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!
(13.8 MILES FROM RHINECLIFF STATION)
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!
(AT THE SARATOGA SPRINGS AMTRAK STATION)
Hop on the Polar Express, and take a trip to Santa’s North Pole Village! After a 30-minute train ride of hot cocoa, cookies, dancing chefs, and storytelling, children will get to meet Santa in the magical Christmas Village. Connor Rudy, who works for Premiere Rails says, “Polar Express is a magical experience based on the beloved book and motion picture. Families looking to share in the spirit of the holiday season will enjoy cookies and hot chocolate as the story comes alive on board the train ride.”
Photo from Cargo Law
ADIRONDACK SCENIC RAILWAY’S POLAR EXPRESS
(AT THE UTICA AMTRAK STATION)
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!
MEDINA RAILROAD MUSEUM’S POLAR EXPRESS
(35.2 MILES FROM BUFFALO-DEPEW AMTRAK STATION)
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.
(34.2 MILES FROM PENN STATION)
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!”