The Polar Express Train Ride

With the holidays quickly approaching, the Galveston Railroad Museum is celebrating the return of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride on GALVESTON ISLAND! This immersive family-oriented experience hosted over 1.4 million riders at 54 locations in the US, Canada, and the UK in 2019. Popular dates and times are expected to fill quickly, but seats are now available for departures beginning NOVEMBER 11 and continuing through DECEMBER 23.

The adventure comes to life when the train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. Once on board, the conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, characters on each car lead fantastic onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Just like the kids in the book, families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

Located in the heart of historic downtown Galveston, the Galveston Railroad Museum celebrates its 4th year of presenting this popular family-friendly event where pajamas are encouraged!! Kids of all ages will begin their experience in the train depot to begin their journey and then board the train for a trip to the North Pole. All aboard! Golden tickets are checked by the conductor to kick off the fun with live performances, a special appearance by Santa Claus, hot cocoa and cookies, and at peak at the North Pole arrival where Santa and his helpers are busy preparing for Christmas. The fun continues upon return to the train depot for photo ops and visits with Santa and his helpers. A family tradition for some, the Polar Express Experience is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit.

Refreshments and light food fare are available at the Whistle Stop Café and Riondo’s Food Truck located in the Garden of Steam.

The Galveston Railroad Museum is open daily 10 – 5 year ‘round for visitors to enjoy exhibits, learn about the history of the railroad, and immerse themselves in the golden age of rail. A full range of exclusive THE POLAR EXPRESS™ gifts and keepsakes are available for purchase at the museum store - the perfect place to do your holiday shopping before or as you exit the railyard after your ride.

Exact dates, times, and fares are available by visiting Ticket prices range from $30 (Coach) to $100 (Premium), depending on the date and time of the ride.

Upcoming Dates For This Event:

  • Friday, December 2
  • Saturday, December 3
  • Sunday, December 4
  • Monday, December 5
  • Tuesday, December 6
  • Wednesday, December 7
  • Thursday, December 8
  • Friday, December 9
  • Saturday, December 10
  • Sunday, December 11
  • Monday, December 12
  • Tuesday, December 13
  • Wednesday, December 14
  • Thursday, December 15
  • Friday, December 16
  • Saturday, December 17
  • Sunday, December 18
  • Monday, December 19
  • Tuesday, December 20
  • Wednesday, December 21
  • Thursday, December 22
  • Friday, December 23
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