Christmas is a special time of year for all who celebrate it, and few Christmas tales are as memorable and heartwarming as the tale of the Polar Express. Soon, you and your family will be able to live out this classic tale in one of the most beautiful parts of America, a perfect getaway that goes beyond the standard Grand Canyon tours.
For those of you who haven’t read this holiday classic, written by Chris Van Allsburg, it follows the tale of a young boy who wakes up on Christmas Eve night to the sound of a train whistle outside his house. He boards the train and it takes him to the North Pole, and during the trip, the train is filled with other children and enough Christmas sweets to last a lifetime. The boy is then handpicked by Santa himself to receive the first gift of that Christmas.
The Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express will capture the imaginations of passengers young and old, running from November 7th to January 3rd from Williams, Arizona to a destination dressed up to look just like the North Pole in the story.
Evening trips depart at 5:30 and 7:30, and most of these trips will cost only $25 for kids ages 2 to 25 and $39 for anyone older. Reduced-cost matinee tickets will be available for earlier 3:30 departures, tickets costing five dollars less for both kids and adults.
For those wanting to experience this adventure to its fullest, a special Christmas Eve departure will be held, featuring special mementos. Christmas Even tickets will cost $69 and $49 for adults and children respectively, and an overnight package including a one-night’s stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and two meals at the Grand Depot Café will also be available, costing only $379.
For more information on the event, you can contact the event organizers (888) 848-3511, and for full departure times, you can visit the official website at http://www.thetrain.com/special-events/the-polar-express/.