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Do You Believe? THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Returns to Galveston Railroad Museum!

Do You Believe? THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Returns to Galveston Railroad Museum!

SAVE THE DATE!  November 8 – December 23, 2024

GALVESTON, TX – The Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place, is celebrating the return of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! This immersive family-oriented experience hosted over 2 million riders at 54 locations in the US, Canada, and the UK in 2022. Popular dates and times are expected to fill quickly, but seats are now available for departures beginning November 8 and continuing through December 23. Tickets go on sale for members August 1 and open tickets sales are August 22 at Guests are encouraged to book soon as this beloved holiday tradition sells out!! Sensory Rides Available through direct ticketing only (409) 765-5700. Space limited. Not a member? Join today!

Prior to departure guests will gather in the train depot to enjoy a delightful one act play prelude presented by the cast of local professional company, ETC (East End Theater).    

The adventure comes to life when the train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. Once on board, the conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, characters on each car lead onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Just like the kids in the book, families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride! Commemorative merchandise is available year- round in the Museum store. 

Enhance the holiday experience and stay the night on Galveston Island with one of our many lodging partners.   

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride dates, schedule and fares are available by visiting . Food, refreshments and adult beverages available at food court.  

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Official THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides are licensed by Rail Events Inc. on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Since 2007, Rail Events Inc. has held exclusive license to operate THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.


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 the Houghton Mifflin Company in 1985, The Polar Express became an instant family favorite and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. In 1986 it won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Illustration.   

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, the Wizarding World, Looney Tunes, and Hanna-Barbera.

The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP 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 2022, the company licensed events that hosted over 2 million guests at 54 partner railroads in the US, Canada, and the UK. Rail Events Inc. and Rail Events Productions are wholly owned subsidiaries of American Heritage Railways, which is the premier operator of heritage railroads in the United States.