Dates: November 19, 2021-January 1, 2022

Experience the Magic This Holiday Season!

Join us for a truly magical recreation of the classic holiday story about a child’s Christmas Eve journey aboard a vintage steam train as it departs our station in Durango and sets off for the North Pole. Once onboard, the chefs will dance and serve hot chocolate and a sweet treat and you will enjoy a reading of The Polar Express by your conductor as you travel to the North Pole to pick up Santa. On the return trip to Durango, Santa will visit each coach and hand out the first gift of Christmas, the silver bell.

What is the THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride?

First told in the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this is the story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey.  It was adapted to the big screen in 2003.  And now it comes alive each year with THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth and fun of the Christmas season on a special steam train trip to the North Pole! Certain dates and car types will sell quickly so you’ll want to book soon to reserve your preferred seating!

Next Stop: The North Pole

Make it your holiday tradition to bring the whole family to take the magical journey to the North Pole!  The award-winning book comes to life through the chefs, hobo, conductor, Hero Boy, Billy, Santa, and all the elves on this historic steam train.

Your Safety is Our Priority

The health and safety of our guests has always been paramount for our team at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. We will be taking every precaution during the THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride to properly sanitize and clean both during and between each magical journey. For more information about our enhanced cleaning protocols and regulations, please visit our Covid-19 page here.

Seating Options

Standard Class Coach Seating:  Forward-facing with 2 people per seat.

Deluxe-Class:  Flip-over seating enables parties to face each other. Upgraded amenities include a take-home souvenir ceramic THE POLAR EXPRESS™ mug.

Premium First Class:  Table and chair seating in historic first class style as the whole family enjoys the upgraded amenities including your own take-home THE POLAR EXPRESS™ mug and special theme Christmas decor.

2021 Fares and Schedule


THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Schedule

What To Expect

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is our most popular event of the year and is an annual holiday tradition for many riders. While the onboard train journey is roughly 65 minutes in duration, we recommend allowing 2 hours for the entire experience so you can enjoy the full dramatic show pre-boarding and see the reindeer and Santa after your return to the depot! The weather can be cold at the North Pole, so we recommend layering properly, even though all the cabins are heated aboard the train. As always, we recommend wearing pajamas to capture the Christmas spirit! Click below for more frequently asked questions about THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train.

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