The Polar Express Train Rides Are Back for 2023 | Reserve Your Seats Before They Sell Out!

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Give your family the most magical Christmas memories yet by taking them on a Polar Express Train ride!

Polar Express train ride

Get ready to experience your most memorable Christmas yet!

If you want to start a fun new family tradition this holiday season, tickets are now available for the 2023 Polar Express Train Ride!

Inspired by the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, the Polar Express Train Ride brings the beloved story to life with a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa.

man reading The Polar Express on train

In case you’re unfamiliar with the book, it follows the story of a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus and finds himself boarding a train to the North Pole late one Christmas Eve. Upon his arrival, he gets to meet Santa, who gives him a very special silver bell for Christmas. This experience helps to reignite his belief in the magic of the holiday.

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Here’s how the Polar Express Train Ride brings this magical story to life…

There are several participating Polar Express Train ride locations all over the country. And just like in the story, passengers get to experience all the joy and wonder of a trip to “The North Pole” accompanied by hot cocoa, cookies, caroling, and a reading of The Polar Express. Plus, the train ride is set to the movie soundtrack!

Polar Express train Santa

Santa will be at the North Pole to greet passengers upon arrival, and each child will receive their very own sleigh bell. As an added element of fun, families are encouraged to wear their pajamas just as the characters in the story did!

Wondering how to get tickets for this magical train ride?

  • Once you find your location, click the “Visit Our Website” button and purchase tickets via that location’s webpage. Remember, each one is run independently so prices, times, regulations, and ticket availability may vary.
  • To make sure you’re able to join in the fun, we recommend purchasing tickets ASAP! These events usually sell out quickly, so scoop up some tickets as soon as you’re able to. You can reserve spaces now, and the participating trains generally operate at a minimum from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
  • Be sure to check out the different passenger classes when booking tickets. Many venues offer different price points with varying levels of perks!

Note: If traveling with other separately booked parties, be sure to let your Polar Express Train location know ahead of time if you’d like to sit together. Otherwise, they may not be able to accommodate your preferred seating arrangements.

Polar Express train ticket

Most Polar Express Train Ride locations are already accepting reservations, so be sure to purchase tickets soon, before they sell out!

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About the writer:

With a bachelor’s degree in communication and political science, Leslie has over 12 years of experience in the deal industry as a content writer and editor.

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Comments 6

  1. TrailTrekker

    Our location sold out within 4 hours of going on sale back in July, but we were lucky enough to get some.

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Wow! So glad you were able to grab tickets before they sold out, TrailTrekker! Hoping you have a great time! ❤️🚂

  2. Kim

    Any idea how much a ticket on sale was back in July? When I looked to see how much they were now it’s $80 for an adult ticket in Chicago, IL.

    • TrailTrekker

      Ours had 4 tiers of tickets. The cheapest were $25 each, the most expensive were $75 or $80 I think. That was for a whole table in the “premier” car. Our location sold out so fast the only thing I could get was the $50 tickets, so I just took them. The more expensive the tickets, the more benefits that come with them.

  3. Jocelyn

    no location in Los Angeles?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I see one in Perris California when searching the locations. Hoping that helps! ❤️

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