Dates: November 19, 2021-January 1, 2022

Experience the Magic This Holiday Season!

Tickets are now on sale!

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 to pick up Santa. Once onboard, the chefs will serve hot chocolate and a sweet treat and you will enjoy a reading of The Polar Express by your conductor, Once at the North Pole you will see an incredible light show set to holiday music. On the return trip to Durango, Santa will visit each coach and hand out the first gift of Christmas.

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!

Click here for the Polar Express Songbook.

Your Safety is Our Priority

TSA requires that masks/face coverings be worn within our Depot, in our Museum and onboard enclosed train coaches when windows are not opened, regardless of our patrons’ vaccination status. Due to the colder high country weather coming our way this fall and thus our inability to keep windows open at all times, please be advised that masks or approved coverings must be brought with you and worn when riding in our enclosed standard and premium class coaches with windows closed effective on Oct. 15th, 2021 until further notice. 

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. 

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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.


2021 THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Fares and Schedule

2021 THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Seating Options

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

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.

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