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Coming to Chicago Union Station This Holiday Season!

Well, are you coming? You and your family are invited to climb aboard and take a journey on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, the only officially-licensed holiday ride departing from historic Chicago Union Station. The magical story comes to life when the train departs Union Station for a one-hour round-trip journey through downtown Chicago.

The Classic Children’s Tale Comes to Life

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, you will relive the magic of the story as you’re whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, you’ll find yourself in the midst of a live theatrical performance. Dancing chefs will come through the aisles to serve hot chocolate and delightful treats as you read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

And the experience wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa and his helpers. They will present each guest with the first gift of Christmas — a silver sleigh bell. As you make your way back to Union Station, chefs aboard each car will lead everyone in singing beloved Christmas carols.

And don’t forget to wear your pajamas for the ride!


Powered by Amtrak, the journey begins on December 19 and runs daily through January 3 (no trips on Christmas Day). For a list of exact excursion times, visit

Tickets are $55 for adults and $43 for children ages 2 to 11. Each ticket includes a souvenir hot chocolate tumbler and silver sleigh bell to bring home. Trips on dates 12/26 – 1/3 are currently discounted 20% using code SAVE20. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the perfect stocking stuffer for your family on Christmas morning! Offer expires at midnight on Sunday 12/13.