FAMILY Parenting

Polar Express Train Ride in Upstate NY

Written by Elizabeth Mitchell

Looking to take your kids on a real Polar Express train ride? Hop aboard in upstate New York, where the Saratoga area is offering a super fun Polar Express train ride experience for entire families.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway will begin service to the North Pole onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 2014.  The magical story comes to life when the train departs the Saratoga Springs Depot for a one-hour round-trip journey to the North Pole.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway is currently entering its 4th season operating THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride and is thrilled to welcome Saratoga Springs Mayor, Joanne Yepsen as its first special guest conductor of the season.  Mayor Yepsen will cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of Saratoga & North Creek Railway’s POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride and will help the event conductors punch tickets and greet riders.  To date, the Saratoga & North Creek Railway has sold nearly 17,000 tickets for the 2014 holiday ride and has added a new economical class of service to its existing three classes to accommodate increasing demands for affordable family options.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Saratoga Springs Depot.  Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

The Polar Express Train Ride journey begins Nov. 14 and runs through Dec. 28 on select dates. Exact dates, fares and excursion times are available by calling 877-726-7245 or by visiting  Ticket prices begin at $70 for  adults and $25 for children (ages 2-11), depending on date and class of service.


About the author

Elizabeth Mitchell

Born and raised in NC, Liz attended college at NYU before making the move to the City of Angels where she currently resides. She has an uncanny love for all things neon, prefers regular to diet and secretly wishes she were a hipster because it’d be ironic. Follow her on twitter at your own risk: @emitchell456

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