Polar Express Ride

Children of all ages can now experience the same Christmas spirit as the children in the animated masterpiece “The Polar Express.” The movie that was inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s classic book has now come to life! These trains offer a lot more than just cocoa, cookies, and Christmas carols, they offer Christmas cheer for the whole family. Across New York, there are many places where this is possible!

All of these locations are accessible via Amtrak and Enterprise!

Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Polar Express

Polar Express | Catskill Mountain Railroad

Children gather at the windows as Santa and his elves get ready to board the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Polar Express. | Photo Courtesy of Catskill Mountain Railroad Events

The Polar Express is back in Kingston! With the officially licensed Warner Bros™. train, this winter spectacular is a perfect replication of the movie. The conductors punch tickets in the same fashion as Tom Hanks’ “The Polar Express” character, hot chocolate is served to passengers and there is a sing-along! During the ride, there will also be a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s book that inspired it all!

Dates for the Catskill Mountain Railroad Polar Express Ride

November 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30
December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28

Ticket Prices on the Catskill Mountain Railroad Polar Express Ride

Off-Peak: Adults: $40; Children (Ages 2-12): $32;  Toddler (Under 2, In Lap): Free
Peak: Adults: $49; Children (Ages 2-12): $39;  Toddler (Under 2, In Lap): Free

Guests are required to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to their departure time. This allows time to park and check in at the Westbrook Station. Boarding will begin approximately 20 minutes prior to listed departure times. The train ride itself is just over an hour in length.

Take Amtrak to the Catskill Mountain Railroad Polar Express Ride

Experience the Catskill Mountain Railroad Polar Express via Amtrak to Rhinecliff-Kingston Station in the Hudson Valley—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount! The Catskill Mountain Railroad Polar Express Ride is 13.8 miles from the Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak Station.

Get picked up from the Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Yonkers office today at 845-336-4700.

Adirondack Scenic Railway’s Polar Express

Adirondack Scenic Railway | Polar Express

The decorated Adirondack Scenic Railway’s Polar Express train. | Photo Courtesy of Cargo Law

Travel north from Utica’s Union Station and become engulfed in the Christmas magic! Passengers will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and they will even get to meet the cocoa chefs. Families are encouraged to show up in their pajamas for this magical ride. For an even greater experience, try the First Class Cocoa Car! Mrs. Claus and the Chefs will be there for a meet and greet. All passengers will get to listen to Liam Neeson’s reading of Van Allsburg’s classic!

Dates for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad Polar Express Ride

November 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22

Ticket Information and Train Times

Coach Seating: Adults: $35; Youth (Ages 2-12): $31
First Class Seating: Adults: $55; Youth (Ages 2-12): $48

Departure Times: 4:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Cancellation Policy: The Adirondack Scenic Railroad does not offer refunds.

Children under two ride for free and must be seated on a parent’s lap. Online sales reflect actual inventory.

Take Amtrak to the Adirondack Scenic Railway Polar Express Train

Experience the Adirondack Scenic Railway Polar Express via Amtrak to Utica Station in the Central New York—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount! The Adirondack Scenic Railway Polar Express is located at the Utica Amtrak Station.

Looking for a getaway? Explore the area with an Enterprise rental. Get picked up from the Utica Amtrak Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Utica office today at 315-736-0002.

Medina Railroad Museum’s Polar Express

Medina Railroad Museum | Polar Express

Photo Courtesy of Medina Railroad Museum

Not only will you and the family have a chance to view the educational and historic Medina Railroad Museum, but you will also get a chance to ride the Polar Express train! Halfway through the trip, children can expect a visit from Santa! Each child will get to sit on Santa’s lap and enjoy his company. When the train arrives at the North Pole, the children will be greeted by dancing elves and Christmas music. The friendly staff of the Medina Railroad Museum makes this experiences a bit more enjoyable for parents are families, as well.

Dates for the Medina Railroad Polar Express

November 24, 25
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Times: 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices on the Medina Railroad Polar Express

Coach Seating
Passengers receive hot cocoa and a cookie. Children under two will receive a bell from Santa, but hot chocolate and cookies are not included.

All Tickets: $35*; Children under two ride free on a lap
Special Pricing: Sunday, November 25: $25

First-Class Seating
First Class passengers receive their own Polar Express ceramic souvenir cocoa mug, hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a cookie. Children under two will receive a bell from Santa, but hot chocolate, cookie and souvenir mug are not included.

All Tickets: $50*; Children under two ride free on a lap
Special Pricing: Sunday, November 25: $40

*Admission to the museum is included in your ticket fare.

Try to arrive one hour prior to your train departure to allow time for parking and to ticket pick-up in the museum. The Polar Express will start boarding 15 minutes prior to departure time and the train will leave promptly. Tickets are not refundable and can not be exchanged. All sales are final.

Take Amtrak to the Medina Railroad Museum’s Polar Express

Experience the Medina Railroad Museum’s Polar Express via Amtrak to Buffalo-Depew Station in Buffalo, NY—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount! The Medina Railroad Museum’s Polar Express is located 35.2 miles from the Buffalo-Depew Amtrak Station.

Get picked up from the Buffalo-Depew Amtrak Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Utica office today at 716-565-5400.

Morristown and Erie Canal Railway’s Polar Express

Morristown-Erie Railway | Polar Express

Meet Santa on the Morristown and Erie Railway’s Polar Express. | Photo Courtesy of Philms

On this magical holiday ride, children will be greeted by Santa himself, and they will all receive a sleigh bell, just like in the movie. This trip included hot cocoa and cookies and has the sound effects of the actual film. Jill Hightower, logistics and event manager at Morristown and Erie Railways said, “Experience the joy of caroling and holiday entertainment that will surely encourage you to join in and take part of the whole experience. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas!”

Dates for the Morristown and Erie Railway’s Polar Express

November 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30
December 1, 2, 4 – 9, 11 – 24, 26 – 30

2018 Coach Class Pricing
Value Departures:
$45 Adult, $40 Child
Standard Departures: $55 Adult, $50 Child
Peak Departures: $65 Adult, $60 Child

2018 First Class Pricing
Value Departures:
$65 Adult, $60 Child
Standard Departures: $70 Adult, $65 Child
Peak Departures: $75 Adult, $70 Child

Passengers are required to arrive approximately 45 minutes before their listed departure time to park and check in at Whippany Station at 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, Hanover, NJ 07981.

Take Amtrak to the Morristown and Erie Canal Railway’s Polar Express

Experience the Morristown and Erie Canal Railway’s Polar Express via Amtrak to Penn Station in New York City—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

The Morristown and Erie Canal Railway’s Polar Express is located 34.2 miles from the New York-Penn Station and can be reached via the Morris & Essex Line toward Dover, or the Montclair-Boonton Line towards MSU with a transfer to Morris & Essex Line towards Mount Olive aboard New Jersey Transit.

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