Experience the Magical Polar Express First-Hand in East Texas

polar express train ride

All aboard the Polar Express in this East Texas city!

Wouldn’t it be so much fun to experience the captivating story of The Polar Express first hand? How much more if you witness the story come to life while in a train ride? Then be ready to turn that imagination into reality as the Texas State Railroad presents The Polar Express Train Ride this holiday season!

Hop on The Polar Express Train Ride (presented by the Texas State Railroad) and enjoy the journey to the North Pole where you will meet Santa and his elves as they board the train too while the motion picture soundtrack plays in the background. Bring your family and friends in this ride too and get a taste of the hot chocolate and cookies served onboard. Pajamas are highly encouraged!


  • What: The Polar Express Train Ride
  • When: Now until Sunday, December 26, 2021
  • Where:786 Park Road 70, Palestine, Texas 75801
  • Time: Varies per day but departs every 1.5 hours.
  • Tickets: To buy tickets or check available dates, click here.
    • Only even number of tickets can be bought.
    • Please read below for seating options.
  • Pricing: Tickets start at $30 for children and $50 for adults. Get a discount if you buy a ticket for a child sitting in an adults lap.

You will also get to receive a gift from St. Nick – a silver sleigh bell. Even on the ride back to the train depot, the fun doesn’t end as the chefs lead you and the other passengers in singing joyous Christmas carols.So take a look now at the seating options offered before booking one.

Seating Options Offered:

Dome Class

  • Awesome views out of the upper deck dome window
  • Comes with The Polar Express mugs
  • Snacks such as hot chocolate and cookies are offered

Presidential Class (1511 & 42)

  • Limited Seats
  • Exclusive
  • Comes with The Polar Express mugs
  • Snacks such as hot chocolate and cookies are offered
  • *No access to viewing platform during the train rides on the 1511

First Class

  • Features chairs or booth settings for parties of two or four along
  • Comes with The Polar Express mugs
  • Snacks such as hot chocolate and cookies are offered

Coach Class

  • Pullman-style seating for two
  • Snacks such as hot chocolate and cookies are offered
  • No mug

You might also want to purchase the official THE POLAR EXPRESS™ book for your child when you book your reservations. Wrap it with love and give it to them as their first gift of the season so they can read along with the Coco Chefs during the ride.

So cut the waiting game now and join the magical journey to the North Pole. You can visit the event website too for more information.

COVID precautions per the official Texas State Railroad site:

Face coverings optional. “Texas State Railroad remains focused on our cleaning and sanitizing protocols and policies. We will also continue with precautionary measures such as serving food in individual containers versus openly plating or buffet style service on any excursions or seating class that offer those amenities.”

Featured image credit: Texas State Railroad Instagram as embedded above