Updated October 31, 2008Experience the magic of The Polar Express™, the classic children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. The Polar Express comes to life when the train departs the Williams Depot for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the "North Pole." Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Watch the joy on the children's faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting! Santa will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. Make this a family holiday tradition.
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Polar Express Tickets Go Fast! The trains to the North Pole sell out every year. Call 1-800-THE-TRAIN now to reserve your Polar Express seat! A hint for you is that the packages sell first and individual tickets are available after that.
The Polar Express Trip
The Railway's journey is a nighttime trip from Williams through the starlit wilderness to the “North Pole.” Along the way, passengers are treated to a special reading of The Polar Express while enjoying hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies.
Once at the “North Pole” - a Christmas light village featuring an Aurora Borealis - Santa Claus and his reindeer welcome passengers before boarding the Polar Express for the return trip to Williams. After boarding the train, Santa makes his way through the historic Pullman passenger cars, greeting every child and presenting each one with a special gift - a jingle bell signifying their belief in Santa Claus.
Grand Canyon Railway’s The Polar Express kicks off in early November and continues select evenings through January. The round trip journey is approximately an hour in length. The Polar Express departs Williams Depot at 6:30 p.m. On select evenings, a second train departs at 8 p.m. Run dates are in red in the calendar on the Polar Express website. Please call 1-800-THE-TRAIN to check availability.
Grand Canyon Railway operates daily train service between Williams, Ariz. and the Grand Canyon. The Railway offers five distinct classes of service, as well as money-saving packages featuring the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams. Overnight stays at the Grand Canyon also can be included in the packages. Grand Canyon Railway is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service and the Kaibab National Forest. For more information, visit www.thetrain.com or call 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724).
For an article and review of the traditional Grand Canyon trips, see our article, Grand Canyon Railway - Enjoying a Train Ride to America's Grand Canyon.
Article and Information Courtesy: The Grand Canyon Railway