EAST WAREHAM -- Climb aboard the official Warner Brothers licensed train ride of The Polar Express brought to you by the Cape Cod Central Railroad, running through December 30. Families and children of all ages are invited to suit up in their favorite pajamas and take a round-trip adventure to the "North Pole" from either Hyannis or Buzzards Bay.
The Polar Express train ride is based on the classic holiday book and movie that features the story of a young boy whose Christmas Eve journey aboard a mysterious train reignites his belief in Santa Claus. With music from the motion picture playing in the background, the adventure begins with the train conductor stamping each passenger's golden ticket while chefs serve hot chocolate and cookies. En route, passengers enjoy a reading of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express and meet characters as they pass by on the train. Upon arrival at the "North Pole," Santa and his elves board the Polar Express, greet the children and present each with the first gift of Christmas, their own silver sleigh bell which according to legend, they can hear jingling only if they believe in in the magic of Christmas. On the return journey, guests enjoy a Christmas carol sing-along led by Santa's elves.
Tickets to The Polar Express train ride can be purchased online at www.CapeCodPolarExpressRide.com or by phone at 1-888-797-RAIL. Tickets range from $29-$59 for adults, $24-49 for children ages 2 through 12. Children 2 and under are free in coach seating if riding on an adult's lap and $10 as a lap child when riding in first class. The First Class $59 tickets each come with a keepsake Polar Express Mug. The ride is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes round trip. Parking is available for $5 per car.