November 20—December 31, 2020

The magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life in Elbe, Washington. This story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey comes alive on-board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.  All ages can enjoy the warmth and fun of the Christmas season as you depart for a trip to the North Pole.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, like the movie, is a 90-minute round-trip immersive theatrical experience. Passengers will be entertained by Chefs, enjoy Hot Chocolate and Cookies, and listen to a reading of THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will board the train and give each child the first gift of Christmas (a silver bell).  This event will surely become an annual tradition for the whole family. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas! Trips to the North Pole are spent on the train, riders do not disembark the train during the event.

Looking for lodging? Check out Polar and Lodging Packages provided by Visit Rainier.

Tickets for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride 2019 are on sale now! Book early for your choice of dates, trip time and class of service. Take a look at  our pricing matrix below to see our in-season and off-season pricing

Polar Express pricing

All tickets are for reserved seats, allowing your party to select their configuration of seats together. All of our coaches are heated. Restrooms are available at the train depot, with limited restrooms available on the train. Standard Class train coaches are Tacoma Rail cars representative of the 1950’s era Amtrak passengers cars with comfortable front-facing upholstered seats in paired rows. First Class vintage Olympian Hiawatha cars feature table-and-chair or booth configuration, which allows for parties of 4 to sit facing each other. In Standard Class, hot chocolate is served with a cookie, the cocoa is in a disposable mug. First Class includes a collector’s edition souvenir mug with your hot chocolate and cookie. The mug is exclusively available to First Class passengers and cannot be found in stores.

Are you looking to avoid the long late night drive home? There’s no need to start the holiday season off in a hurry when you can experience the fullness of the holidays in Pierce County. Travel Tacoma Pierce County have some great suggestions for hotel packages while you explore all there is to do in Pierce County.

Our friends at the Mt. Rainier Visitors Association have put together all the information you need to plan your magical trip to the Mt. Rainier area – dining, lodging, local art, and visiting the mountain! The valley has a variety of lodging options from great locally owned hotels to quaint cabins with fireplaces and cozy amenities. Visit here to help plan your trip to the area.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is a licensed event. All ticket sales are final and are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other Mt Rainier Railroad trips/excursions. 

Take a look at our POLAR EXPRESS in-season and off-season pricing on the calendar below

Polar off peak pricing
Polar peak pricing
Polar premium pricing


November Calendar


December Calendar

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(s17)