November 25, 2021 - TRA Newswire -
Experience a Christmas from the movies and ride the Polar Express at the Galveston Railroad Museum on the island and at the Texas State Railroad in Palestine this season.
Galveston Railroad Museum Polar Express

In Galveston you can purchase a ticket to the North Pole on The Polar Express Train Ride and get picked up at the Galveston island railroad museum's vintage train station at 2602 Santa Fe Place.
Singing chefs will serenade passengers as they serve cookies and hot chocolate. Santa Claus will announce who is on his "nice" list and gift the first present of Christmas — a silver sleigh bell. Polar Express staff encourage guests to wear pajamas. Once at the North Pole, dancing elves will greet passengers. Once back at the station following the one-hour ride, passengers will have the opportunity to take photos with the crew. Coach class tickets start at $30 for a child and $35 for an adult, but can go as high as $70-$75 depending if the museum determines the date and time as a higher-demand departure. First-class tickets range from $45-$50 and can go as high as $85-$90. Presidential class tickets start from $65-$70 to $105-$110. Lap infants younger than 2 ride for free.
Trains will depart at several times Thursday through Sunday for the first two weeks of December. Leading up to Christmas from Dec. 20-23, trains will depart at 5:30, 7 and 8 p.m., however, the museum anticipates trains to sell out. Masks are required and passengers must purchase tickets online. Information:

Texas State Railroad Polar Express
Depart for a train ride to the North Pole singing Christmas carols with iconic "The Polar Express" characters at Texas State Railroad’s depot at 789 Park Road 70 in Palestine.  The one-hour adventure leaves in the late afternoon and evenings with additional times added as Christmas approaches. The week of Christmas will have have five departures Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 3:30, 5, 6, and 8 p.m. Christmas Eve will have 3 departures at 3:30, 5 and 6 p.m.
As chefs sing and recite the children's book "The Polar Express," Santa and his elves prepare to pass out gifts once the train reaches Santa's home. Chefs will also give out sugar cookies and hot chocolate. Costs range from $30 to $80 per child, depending on class of service, $50 to $100 per adult, depending on class of service, and $60 to $110 per adult with a lap child, depending on class of service.  Masks are optional for the ride. Tickets are available at