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REAL Polar Express Train Rides in the US

Updated on November 2, 2012

My Daughter Fell IN LOVE with The Polar Express

At age four my oldest daughter fell IN LOVE with the Polar Express. She was even more shocked when we told her that trains were real!!!

I knew that next year, even if I had to drive halfway across the country I was going to have to find THE REAL Polar Express packaged complete with a stop to the North Pole. I'm starting my search in January, 2011 - so hopefully before next Thanksgiving this lens will be complete with the ins and outs of each Polar Express (or Christmas Train) in the US.

So stay tuned and check back soon as I gather more information on all the options for real Christmas train rides to the North Pole in 2011. I'll be posting a full comparison (so if you have experience or details about one please comment so I can include these details).

Find a REAL Polar ExpressTrain Ride Near You - Here's an Interactive map with all the Christmas Train's I've found.

Unfortunately there wasn't a way to link to the websites on this Google map. You'll find the phone numbers on the listing, but will have to search farther down in this page to find the website link.

Michigan Steam Train Polar Express Ride:
405 South Washington Street, Owosso Michigan

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Grand Canyon Railway Polar Express Ride:
233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd Williams, Arizona

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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Polar Express Ride:
225 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

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Adirondack Scenic Railroad:
321 Main Street Utica, New York 13501-1295

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California State Railroad Museum:
111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Essex Steam Train:
1 Railroad Avenue, Centerbrook, CT 0640

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Texas State Railroad:
Rusk, TX 75785

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Fillmore and Western Museum:
364 Main Street Fillmore, CA 93015

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Journey to the North Pole:
Bartlett, NH 03812

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway:
241 Depot Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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Mount Hood Railway:
110 Railroad Street, Hood River, OR 97031

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The Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum:
1101 Sylvenus Street, Chehalis, WA 98532

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Georgetown Loop Railroad:
Georgetown, Colorado 80444

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Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum:
225 10th Street, Boone, Iowa 50036

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Knoxville Christmas Train:
Knoxville, TN 37901

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Kentucky Railway Museum:
136 South Main Street, New Haven, Kentucky 40051

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Roaring Camp Railroads:
Felton, CA 95018, USA

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Dry Gulch Oklahoma Christmas Train:
572 Dry Gulch Rd, Adair, OK 74330-3004

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Spirit of the Season

"Its the spirit of the season

you can feel it the air

you can hear it if you listen

everywhere so much care like a prayer

where ever it is you need to share it."

Polar Express Train Rides

Polar Express Train Rides
Polar Express Train Rides

Toy Christmas Train Rides - Here are some of my favorite Christmas Toy Train sets.

LEGO Toy Story Western Train Chase (7597)
LEGO Toy Story Western Train Chase (7597)

I love this lego set! The train is adorable (but only come with half a set of tracks, so if you want to make a circle make sure to buy a second set of tracks.


Classic Children's Books for the Train Ride

Depending on what Christmas train ride you take, you could be inside the train for a while, and that could seem like an eternity to a young child that has Christmas-train-induced adrenaline. Why not make it a really special train ride, and bring along some classic holiday stories to read.

Would love to know more about where you took a train to the North Pole!

Tell us about your real north pole train experience...

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    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      My son loves riding real trains, but we have somehow missed the "polar express"

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      5 years ago

      I'm pretty sure there is a train to the North Pole in Colorado - it's in Cascade

    • artbyrodriguez profile image

      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      A train ride is exciting in every season....but love the Polar Express!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! Learned something new. Thank you!

    • bikerministry profile image


      6 years ago

      I know there is one in Indiana also, The Whtiewater Valley Railroad in Indianapolis. It's only 10 days and sells out quickly every year. Great lens theme! Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      Check our Blackstone Valley Polar Express in Woonsocket, RI

    • JanieceTobey profile image


      7 years ago

      When my children were younger, we took a Christmas train ride. Santa came onboard the train and sat with each child on the train for a short while.


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