THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

A Family Tradition

Live the magical journey of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

Enjoy hot chocolate and a yummy cookie on your hour-long trip to the North Pole and back. Once you reach the North Pole, the jolly old elf — Santa himself — will come on board to give each passenger the first gift of Christmas, a silver sleigh bell.

Ticket Information

Departure Dates and Times

November 26 - December 19, 2021

Wednesday - Friday

3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm & 8:00pm

Saturday - Sunday
2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm & 8:00pm

Prices

Matinees 2:00pm & 3:30pm
First Class: $65 per passenger
Coach Class: $45 per passenger

Evenings 5:00pm, 6:30pm & 8:00pm
First Class: $70 per passenger
Coach Class: $50 per passenger

Children aged 2 and under ride free on an adult lap.

Member Presale & Public On Sale Dates

Become a member by August 30th to participate in the presale!

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Member Presale Dates

September 7-17 Silver Spike, Gold Spike and Platinum Spike members by phone only at 916-445-8242

September 21 – Bronze Spike members

September 22 – Trainmaster, Engineer, Yardmaster and Freight Agent members

September 23 Conductor, Fireman, Telegrapher and Hostler members

September 24 – Caboose Club, Brakeman, Handcar Club and Switchman members

September 26 – Member Pre-Sale Ends

Public On Sale Begins September 28

Car Descriptions

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Sacramento consists of seven separate cars pulled by vintage locomotives from the California State Railroad Museum’s collection. On board you will be seated in either Coach, Open Air or First Class according to your ticket purchase. Guests in each car will experience the same excitement and wonder of
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.

Open Air Car

Sleigh Ride Open Air Car

C’mon it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you and yours. The Sleigh Ride Car is a unique addition to our Polar Express Train, and holds up to 76 passengers. These converted open air cars have translucent plastic window coverings to keep any frightful weather at bay, while still allowing for a magical view. Think of it as your cozy sleigh ride to the North Pole. Tickets are sold by tables of four, and guests are invited to bring along a blanket and snuggle up together like four birds of a feather would be.

Pricing

Matinees: $180 per table of four seats.
Evenings: $200 per table of four seats.

Coach Cars

Katy Coach Car

The Katy Car is our largest coach which holds up to 76 passengers. The seats are comfortable loveseat style for groups of four facing each other, two on each side.

Pricing

Matinees: $45 per passenger.
Evenings: $50 per passenger.

Kris Kringle Coach Car

The seats are comfortable loveseat style for groups of four facing each other, two on each side. The Kris Kringle Car holds up to 64 passengers.

Pricing

Matinees: $45 per passenger.
Evenings: $50 per passenger.

Gingerbread Coach Car

The Gingerbread Car seats up to 52 passengers in chair-style seating with sets of two chairs in groups of four facing each other.

Pricing

Matinees: $45 per passenger.
Evenings: $50 per passenger.

First Class Cars

Join us in our first class cars where you will ride in our most luxurious and spacious cars and take home a collectable souvenir Polar Express Trian Ride™ mug.

Audubon Dining Car

The Dining Car also known as the Audubon - thanks to hand-painted reproductions of the artist/naturalist John James Audubon's bird illustrations - holds 44 passengers. Groups of four passengers are seated around a small table. Tickets are sold by tables of four.

Pricing

Matinees: $260 per table of four seats.
Evenings: $280 per table of four seats.

French Quarter Lounge Car

The French Quarter Car was inspired by the New Orleans French Quarter, with wrought iron details and a “Sunset Pink” painted ceiling studded with stars. Complete with its own serving bar, the French Quarter has large windows and a combination of tables, settees and lounge-style chairs. The French Quarter holds 35 passengers.

Pricing

Matinees: $65 per passenger.
Evenings: $70 per passenger.

El Dorado Observation Car

The beautifully restored First Class Observation Car is called the El Dorado. This handsome 1920s lounge car offers large windows and comfortable seating. The car is divided into two sections: The Parlor and the Lounge. Passengers in both locations are free to move about the car and step out onto the observation platform.

The El Dorado Parlor

A private interior room decorated with stained glass interior windows and tufted leatherette seats. The Parlor has comfortable seating groups for two, four, or more and holds up to 18 passengers.

Pricing

Matinees: $65 per passenger.
Evenings: $70 per passenger.

The El Dorado Lounge

A section that seats up to 18 passengers on burgundy sofas and chairs facing each other.

Pricing

Matinees: $65 per passenger.
Evenings: $70 per passenger.

Policies and Rules

  • All sales are final.
  • Purchasers who wish to donate unused tickets back to the nonprofit CSRM Foundation will be given a tax letter of donation for the full amount of the tickets.
  • Exchanges are based on availability and are subject to a $10 per seat exchange fee. $10 per ticket or $40 per table of four.
  • Only one exchange per ticket will be allowed.
  • Exchange requests should be submitted to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride – Hotline at (916) 445-8270.

General Ticket Policies

  • Tickets are subject to service fees which vary between $7 and $8 depending on the sales outlet.
  • Tickets may be delivered digitally, by mail or held at the ticket window for pickup on the day of departure. Ticket delivery method is at the choice of the purchaser.
  • Children under 2 years old do not require a ticket, but must be seated on the lap of an adult while on board the train.

Member Advance Ticket Sales Policies

  • Members of the California State Railroad Museum and Railtown 1897 are allowed to purchase THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride tickets in advance of the general public.
  • Members are not guaranteed to get tickets during Member Advance Ticket Sales, merely the opportunity to try to purchase tickets in advance of the general public.
  • New, renewing or upgrading memberships should have been active and current as of August 30, 2021 to participate in Member Advance Ticket Sales.
  • Members must have their membership ID number when ordering tickets.
  • Member households may purchase a maximum of eight individual tickets or two tables of four, per location, during Member Advance Ticket Sales.

Resale & Monetization

Our policy strictly prohibits the resale or attempted resale of any tickets for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride for personal profit. Additionally, the use of public advertising – such as but not limited to eBay and Craigslist – to resell tickets is not permitted. Either action will result in the immediate cancellation of the tickets. Tickets may not be raffled, used as auction items or otherwise monetized without the express written permission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation.


ACCESS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Sacramento is not fully accessible to persons with disabilities, due to historic, limited doorway widths and steep stepwells within the train cars. However, our train crews are always pleased to lend assistance when boarding and alighting from the train (provided wheelchairs or other oversize assistive devices are not required during the trip). Please notify the train crew prior to boarding, so we may best meet your needs.

The California State Railroad Museum and related event activities are fully accessible to persons with disabilities, except as noted above. If you require special accommodation, please notify us in advance of your visit by emailing [email protected] or by calling THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride – Sacramento Hotline at (916) 445-8270.

Have Questions?

For additional information, contact:

Phone: 916-445-8270

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