Departure Dates:

Friday - Saturday - Sunday
November 21nd - December 21st

Thursday
December 4th - December 18th

Departure Times:

Friday - Saturday - Sunday:
4:30pm & 7:00pm

Thursday:
6:30pm

Ticket Prices:

Coach Seating:
  • $28/Adult
  • $24/Youth(2-12)
First Class Seating*:
  • $49.00/Adult
  • $42/Youth (2-12)

*Purchasing in even numbers
recommended but not required.

Live the magic of the classic POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride story with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Depart from Utica’s Union Station and travel north, interacting with Santa’s elves and listening to Liam Neeson’s reading of The POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride, by Chris van Allsburg. When you arrive at our North Pole (Holland Patent, NY), Santa will board the train, spending time with each and every family during the return trip and giving children the first present of Christmas (a silver bell, just like in the book or movie)!

Children (and parents!) are encouraged to come in pajamas. Don’t forget your camera- you’ll want to capture the memories of your time with Santa! When you get back to the station, we’ll have hot chocolate and cookies ready for you. Join the many families who come back to see us every year!

Ride in our cocoa class car, new this year! Mrs. Claus will be the hostess of our first class car, serving families their hot chocolate and cookies aboard the train, at table seating. Santa will visit with each and every family during the return trip.

In order to ensure that you are able to travel on your desired dates, please make reservations early as this event sells out every year.

This trip is handicapped accessible, we do however advise that you contact the office toll-free at 1-800-819-2291 so that we may give you wheelchair accessible seating.

Cancellation Policy: The Adirondack Scenic Railroad does not offer refunds. If you are unable to make your scheduled departure, ride credit will be offer for the full amount paid for tickets, good for up to one year, subjected to availability with a limit of two date changes.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q: How long is the trip?
  • A: The POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride is approximately two hours, round trip.

  • Q: Where does the train go?
  • A: The train will travel north to the Holland Patent Depot, decorated as the North Pole.

  • Q: Are there bathrooms on the train?
  • A: Yes, there are bathrooms in most train cars.

  • Q: Will it be cold?
  • A: We recommend dressing for the weather. While boarding the train, you and your family will be outside on the train platform for a few minutes; however, our coaches are climate controlled.

  • Q: Can we switch days?
  • A: Reservations may only be switched to a different day, subject to availability. Please be advised that The POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride does sell out every year and available seating does tend to be limited.

  • Q: Do people actually wear their pajamas?
  • A: Yes, most children and many adults wear their pajamas.

  • Q: I’m traveling with a group, can we all sit together?
  • A: All people reserved under one name will be seated together, provided they remain together in the boarding line. If you would like to be seated with a party who has reserved under another name, please contact our office toll-free at 1-800-819-2291 to notify us of your seating preference. All parties must remain together in the boarding line.