Fast Facts About the Polar Express Train Ride

By Lisa Leigh Connors

Last weekend, I hopped aboard the Polar Express train ride from Buzzards Bay with my two young sons and one of my son’s friends. It was so much fun sitting in the plush seats, clapping and singing along to Christmas carols, watching the “chefs” dance in the aisles and drink hot cocoa with a chocolate chip cookie. Of course, the best part is arriving at the North Pole, watching the elves dancing outside their lit-up village and then picking up Santa. When Santa boarded the train, he handed each boy and girl a silver bell. Here are several important things to know before you go:

Arrive about 30 minutes early to park and not stress about making the train!

The Polar Express train ride departs from Buzzards Bay for the first time in four years. It’s the only Polar Express Train Ride in the state and the railroad recently announced additional departures for the magical one-hour storybook journey.

The ride is geared toward the younger set, but it’s fun for the whole family. I think it helped that my older, son, who is 11 years, brought a friend along to share in the fun.

I suggest reading the “The Polar Express” book or watching the movie before you go. It will help engage kids on the trip.

Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride. I spotted some adults wearing PJs, too! It makes for great pictures as well.

Before boarding, children will be given a golden ticket. The conductor will later punch the first letter of the child’s name onto the ticket!

Watch out for the hobo walking through the train! Make sure he doesn’t take your tickets!

Passengers will receive a hot chocolate mug to take home and a bag will be handed out to carry your mugs.

A full-length dome car is a new feature at the Buzzards Bay location, offering families panoramic views on the journey to the North Pole. Seats are still available in the dome on peak dates and can be purchased online.

The journey runs through Dec. 23 on select dates, with departure times at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Exact dates, fares and excursion times are available online. Ticket prices range from $29 to $84 depending on class of service and date of travel.

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