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Taking a Ride on the Polar Express with the Texas State Railroad in Palestine

Taking a Ride on the Polar Express with the Texas State Railroad in Palestine

“One thing about trains: It doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.”
– The Conductor in Polar Express

When Claire was a slightly smaller version of herself, she loved watching the Polar Express movie.  Actually, “loved” isn’t a strong enough word for it.  She watched it over and over, day after day.  We easily watched that movie at least once a day for a year.  It was the only thing she ever wanted to watch.

I had never really discussed Santa with the children at all, but after her love affair with Polar Express, she became quite the true believer.  When I saw that the historic Texas State Railroad in beautiful Palestine, Texas offered a Polar Express ride during the holidays, it was something I knew the children would enjoy.

Texas State Railroad Polar Express in Palestine, Texas at Dusk

Steam from the Polar Express Engine

We took the 5:30 departure, which allowed us to take a look at the train in the sunlight, and watch a gorgeous sunset and moonrise during the trip.

Sky View Railroad Car for Polar Express

The Sky View Train Car

Our seats were aboard the shiny Sky View car in the Upper Dome section. It was climate controlled, and very comfortable.

Decorated Train Car at Texas State Railroad Polar Express

Decorations in the Upper Dome

Our car was decked out in what could only be described as “Christmas Cheer.”

Girl with Hot Chocolate at Polar Express in Palestine Texas

Piping Hot Chocolate and Delicious Cookies Were Served

Hot – Hot- Hot you know we’ve got it!  Hot chocolate was a big hit with this little girl.

Reading Polar Express on a Train

The Ride Wouldn’t Be Complete Without Hearing the Story

The  children followed along in their “Polar Express” books while listening to the narration.

Children on Polar Express in Palestine Texas

After a Stop at the North Pole Elves Came Aboard

The workers were fantastic.  There were servers, elves…

Little Boy Getting Bell From Santa on Polar Express

Santa Claus Visit after a Stop at the North Pole

… and of course the Big Guy himself!  Just like the boy in the story, our little guy wasn’t sure about Santa before the trip.  But as he stepped off the Polar Express, he believed.

The whole family had a great time on this ride.  There was no chance to get bored on this ride, and even the youngest kids in our car had a great time.

The Texas State Railroad runs Polar Express rides in November and December.  There are just a few rides left in 2013!  If you can’t make it, put it on your 2014 calendars now.  It’s a magical ride the kids won’t forget.

Website : Texas State Railroad

Disclosure – We were guests of the Texas State Railroad during our Polar Express ride.  However, all the magic and belief in my children’s eyes are their’s alone — influenced by Santa of course.

  1. adelina wells 23 February, 2016

    where is it