Tickets are on sale for the annual “The Polar Express” Train Ride offered by the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. The story comes to life when the train departs the Carson City Depot on Eastgate Siding Road for a one-hour round trip journey to the North Pole. This event has consistently sold out since debuting four years ago and is expected to draw record numbers again this holiday season.
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on “The Polar Express.” Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, “The Polar Express,” by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas — a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Carson City.
Limited VIP tickets aboard the historic 30-seat Parlor Car are available with additional entertainment and gifts. Passengers in this car enjoy the best views of the North Pole and room for dancing and games during the trip.
VIP tickets are $68 for children 2-12 (free for children under 2 who sit on a lap) and $78 for adults. Coach tickets are $42 for adults and $32 for children. The train departs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m., from Nov. 21 to Dec. 22. Arrival at the station 30 minutes prior to departure is recommended.
To purchase tickets, call 877-724-5007 or 775-291-0208 or visit www.vtrailway.com. Information is also available at www.polarexpressride.com.