• Polar Express Train Ride Texas
The PolarExpress

Texas State Railroad

announces service to the North Pole



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 each child 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 and 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.

Seats are limited in the exclusive 24-seat Presidential Car where keepsake POLAR EXPRESS™ mugs, hot chocolate and cookies make this a truly magical experience. First Class features table-top seating for parties of four along with POLAR EXPRESS™ mugs  hot chocolate and cookies. Coach, with historic Pullman-style seating, hot chocolate and cookies, has large viewing windows, thrilling children as they get their first glimpse of Santa and the North Pole.


Polar Express Frequently-asked Questions

Departure Dates

Schedule will be available Summer of 2018

Departures Times

3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. Please note: not all dates offer all departure times.

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

Included in Ticket Price

All tickets include train ride, hot chocolate, sugar cookie and golden ticket.  First-class and Presidential-class passengers receive a complimentary keepsake POLAR EXPRESS™ mug. All children 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 on boarding platform.

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.

Number of Tickets in a Reservation

All ticket reservations require that an even number of tickets to be purchased (two, four, six, eight, etc.).  We cannot accommodate booking of an odd number of people in a reservation (one, three, etc.).

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 the 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.

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. (s17)



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