UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2020 POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! This event is now over for the 2020 holiday season. Please check back soon for information about the 2021 event.   If you’d like to be notified when booking becomes available for this event, you can sign up for the wait list.  And be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest news.

Experience the Magic This Holiday Season!

Join us for a truly magical recreation of the classic holiday story aboard a vintage steam train as it departs our station in Durango and sets off for a round-trip excursion to the North Pole.  There you will see an incredible light display.  Your entire family will enjoy seeing Santa Claus and meeting two of his reindeer, Once tickets become available, reserve your seating for your desired dates before they’re gone!

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 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.

2021 Pricing and Schedule (coming soon)

The Polar Express™ Train Ride Pricing

Click here to download THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Pricing PDF from 2020.

The Polar Express™ Train Ride Schedule

Click here to download THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Schedule PDF from 2020.

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 train excursion is roughly 65 minutes in duration, we recommend allowing 2 hours for the entire adventure so you can enjoy the full experience! 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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