Put on your pajamas and head to Palestine for the Polar Express Train Ride through the piney woods of East Texas to the North Pole, November 15 through December 26.

The cinematic train ride begins at the Texas State Railroad's Palestine Depot, with cheerful holiday decorations, lights, tinsel, garland, and live characters from the classic film. 

Every coach becomes a stage for a live musical performance as Cocoa Chefs serve hot chocolate and cookies while dancing and singing. They also read "The Polar Express," the original picture book by Chris Van Allsburg, as the train journeys to the North Pole. 

Ticket holders in the Presidential, skyview Dome, and First Class cars receive keepsake mugs, hot chocolate, and cookies. Coach and open-air coach cars feature historic Pullman-style seats, and all riders receive hot cocoa and cookies.

At the North Pole, Santa and his elves greet passengers and board the train. Santa gives everyone the first gift of Christmas — a silver sleigh bell. According to the story, only believers can hear them ring. 

On the ride back, Cocoa Chefs lead passengers in singing Christmas carols. 

Train rides depart from Texas State Railroad’s Palestine Depot at 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, Texas, 75801. For information, visit www.texasstaterailroad.net or call (855) 632-7729. 

For other holiday activities in Palestine, click HERE.

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