Polar Express Train To Return to Carson City For The Holidays

Carson City, NV…Carson City is getting a big present this upcoming holiday season with the return of The Polar Express™ train that will roll through the frosty Northern Nevada landscape on 15 different dates throughout November and December.

For the second year, the Virginia & Truckee Railroad is one of the officially licensed Polar Express Train Ride events nationwide this holiday season. This historic 100-year train, complete with decorated passenger cars and Christmas music, leaves the Carson City Eastgate Depot and travels nearly two miles before staging at Santa’s mythical North Pole retreat.


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The Polar Express train rides are based on the holiday feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures and the beloved children’s book, by Chris Van Allsburg, about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad has partnered with Rail Events Inc. (through Warner Brothers Consumer Products, Inc.) to bring the officially licensed train ride event to Carson City this holiday season.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama clad passengers will relive the magic of the story as this nighttime train whisks families away for an unforgettable ride to the North Pole. During the journey, the Conductor will punch tickets and chefs serve hot chocolate and cookies, followed by a reading of Van Allsburg’s classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train and greet the children! And Santa has a gift for those who truly believe – a silver sleigh bell.

Tickets include keepsake silver bell, hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment and reading of The Polar Express. The Polar Express™ departs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., from, Nov. 23 to Dec. 23. Times are subject to change. Tickets are $27 for children ages two-12 and $34 for 13 and older. A limited VIP Parlor Car ticket features entertainment, more time with Santa, a special holiday treat and souvenir ceramic cocoa mug. VIP Parlor Car tickets are $59 for ages two – 12 and $68 for ages 13 and older.

Tickets are available through the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Seating is limited. Last year’s event, with 7,500 tickets available, sold out two weeks before the holiday train tour began. To book tickets in advance call (775) 687-7410 or online at http://vttrain.activitytickets.com/activityInformation or www.polarexpressride.com.

For more information on the travel deals, dining, lodging, activity information and further details on the V&T train, visit www.VisitCarsonCity.com or call 800-Nevada-1.