The Magical Polar Express Train Ride In Iowa Everyone Should Experience At Least Once

The air is getting colder, we’re gearing up for Thanksgiving, and that means only one thing…Christmas is right around the corner. If you want to experience the magic of the holidays with your family this year, this real life Polar Express is the perfect way to do it. This magical train ride comes complete with hot chocolate, cookies and even Santa.

So if you want to take your Christmas season to the next level, make sure to join Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad on their Santa Express. This article was written last year, but we’ve updated it with all new details for 2018!


(Please Note: Tickets for this event sell quickly, so be sure to check the railroad’s website for availability.)


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The Boone & Scenic Railroad Depot is located at 225 10th St., Boone, IA. The Santa Express will be running from November 23rd through December 16th, 2018, and tickets are on sale now. You can visit their website for more details on times, dates and purchasing tickets.

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