The Polar Express Train Ride

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THE POLAR EXPRESS™ has always been a favorite tradition in our home for the holidays. We always watch the movie and read the book while enjoying hot cocoa and s’mores. We have heard about the actual train ride but haven’t had the chance to take it. Now that THE POLAR EXPRESS™ has come to the Cape Cod Central Railroad we may be able to take the ride. Keep reading for more information. 


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The Cape Cod Central Railroad’s POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Features Dome Car Diamond Class — Additional Departures Announced

Buzzards Bay, MA – October 24, 2016The Cape Cod Central Railroad is thrilled to announce the return of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, departing from Buzzards Bay for the first time in four years beginning Nov. 18, 2016. The only Polar Express Train Ride in the state of Massachusetts, The Railroad has announced additional departures for the magical one-hour storybook journey based upon anticipated local and regional demand.  A full-length dome car is a new, special feature at this 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 at or calling 888-797-7245.

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Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away from Buzzards Bay on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Once on board, cheerful, dancing chefs serve passengers hot chocolate and cookies while they read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

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Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell.

Santa gives first gift of Christmas

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Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Buzzards Bay.  

The journey begins Nov. 18, 2016 and 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. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride.

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Official THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides are licensed by Rail Events, Inc. on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Since 2005, Rail Events, Inc. has held the exclusive license to operate THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.


The Academy Award winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for THE POLAR EXPRESS, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.  When a doubting young boy 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. Sony Pictures Imageworks and visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston, Oscar winners for their innovative work, help bring the story vividly to the screen in full CG animation through Imageworks’ next-generation motion capture process that allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters. Warner Home Video will once again offer THE POLAR EXPRESS in standard-definition, Blu-ray and 3D DVD versions this holiday season.


THE POLAR EXPRESS film is based on Chris Van Allsburg’s classic Christmas picture book, which tells the story of a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. First published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1985, The Polar Express became an instant family favorite and has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. In 1986 it won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Illustration.  

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About Rail Events Inc.

Rail Events Inc. is the industry leader in rail-related special events management. In 2015, we licensed events that hosted nearly one million guests at 45 partner railroads in the US, Canada, and the UK.  Rail Events Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Heritage Railways, which is the premier operator of heritage railroads in the United States.

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