St. Louis-area families can take a magical journey to the North Pole when The Polar Express Train Ride™ returns to Union Station Nov. 16-Dec. 30.
Tickets for this year’s expedition will be available at www.STLPolarExpressRide.com beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 12. Rides will be offered on select dates throughout the holiday season at 4:30, 6 and 7:15 p.m.; a few 8:30 p.m. departure times will also be available.
First-class tickets are $69; first-class ticket holders will receive a Polar Express mug and will be seated at four-top tables on the train. Coach tickets start at $45. Discounts are available when tickets are purchased with a hotel package at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.
The Polar Express Train Ride draws inspiration from Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved children’s book, “The Polar Express.” Passengers on The Polar Express relive the story as they are whisked away from St. Louis Union Station on a round-trip journey to the North Pole, where they will meet Santa and receive a silver sleigh bell. On the return trip, chefs lead passengers in singing Christmas carols. Guests are encouraged to wear holiday pajamas for this festive excursion and will be treated to hot cocoa and cookies.
St. Louis Union Station will also host a holiday fire and light show set to Christmas music on the train shed lake, as well as a series of holiday dinners in the Grand Hall. The buffet-style dinners include a visit by Santa and his elves, a 3-D light show projected on the ceiling, and a holiday dessert buffet.
Santa paid an early visit to St. Louis this week, bringing his elves, singing chefs and the conductor for special performances for children receiving care at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. The Polar Express Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station is partnering with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis (CMN-STL) to raise awareness for the organization’s work and to bring holiday experiences to kids undergoing treatment at CMN-STL’s two members.
For more information about The Polar Express Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station, call 314-942-6942, or visit www.STLPolarExpressRide.com.