Though the weather is blazing hot, Santa and his elves are already making their holiday travel plans. St. Louis Union Station has announced THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride will return to St. Louis for the 2017 holiday season beginning Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving, through Dec. 30.
The popular train ride recreates the magical story of a boy’s search for the meaning of Christmas using sounds from the motion picture soundtrack, hot cocoa, treats, and a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s book, “The Polar Express.”
Passengers are whisked away on a round-trip expedition to the North Pole, where each child meets Santa and receives a silver sleigh bell. Chefs lead passengers in a Christmas carol sing-a-long for the trip back to St. Louis. Visitors are encouraged to wear pajamas for the trip.
In addition to The Polar Express, St. Louis Union Station will also host a holiday fire and light show set to music on the train shed lake and holiday dinners in the Grand Hall. The buffet-style dinners will be offered on select days and will include a 3-D light show and visits by Santa’s elves and other holiday characters. Due to construction of the St. Louis Aquarium, Polar Express activities will be outdoors, on the train or inside the hotel.
St. Louis Union Station is located at 1820 Market Street in downtown St. Louis. Parking is available to Polar Express ticket holders for $5 in the Union Station lot at 18th and Clark.
Ticket/holiday hotel packages at Union Station will go on sale July 25. Train-ride only tickets may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 1. For a schedule, fares and to purchase tickets, visit STLPolarExpressRide.com.