Palestine, Texas

The Texas Railroad in Palestine, Texas hosts a Polar Express train ride every year!

Tickets can be purchased online and the Polar Express ride runs November -December every year. Make sure you print and bring your ticket confirmations with you. You will show your confirmation at the train depot and get your official polar express ticket there. There is plenty of parking upon arrival so simply park and walk up to the train depot. They also have restrooms at the train depot. We snapped a couple of pictures first.

Oh and I almost forgot make sure you’re dressed in your Christmas jammies or Christmas best!

Once the train arrives you’ll board your designated car based on what type of rail ticket you purchased. They have presidential, dome, first class and coach. We picked first class which included cushion seats and a table in between.

The Polar Express runs at both 6pm and 7:30pm on select nights. They recommend you arrive at least 45 minutes before the train ride starts. The train ride includes hot chocolate and a sugar cookie during your ride delivered by the chefs singing “Hot Chocolate” like in the Polar Express movie. So cute! If you ride in the first class, dome or presidential section you’ll also receive a mug to take home.

The train ride lasts about 60 minutes and takes you to Santa’s village where you can see the elves frolicking!

Once the train reaches the North Pole you know who gets on board? Santa!!!! He passes out silver bells for believers and you have a chance to snap a picture and tell Santa what you want for Christmas.

Do you hear the bell ring?

Need help planning your Polar Express ride? You can find me on Facebook at Callie at Wanderkeep Travel or email me at and as always my services are complimentary when you book with ME!

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