What to Expect

What to Expect

The Polar Express Train Ride

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a magical one-hour trip to the North Pole. Once on board, your car hosts will work their way through the coach and punch your golden ticket before hot chocolate and delicious Walkers Shortbread are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. During the trip, characters on each car lead passengers in caroling and onboard entertainment just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip.

Please note that we have consolidated our event to one location at the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, CA. The Fillmore & Western Railway in Fillmore, CA is no longer operating excursions and will not host the event in 2021. Further event information is available in Frequently Asked Questions.

Walkers Shortbread

Classes of Service

Coach Class

Whippany Coach Class

There is one class of service available at the event in Perris, CA. Coach Class cars seat approximately 100 passengers inside of restored commuter coaches adorned in festive holiday decor. Seating is arranged in a 3-2 configuration with three seats on one side of the aisle and two on the other. Designated wheelchair spaces are located in select coaches and can be booked online by selecting the wheelchair space icon and adjacent companion seats as needed. Please Note: Seating has been adjusted so all seats face the center of the car. This theatre-in-the-round style arrangement gives passengers the best possible view of our wonderful entertainers. Please review the Seating Chart carefully before booking. All seats on board the train are assigned and you will select your own seats during checkout. Face coverings are required to be worn by everyone age two and older while on the train and in indoor public spaces. Face coverings must be worn for the entirety of the train ride except when guests are actively eating or drinking.

2021 Ticket Pricing

Value Departures: $50 Adult, $44 Child (2-11) │ Standard Departures: $60 Adult, $54 Child (2-11) │ Premium Departures: $70 Adult, $64 Child (2-11)

Additional ticketing service fee and local tax will apply.




Executive ProducerAllen Harper
Executive ProducerJohn Harper
ProducerMichael May
Artistic DirectorScott Calcagno
Production Stage ManagerMichael George
Lighting DesignerGuy Rhodes
Sound DesignerJoe Palermo
Costume DesignerJesus Perez
General ManagerJarrette Ireland
Production ManagerKevin Broomell
Company ManagerAnne Drysdale
Marketing ManagerJamie Ryan