All Aboard! Polar Express Returns to Downtown St. Louis

Grab your pajamas and head Downtown—the train is leaving for the North Pole!

Downtown’s St. Louis Union Station is holding its annual Polar Express train experience. Just like in the classic story, Downtown’s Polar Express offers evening train rides and plenty of holiday joy. This two-hour event, available most nights through December 30, includes two hours of family-friendly entertainment. In addition to the 45-minute train ride, there’s hot cocoa, cookies, story telling, music, and the first gift of Christmas from Santa Claus himself.

Tickets are available at two levels, with tabletop seating and additional souvenirs available in the First Class option. Children under 2 may ride free on the lap of a ticketed passenger, and discounted value pricing is available on select weekdays. Help your little one take home a piece of the magic with the Polar Express Build-A-Bear Workshop holiday pop-up shop, which is open during Polar Express hours. Much like the traditional Build-A-Bear experience, visitors can customize their toy by adding the stuffing, heart and outfit. Special Polar Express accessories, such as a golden ticket and wrist bell, are even available to tie into the original story.

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To extend the experience, Downtown’s St. Louis Union Station also offers Magical Meals before or after select Polar Express train rides. These buffet, character dinners include food for both grown-up and youthful taste buds along with ample holiday desserts. Held in the Grand Hall, the Magical Meals are engulfed in Christmas spirit as the 3D Polar Express light show and musical experience plays overhead during the celebration.

Thinking you (or your youngsters) will be sleepy after the ride? Hotel packages are available for a complete, overnight holiday experience. These four-person deals come at two levels and include perks such like souvenirs, decorated hotel suites and family photos.

Tickets to the St. Louis Polar Express sell out quickly each year, so grab them while you can.

All aboard!


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Julia Cain

Julia Cain is a St. Louis reporter and blogger.


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