I don’t know about you, but crunchy snow, Christmas stories, and hot chocolate are the last things on my mind while we cruise on through the steamy days of July. But I learned my lesson the hard way last October when I tried to get tickets to an event I knew my train-lover would eat up. Two months in advance, I surely thought I would get tickets. Nope, they were sold out (I even tried on Craigslist for awhile until I finally let it go), and I heard they went on sale in July! I vowed I would get winter and the polar on my mind when July rolled around again.
No, not that kind of Polar. I mean the Polar Express at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay. This long-time coveted event takes place November 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and December 1 and 2. The classic Christmas tale comes alive in a dramatic reading and train ride. The event runs from 3pm-9pm. There are 3 shows each day at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 25, on their website here.
So I know this isn’t a picture of the Polar Express, but since I have not been to the event, I tried to find the snowiest, train picture imaginable. BRRR! Good thing you ride IN the train. I’ve heard from numerous moms that the event is a cozy, memorable time for the whole family. Premium class tickets (where Santa is on board) run for $27.50 and depending on the day/time, Adults are $16.50/$15 and kids are $14/$13 for normal class tickets. Under 1 is free if you hold the child on your lap. ** UPDATE 7/30/2012 Please note that this is different than last year – I was told 2 when I called, however, a reader let me know that they changed it. I called again and spoke with a director who reiterated the UNDER 1 policy ** The prices of the tickets are a bit pricey (especially if you have a large family), but we are going to make this a special winter occasion for our train fanatic. Tickets do sell out for this event so plan ahead. Don’t be like me and wait until winter is on your brain!