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All Aboard the Polar Express!

All Aboard the Polar Express!

“It doesn’t matter where the train is going. What matters is deciding to get on.” – The Polar Express

The Polar Express will come to life at the historic Texas State Railroad this holiday season. Inspired by the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, the Texas State Railroad invites you to come experience the magic of The Polar Express!

The Polar Express gives families the opportunity to experience their favorite holiday classic come to life on this magical ride to the North Pole. The ride starts off with the resounding “All Aboard” call made by the train conductor, the families boarding the train with all the starry eyed kids dressed in their pajamas unable to contain the excitement of all the fun they are going to experience in the magical ride to the North Pole. Read along with the story as the train makes a roundtrip journey to the North Pole, then meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate and a treat!

Everyone is encouraged to wear their pajamas!

The Polar Express departs from the Palestine Depot. The Palestine Depot is located approximately 2.5 miles East of Loop 256 in Palestine on Hwy 84 at Park Road 70, on US Hwy 84.

For those who have not read or seen the movie the following is the synopsis of the story:

It is a story about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Palestine is conveniently located and is close to all the big cities Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. The following is the distance and travel time from each of the cities:

Dallas:112 miles (2 Hours)

San Antonio: 199 miles (3.5 Hours)

Austin: 165 miles (2.7 Hours)

Houston: 165 miles (2.7 Hours)


November Dates

18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, & 29

December Dates

 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27 & 30

Departure Times

3:45pm, 5:15pm, 6:45pm, & 8:10pm

November 30 & December 1, 7, & 8 – School Runs

10:00am & 12:00pm


Premium Lone Star Class:

$45 Child (ages 2-11) and $69 Adult

Climate Controlled:

$25 Child (ages 2-11) and $46 Adult


$20 Child (ages 2 -11) and $40 Adult

Visit the Texas State Railroad’s official website to learn more about the Polar Express and other events! Click here for WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE POLAR EXPRESS!

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