An important St. Louis holiday tradition is bringing joy to families this year. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride returns to St. Louis Union Station for the 2021 holiday season.
This year the beautifully decorated trains take you on a journey to the North Pole as you interact with the Polar Express characters, Santa Claus and his elves. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is the magical story of a boy's search for the real meaning of Christmas, based on the beloved children's book.
Begin your journey at St. Louis Union Station Train Park, where you will meet the Conductor inviting you to board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride. Set to The Polar Express motion picture soundtrack, this unique holiday experience transports passengers into the magic of the beloved holiday classic.
Families are encouraged to wear their holiday pajamas for the experience. Once aboard the train, it leaves Union Station and you will enjoy a reading of the classic book, then receive some freshly brewed hot chocolate from our chefs and a tasty cookie. Soon you will arrive at the North Pole where Santa Claus boards your train and visits every good little boy and girl to give them the magical gift of Christmas. Tickets can also be combined with a ride on the St. Louis Wheel at Union Station.
TRAIN CAR TIERS
COACH: Forward-facing seating in sets of two. One window seat, one aisle seat.
FIRST CLASS: Pods of four seats facing each other with a small table in between. Sold in groups of four with a commemorative Polar Express mug (must purchase a seat for everyone in your party)
PREMIUM DOME CAR: Booths seating 4 people, 1 four seated couch and 8 swivel chairs. Seats located under a ceiling of windows. Each seat comes with a commemorative Polar Express mug (must purchase a seat for everyone in your party)
PREMIUM DOME CAR LOUNGE: Lower level seating with lounge chairs in a spacious area. Each ticket comes with a commemorative Polar Express mug (must purchase a seat for everyone in your party)
Make an entire evening out of it and stay at the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel – a Curio Collection by Hilton
Monday-Thursday 4:30pm to 7:15pm
Friday-Sunday 4:30pm to 8:30pm