If you ever wanted to receive the first gift of Christmas don’t miss The Polar Express Train Ride.
The classic children’s Christmas tale comes to life, and families get to board one of the trains at Union Station to experience the magic of The Polar Express. On this one-hour trip enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, dancing chefs, caroling, and a visit from Santa who will give a precious silver sleigh bell to each guest.
Along with the gifts and goodies, passengers will read along to “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg as you ride through tunnels, neighborhoods, and rail yards. The 1985 book is the inspiration for the ride. In the book a boy hears the train’s whistle one night and he heads toward it. As he gets to it the conductor explains the train is heading to the North Pole, and when he gets on it he finds other children in their pajamas enjoying candy and chocolate. The train arrives to a crowd of elves sending Santa on his way to deliver presents. Santa picks out the boy and let’s him pick the first gift of Christmas, and the boy asks for a bell from one of the reindeer. As you read the rest of the story it emphasizes the power of belief that children have and how hard it is to keep it the older you get.
The Polar Express Train Ride runs until Jan. 1, 2017 at Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd. Tickets for children start at $35 and $49 for adults. For more information visit chicagothepolarexpressride.com.