Polar Express Train

Polar Express Train

The Polar Express Train is one of the most popular holiday events in Squamish- a must-see for the whole family! Take a seat and enjoy a ride full of magic, holiday spirit and special treats! In one hour or less, you’ll roll right into the North Pole Workshop and Gingergread Village, which are filled with fun activities for visitors of all ages. 

Polar Express Train

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Polar Express Train Activities

Train Ride – Riding on the Polar Express is the highlight of this popular event and a truly magical experience. The ride lasts approximately 50-60 minutes. Sit back and relax while your enjoy hot chocolate and candy. The Polar Express story will play over the intercom throughout the ride. What better way to get in the holiday spirit?

Trains, Trains, Trains – If your little one was impressed by the train ride, they’ll be even more excited upon arriving at the North Pole. Get in line to hop on the mini rail. It’s a great opportunity for parents to rest and capture some more great photos while kids enjoy another ride for the day. Once you’re done there, check out the cab of a Royal Hudson 2860- another great photo opportunity! Last, but not least, make sure you stop by the massive model railway so everyone has a chance to get behind the controls for a bit.

Photo Opportunities – Once you arrive at the North Pole, grab your camera and snap a photo with both Santa and Mrs. Claus. You’ll also run into several characters from the Polar Express movie. Keep that camera out and don’t miss a smile!

Crafts – Whether you have crafty kids or you’re a creative adult, head on over to the Elf’s Workshop and make your very own wooden train to take home. It’s a great souvenir and the perfect reminder of your very special day.

Letter Writing – Help your little ones write a letter to Santa or take the time to write one yourself. Adults have wishes, too! This is a great activity for the whole family to participate in.

More Treats – By the time you arrive at the North Pole, chances are you’ve already had a chocolate chip cookie or some other sweets. Don’t let that stop you from decorating your very own gingerbread cookie! You can always take it home for later.

These are some of the crowd favorites at the Polar Express event in Squamish, but you’ll find plenty of other sights and sounds to keep you busy.

Polar Express Train – What to Know Before You Go

The Polar Express Train is a very popular event, so it’s best to buy tickets early. Coach tickets are $30 and First Class tickets are $45.  Both options will sell out quickly. Plan to arrive in plenty of time to catch your scheduled train ride. You will want to have time to find a parking spot and get your family organized and ready to head over to the event.

You’ll see plenty of young visitors running around in pajamas in the spirit of the movie. Pajamas also happen to be the perfect attire for extra adorable holiday photos. Pack the PJ’s and don’t forget to snap some pictures with Santa!

For more information about this event, visit The West Coast Railway Association.

Ready to purchase tickets? You can do so here.

Dates and times vary from November- December. See website for more details.

Location: West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Address- 39645 Government Road, Squamish


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