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WHAT: Polar Express trains 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 . The journey takes you from Ely, Nevada on a special trip right to the North Pole. Santa's Elves are honored that Nevada Northern Railway's Polar Express train has been voted as the "Best Special Event in Rural Nevada" by readers of Nevada Magazine.
Each passenger to the North Pole will be served hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the beloved story of the Polar Express and music from the Polar Express soundtrack. Many of Santa's helpers will be on-board helping you enjoy the trip. Everyone will experience that magic moment when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus himself is waiting! Santa will board The Polar Express and personally present each child their own special gift.
Make this a Christmas tradition. Call soon and reserve your seats for the Polar Express. Space is limited, and sure to go first to those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas!
Based on the popular children’s book The Polar Express, this is a story of a young boy and his sister who learn from their friends that there is no 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 is on a journey northward; the destination is 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 his trip to his home, the boy discovers that he had a hole in his pocket and he lost the bell. The next morning, though, 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. He always believed in the spirit of Christmas.
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The Polar Express will depart from our East Ely, NV depot exactly at the departure time, so you must be at the depot 45 minutes before departure to claim your tickets and board the train. There is open seating, first come, first served, so board with your party and select seating together. The train is pulled by one of our vintage diesel locomotives. The trip takes approximately 90 minutes.
Restrooms are available on-board during your trip. Sorry, pets aren't allowed on trains.