The Polar Express Train Ride

The Polar Express Train Ride

Tickets for the Polar Express Train Ride 2023 are sold out!

November 22-December 15, 2024

The National Railroad Museum will present The Polar Express Train Ride on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 22 through December 15, 2024. The Polar Express has become a time-honored holiday tradition for people throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

Tickets for 2024 shows will go on sale July 27, 2024 at 10:00 AM. Tickets can only be purchased through Ticket Star either online or over the phone. In 2023, tickets for all 40 shows (12,400+ seats) sold out in less than 4 hours.

For general reference about the event and FAQs, please click here. Details may change for the 2024 shows.

The Polar Express is a magical re-creation of the classic children’s story. Following the original book and movie, you will be immersed in the Polar Express story. When you arrive at the Museum, you enter our Lenfestey Center. Before the show, you are welcome to stroll among the decorated trees in the Festival of Trees, explore the full-size trains, or play Reindeer Games. 

The show begins with the Hot Chocolate Dance, after which we all sip a cup of hot chocolate. Next, we listen to a dramatic reading of the original Polar Express book. Our conductor then calls “All Aboard,” inviting guests outside to ride The Polar Express to the North Pole. 

Onboard a real, moving train, our adventure continues as you interact with the characters from the story. This is not a train ride where you will see holiday decorations every inch of the way – instead, we will travel through cold, dark forests, encounter a hobo, view the Northern Lights, and see polar bears in the Arctic Circle. Santa will visit with some of the passengers onboard the train. 

Once we arrive at the North Pole, those who did not visit with Santa on the train will have time to see him before he heads around the world on Christmas Eve.

Contact Us

Justin Lambrecht, Education Director: (920) 437-7623 or

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