The Polar Express Will Return to Cape Cod This Year

All aboard!

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Photo courtesy of Premier Rail Collection

For the first time in four years, the Polar Express will wind through the dunes of Cape Cod.

Its inaugural round-trip journey is slated for November 18, where passengers will have the chance to enjoy the ride from a newly added “dome” car. The car offers full-length windows, providing panoramic views of the landscape.

Like in the film, kids (and parents) are encouraged to don their coziest pajamas. The hour-long trip begins at Buzzards Bay, where each child has his or her ticket punched by the conductor before the train chugs to the North Pole. The exact location of the North Pole isn’t disclosed in order to maintain the magic, but passengers remain inside the train for the duration of the trip.

Aboard the festively decorated Polar Express, dancing chefs will serve hot chocolate and cookies while children read along with the original The Polar Express storybook by Chris Van Allsburg. Once the train reaches the North Pole, passengers will catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves out the window before they board the train. After Santa arrives, he’ll make his rounds to personally deliver a special silver sleigh bell to each child, all while the elves lead in singing Christmas carols.

Tickets range from $29 to $84. Trains will run through December 23. For more information about tickets and schedules, see