Polar Express and holiday trains in Boston

The Polar Express may be a make-believe story, but a holiday train ride can be your family’s reality! The Greater Boston area has many holiday train experiences that will bring the magic of the Polar Express right to your train car!

The Polar Express Train Ride

Through December 23 :: Cape Cod Central Railroad, Buzzards Bay

Hop aboard the Polar Express! The conductor will punch golden tickets for each child as dancing waiters perform to Christmas carols. Families will love listening to a reading of the classic children’s story “The Polar Express,” by Chris Van Allsburg, as they make their journey to meet Santa!

Edaville Express North Pole Limited

November 16-December 20 (select dates) :: Carver 

Journey to the North Pole behind a vintage steam train to meet Santa and see thousands of Christmas lights. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served while Santa’s elves make this a memorable trip for the whole family and prove to everyone that there really is a Santa Claus! Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will board the train and greet each child with a special gift.

Journey to the North Pole

November 24-December 23 :: North Conway, New Hampshire

This train to the North Pole is one only the White Mountains of New Hampshire can provide! The two-hour trip brings you to Santa’s Workshop by way of the North Pole Post Office, where you can leave your letters for Santa! Once you arrive at Santa’s Workshop, you’ll sit with your family and friends and be entertained by the elves, hear a dramatic reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” engage in some elf sing-alongs, and be welcomed by Santa himself!

IC North Pole Express

December 2 :: Newburyport

A sea of elves, Rudolph, Frosty, the Christmas Mouse, and, of course, Santa himself will be visiting the train to read the classic Christmas story “The Night Before Christmas!”

Jolly Jingle Express

December 10 :: Woburn

The Wakefield Music Boosters (WMB) host a fun-filled 70-minute train ride with Santa and his elves. The WMB Jolly Jingle Express will leave from Anderson Station in Woburn on an express route to the North Pole! During the ride, the special storytellers will perform “The Night Before Christmas,” and music and drama students and alumni will entertain you with song and dance, a chocolate chip cookie, and chocolate milk. Children will receive a special silver jingle bell from Santa and the elves at the end of the trip!

Blackstone Valley Polar Express

Weekends, December 10-17, and Monday, December 18 :: Woonsocket, RI

Hop aboard this 90-minute train ride filled with singing, games, a reading of the classic children’s story “The Polar Express,” and a visit from Santa! The conductor will be there to punch your special golden ticket, and you’ll enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie during your trip. Plus, every child will receive a silver bell — the first gift of Christmas!

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Deanna Greenstein
Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.com