Re-live the magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Golden, Colorado.

The conductor, Santa Claus, and engineer meet in a symphony of steam before THE POLAR EXPRESS™ departs from the Colorado Railroad Museum. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Railroad Museum.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride returns once again to the Colorado Railroad Museum for 2023! Sure to re-kindle the Christmas spirit in True Believers, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ offers a unique, three-part theatrical extravaganza of Holiday Magic. And (RETURNING FOR 2023) we’re pleased to offer Discounted Pricing on all performances prior to Thanksgiving! Tickets on sale beginning Tuesday, October 3 at

Your THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride experience begins in our uniquely appointed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Pavilion. Here you, your family and friends will gather around tables, sing carols, and watch a cabaret-style holiday show as the “Hot Chocolate” song and dance unfolds before your eyes. Nibble on a tasty cookie, and sip your hot chocolate as the story of Chris Van Allsberg’s The Polar Express is dramatically re-enacted before your eyes.

The experience continues, as you step outside to witness the dramatic arrival of THE POLAR EXPRESS™. This symphony of smoke and steam emerges from the darkness, and the Conductor loudly asks if anyone would like climb aboard. Soon, you’re on your way to—the North Pole? Well yes, of course! There, you watch eagerly as the elves sing and dance, and Santa gives out The First Gift of Christmas.

Once the train with its sleepy passengers returns from the North Pole, you’ll have the opportunity to visit with Santa—and pick up your very own First Gift of Christmas, a Silver Bell! (For 2023, Santa will once again take up residence aboard our Union Pacific Dining Car for these visits.) THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride remains an experience that you won’t want to miss. The entire, multi-part show is updated each year to feature several new twists!

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