Enjoy A Magical Polar Express Train Ride Aboard The Branson Scenic Railway In Missouri

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Christmas season is soon to be underway. Every year, the book Polar Express is read to thousands of children throughout the country. It has become so popular, that even Warner Brothers turned it into a movie. But to take that story to the next level, hop on the real-life Polar Express train ride in Missouri for some memorable family fun.

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

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For a sneak peak at the train ride, check out this video that a family shared of their experience on the Polar Express.

The Polar Express takes place on the Branson Scenic Railway. The starting train depot is located at 206 E. Main Street in Branson, Missouri.

Have you taken the Polar Express train ride in Missouri before? Let us know what your experience was like in the comments below!

Address: 206 E Main St, Branson, MO 65616, USA
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Polar Express Train Ride In Missouri

October 12, 2019

What other Christmas train rides can I take in Missouri?

If you can’t make it to Branson or if you’re up for another polar express train ride in Missouri, you have several options from which to choose. Climb aboard the Polar Express at Union Station in St. Louis, for example. The 45-minute train ride will take you on a magical adventure, beginning with a reading of the Christmas classic The Polar Express. Your Christmas adventure will also feature appearances by Santa and his reindeer, a special gift for all of the kiddos, hot chocolate and cookies, and Christmas carols. The first Polar Express of the season pulls out of the station on Friday, November 29, 2019.

What are the best holiday events in Missouri for families?

Missouri just might be the perfect place for family-friendly Christmas events. Gather the whole family, for example, for an old-fashioned Christmas when you visit the quaint downtown of St. Charles, all decked out for the holidays. Plan your trip to the St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival, held Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 29 to December 24, 2019.

For another unforgettable Christmas event in Missouri, head to Silver Dollar City for its epic An Old Time Christmas in Branson. The celebration will feature more than six million LED lights, an eight-story tall Christmas tree, and magic for the whole family.

Where can I see the best Christmas light displays in Missouri?

Add a touch of magic to your holiday season by visiting some of the best Christmas lights displays in Missouri. Stroll outdoors at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where you can walk through tunnels of lights and admire the light displays. Stay warm with refreshments, and get into the holiday spirit with the live entertainment.

You can also drive through the spectacular Celebration of Lights in O’Fallon; walk through the light-drenched Silver Dollar City (with more than six million lights); or visit Christmas in the Park at Lee’s Summit, which boasts more than 300,000 twinkling lights.

Address: 206 E Main St, Branson, MO 65616, USA