The Polar Express Train Ride Returns to Whippany!

Whippany, N.J. – We are squarely in the summer season but the folks at The Polar Express Train ride want you to start thinking about the holiday season starting Tuesday.

After taking a hiatus due to COVID-19 in 2020, Rail Events Productions is celebrating the 2021 return of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Whippany, New Jersey. The immersive family-oriented experience is presented by Walkers Shortbread and seats are available to book starting at 9:00 am on July 6 for departures beginning Nov. 3 and continuing through Dec. 30. Tickets will be available for purchase online at

Here’s what you can expect on your ride:

The adventure comes to life when the train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. Once on board, the conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and delicious Walkers Shortbread are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, characters on each car lead fantastic onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Like the kids in the book, families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

Changes for 2021 include updated show content with a fresh new script and some surprises as well as enhanced coach seating so all seats face the performance area in the center of the car. The train ride will follow any requirements for physical distancing and face coverings on the date of your trip, per the current local and federal health orders.

Exact dates, times, and fares are available by visiting Ticket prices range from $42 to $85, depending on the class of service, date and, time of the ride.

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