It’s fall, which marks the earliest, socially acceptable, time to plan and discuss the events of the forthcoming holiday season. This November, you can go full steam ahead into the most wonderful time of the year in Palestine, Texas, on their real-life Polar Express train ride.
During the Yuletide season, what’s more magical and immersive in the holiday spirit than living your favorite Christmas story come to life? For the ultimate joy ride, Texas State Railroad is putting on a one-of-a-kind experience in Texas with their Polar Express Train Ride in Palestine.
Beginning November 18, The Polar Express offers passengers a magical journey this holiday season. Encouraged to don their favorite, comfiest, and most festive PJs, passengers will be whisked away to the North Pole while enjoying cookies, hot chocolate, and other festivities as featured in the iconic children’s storybook – crew members will also read the book during the passage.
At the North Pole, passengers will be greeted by Santa and his elves, who will then join them on the train. On the ride back, Santa will present gifts to Polar Express passengers with a special sleigh bell before the chefs lead everyone in Christmas carols to carry everyone home.
The Polar Express Train Ride offers multiple seating options, including the Dome Class, Presidential Classes 1511 and 42, and First Class all of which comes with complementary souvenir mugs, hot chocolate, and cookies. Coach Class is also available, and includes hot cocoa and cookies, just not the mugs – all areas have expansive windows for optimal festive light viewing.
The Polar Express Train Ride departs from Texas State Railroad’s Palestine depot at 789 Park Road, 70. Seating is reserved in even numbers – organizers recommend purchasing tickets in even numbers to ensure that parties are seated together.
Passengers are encouraged to arrive at least 45 minutes before the train’s departure. The trip itself is supposed to last about an hour. Tickets start at $30 for kids, $50 for adults – or $60 for an adult with child aged 1 and under on lap.