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Blogger News: 10 Polar Express Train Rides for Families 15.10.15

Let the kids experience a real-life version of "The Polar Express" at one of these railroads, which celebrate the beloved tale and holiday season with hot cocoa, sing-alongs, visits with Santa Claus and more.



New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Enjoy a scenic view of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, aboard the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad's North Pole Express. The ride lasts one to 1.5 hours and includes hot chocolate, cookies, Christmas carol sing-a-longs, live music, and special visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Rides begin Nov. 27, 2015 and run through December, except for the following dates: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Tickets start from $49 for adults, $47 for children ages 2 to 11, and $15 for toddlers, with an additional fee for a photo with Santa.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad in New York operates The Polar Express out of Utica Union Station. Guests are encouraged to wear pajamas for the rides, which operate Friday to Sunday, Nov. 20 to Dec. 20, 2015, and then Thursdays, Dec. 3 to 17. Train rides are approximately two hours in length and tickets start from $28 for adults and $24 for children ages 2 to 12. 

Branson Scenic Railway
The Branson Scenic Railway in Missouri operates a Polar Express from the historic Branson Depot. Rides last about 1.5 hours and take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in November (with a few additional dates), and every day Dec. 3 to 22, 2015. The trip includes a live reading of "The Polar Express" and hot cocoa and cookies. When families arrive at the "North Pole," Santa boards the train to give each child a gift. Tickets start at $39 for adults and $29 for children ages 2 to 12.

California State Railroad Museum
The Polar Express Train at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, California, is so popular, it has already sold out for 2015. This ride includes many elements of the movie, including the dancing waiters who serve hot chocolate and cookies! Children receive a silver bell from Santa Claus when they reach the "North Pole." Ticket prices start at $45 per person; be sure to get your tickets for 2016 as soon as they go on sale! 

Grand Canyon Railway
The Grand Canyon Railway, which offers fantastic views of the Grand Canyon, is offering a version of the Polar Express, November through January. The ride lasts just over one hour and tickets start from $34 for adults and $24 for children. You can also book a Polar Express Package at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel -- it includes overnight accommodations; breakfast and dinner; and tickets for the train ride. 

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
The holiday journey aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad operates Nov. 13, 2015 to January 3, 2016. The train ride lasts about one hour and 15 minutes, and travels through Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park, affording spectacular views. Guests enjoy a warm cookie, hot cocoa and a special souvenir. Rates start at $28 for kids and $42 for adults; there's a $10 fee for infants. Book a ride on Christmas Eve for an extra special experience. 

Cape Cod Central Railroad
Visit Cape Cod during the winter and enjoy a special ride on The Train to Christmas Town. The 70-minute train ride takes kids to a special Christmas destination filled with lights and characters, where they disembark for cocoa, cookies, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Kids take home an ornament and book memento. The train leaves from Hyannis and runs Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27 through Dec. 26, with additional dates on Thursdays and near Christmas. Tickets start from $25 for adults and $20 for children, and infants and toddlers under 2 are free when seated on an adult's lap (unless in First or Diamond Class, which is $10). The Train to Christmas Town is also available in Watsonville, California; Alamosa, Colorado; and Belmont, North Carolina. 

Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Grapevine, Texas, just outside of Dallas, is the Christmas Capital of Texas, so it makes sense the city offers a North Pole Express via the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Families ride the Victorian-style train with Mrs. Claus before stopping at the Christmas Tree Trail to the North Pole, where a Christmas show entertains and Santa makes his appearance. Kids receive a free photo with Santa, as well as a souvenir mug filled with Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk. The train operates Friday to Sunday, from Nov. 27 to to Dec. 23, 2015. Tickets are $25 per person; infants under 12 months are free to ride. If visiting from out of town, book an overnight stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center to enjoy its holiday events and displays, which include ice-carved creations.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
In the North Georgia Mountains, take a ride aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which operates the Santa Express. Beginning at its historic depot, the one-hour train ride takes guests through Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Families enjoy a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," visits with characters and Santa Claus, and singing holiday carols. Kids receive a memento, activity book and candy cane. Tickets start at $43 for adults and $27 for kids ages 2 to 12; children under 2 are free. Rides are offered on select dates, Nov. 21 to Dec. 24, 2015. 

Mount Hood Railroad
Outside of Portland, Oregon, Mount Hood Railroad in Hood River offers a holiday ride via Premier Collection Rail, which operates exclusively licensed Polar Express trains. Train rides take place on weekends, Nov. 14 to Dec. 26, 2015, with additional rides available on Nov. 25 (the day before Thanksgiving) and close to Christmas. Tickets start at $40 per adult and $30 per child ages 2 to 12. Other rides by Premier Collection are available throughout the U.S. and at two locations in the UK. 

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