• Polar Express Train Ride Texas

All train rides currently depart from the PALESTINE, TX train depot.
From August 22 through October 26 the train departs from the Rusk, TX train depot.

The PolarExpress
November 16 - December 28, 2019

Texas State Railroad presents


 Tickets are On Sale NOW!

The magical story comes to life the minute the train departs the Palestine Depot for the journey to the North Pole. (The adventure is even more fun when families and friends show up in their pajamas!)

Enveloped by the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the tale as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, chefs serve hot chocolate and cookies as they recite the classic children’s book, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. (Be sure to purchase a book along with your tickets so your child can read his/her own book along with the chefs.)

At the North Pole, Santa and his elves greet passengers and then board the train. St. Nick gives everyone the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell (only believers can hear ringing!). On the ride back to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train depot, chefs lead passengers in singing joyous Christmas carols.

Make sure to purchase the official POLAR EXPRESS™ book for your child when you make your reservations. Gift-wrapped as their first gift of the season, they can read along with the Coco Chefs onboard the magical journey to the North Pole.


The sky-high Dome Class is located in the doubledecker Dome Car, complete with keepsake POLAR EXPRESS™ mugs, hot chocolate and cookies.

Seats are limited in the exclusive Presidential Class where keepsake POLAR EXPRESS™ mugs, hot chocolate and cookies make this a truly magical experience. Please note there is no access to viewing platform during Polar Express train rides.

First Class features table-top seating for parties of four and two along with POLAR EXPRESS™ mugs, hot chocolate and cookies.

Deluxe Coach features table-top seating for parties of four along with POLAR EXPRESS™ mugs, hot chocolate and cookies.

Coach Class has historic Pullman-style seating for two. Hot chocolate and cookies are served by the chefs.

Open-Air Coach has no glass in the panes so the outside air flows freely through the car. We suggest that you wear warm clothing, hats and gloves in inclement weather. Blankets are acceptable. Hot chocolate and cookies are served by the chefs.

All cars have large viewing windows, thrilling children as they get their first glimpse of Santa and the North Pole.

Polar Express Frequently-asked Questions

Length of Ride

The round-trip train ride is approximately 60 minutes long.

Included in Ticket Price

All tickets include train ride, hot chocolate and sugar cookies.  First-class and Presidential-class passengers receive a complimentary keepsake POLAR EXPRESS™ mug. All passengers in all classes receive a silver sleigh bell.

Picking Up Tickets

Tickets are picked up at the ticket window on the day of departure. (We do not mail tickets in advance.)

Clothing for Event

Pajamas for children of all ages is encouraged!  Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are recommended. Jackets are recommended for time outdoors and when waiting to board the train.

Adult with Lap Child (One-Year-Old or Younger)

The purchase of an adult ticket with a lap-child ticket guarantees ONE seat.  For the safety and comfort of all passengers, only one lap-child ticket may be purchased per one adult.  (If you would like a seat for your one-year-old child, you may purchase a child’s ticket.)

Food Service during the Train Ride

Hot chocolate and cookies are served onboard the train.  No outside food or drink is permitted. Food is available for purchase at the depot prior to and after the train ride.

Food Allergies

We cannot ensure that the hot chocolate or cookies presented on the train do not contain ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction.  Please call a representative at 855-632-7729 to inquire about food allergy allowances.

Reservations made with odd numbers of tickets

Our seating is configured in even numbers. To ensure that an odd number of people in your party do sit together, you will need to purchase an additional seat.

Multiple Parties Seated Together

To ensure that multiple family members or groups are seated together, the reservation should be secured by one person under one confirmation number.  If reservations are made separately, there is no guarantee of sitting in the same car.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The train only can accommodate a limited number of wheelchair patrons per each train departure.  Please call a representative at 855-632-7729 to book your tickets for the entire party with a wheelchair passenger.

Departure Site

All POLAR EXPRESS™ train rides depart from Texas State Railroad’s Palestine depot located at 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, TX 75801

Pricing/Cancellation Policy

Due to the popularity of this event, there are no discounts available for POLAR EXPRESS™ tickets and, once purchased, there are no refunds or cancellations. Please be aware of your ride date and time.

Arrival Time

Plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to your POLAR EXPRESS™ adventure. We look forward to having you ride with us!


THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. (s19)
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Because of special, incidental or consequential situations that may be out of our control, Texas State Railroad reserves the right to adjust our operation between the date of your booking and the day of departure. These changes could include (but not be limited to): locomotive power for the day, passenger car assignments, layover and/or meal time during the four-hour ride and departure and/or arrival times. Thanking you in advance for your consideration.