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WHAT: Polar Express trains for families depart Ely, NV during the Christmas season for trips to the North Pole and return.
WHEN: Weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. See schedule below.
WHERE: Ely, NV: 245 miles North of Las Vegas, 245 Miles West / Southwest of Salt Lake City, 300 miles East of Reno.
ON-BOARD: Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Meet Santa himself. Join in singing Christmas carols.
Experience the magic of Chris Van Allsburg's classic children's book The Polar Express come to life on the rails of the Nevada Northern Railway . This magical family adventure departs from Ely, Nevada to go see, meet, and ride with Santa at the North Pole.
Just like in the movie and the book, along the way we will meet a lively bunch of Santa's helpers, including the elves, and the chef. We will all be served hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the beloved children's story of the Polar Express. We'll sing along with all of the holiday favorites from the the Polar Express movie. Of course, photo-ops are plentiful along the way, so bring your camera and dress the part, if you like. Sure, pajamas are very much in style on this family train ride
Everyone will experience that magic moment when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus himself will join us! Santa will board The Polar Express and personally present each child their own special gift so they can always remember the sprit of Christmas, and their trip on the Polar Express.
Santa's Elves are honored that Nevada Northern Railway's Polar Express children's train ride has been voted as the "Best Special Event in Rural Nevada" by readers of Nevada Magazine.
Based on the popular children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is a story of a young boy and his sister who hear from their friends that there might not be a Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, however, the boy hears a distant whistle and sees a locomotive pull into his front yard. He boards it, and and finds that it is on a journey to the North Pole.
After he and the other children disembark, they learn that it is nearly time for Santa to begin his annual Christmas Eve journey. However, he will select one of them to receive the first gift of Christmas, which can be anything that they wish. The young boy is selected, and, after much thought, he chooses a bell from the harness of Santa's reindeer.
When he begins the trip back to his home, the boy discovers that there was a hole in his pocket, so he lost the bell. The next morning he receives an extra present: the bell with a note from Santa. His parents are disappointed because they do not hear the sweet jingle from it, and they think that it is broken. However, the boy and his sister DO hear the clear, sweet sound because of their faith.
Many years later, the sister could no longer hear the jingle, but the boy always could because he always believed in the spirit of Christmas.
Our trains feature on-board restroom and are wheelchair accessible. All trains here operate on-time, as they have for over a century, so be at the depot ready for boarding 45 minutes before the departure time. Sorry, pets aren't allowed on trains or on the grounds. Service animals are always welcome, but please take necessary precautions for this somewhat noisy, industrial environment.
There is open seating, first come, first served, so board with your children and select seating together. The Polar Express Train is pulled by one of our vintage diesel locomotives. The train trip, including visiting with Santa on-board the train takes approximately 90 minutes.
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - 5 years in a row
Best Event in Rural Nevada – The Polar Express - 5 years in a row
Nevada State Treasure • Best Preservation Effort in the West • Attraction of the Year
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada – Recognized 8 times
Best Museum in Rural Nevada – Recognized 7 times
Best Tour in Rural Nevada - New award category in 2017
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