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Polar Express Tickets on Sale Now!

child on santa's lap

Utica NY – Once again, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad is bringing to life one of the most beloved Christmas stories of the same name. Live the magic of the classic Polar Express™ Train Ride story with the Adirondack Railroad Nov. 18th- Dec. 19th, 2022. Depart from Utica’s Union Station and travel north while being served hot chocolate and cookies.

It’s a theatrical experience on a moving train. The experience begins in the station, as the train starts its trek through the Glacier Gulch and onto The North Pole, the conductor goes by and punches all the tickets, followed by an interactive show of dancing and singing hot chocolate chefs. There is a dramatic retelling of Van Allsburg’s tale, and as the train gets closer and closer to the North Pole, holiday music is played, adding to the excitement and anticipation of seeing Santa. When you arrive at the North Pole, Santa will board the train visiting with each family, and giving each child their first gift of Christmas in the form of a Silver Bell, just like in the book or movie!

Bring your Pajamas!

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! Join the many families who come back to see us every year!

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.

The Adirondack RR trains are also available for private charter service and group events.

Contact our office (1-800-819-2291) for details and pricing or visit the website at

Since 1992, The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (ARPS) that operates the Adirondack Railroad has built a successful tourist attraction, operating on track owned by the State of New York, a former New York Central line located in upstate New York and the Adirondack region.

The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society is a volunteer-based organization. Together with our staff, volunteers have donated approximately 300,000 hours to protect our historic railway and enrich the Adirondack experience for tourists and residents of our region.

The Adirondack Railroad is operated by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society and is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with main offices in Utica, New York.