I don’t know about you, but crunchy snow, Christmas stories, and hot chocolate are the last things on my mind while we cruise on through the steamy days of July. But I learned my lesson the hard way last October when I tried to get tickets to an event I knew my train-lover would eat up. Two months in advance, I surely thought I would get tickets. Nope, they were sold out (I even tried on Craigslist for awhile until I finally let it go), and I heard they went on sale in July! I vowed I would get winter and the polar on my mind when July rolled around again.
No, not that kind of Polar. I mean the Polar Express at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay. This long-time coveted event takes place November 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and December 1 and 2. The classic Christmas tale comes alive in a dramatic reading and train ride. The event runs from 3pm-9pm. There are 3 shows each day at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 25, on their website here.
So I know this isn’t a picture of the Polar Express, but since I have not been to the event, I tried to find the snowiest, train picture imaginable. BRRR! Good thing you ride IN the train. I’ve heard from numerous moms that the event is a cozy, memorable time for the whole family. Premium class tickets (where Santa is on board) run for $27.50 and depending on the day/time, Adults are $16.50/$15 and kids are $14/$13 for normal class tickets. Under 1 is free if you hold the child on your lap. ** UPDATE 7/30/2012 Please note that this is different than last year – I was told 2 when I called, however, a reader let me know that they changed it. I called again and spoke with a director who reiterated the UNDER 1 policy ** The prices of the tickets are a bit pricey (especially if you have a large family), but we are going to make this a special winter occasion for our train fanatic. Tickets do sell out for this event so plan ahead. Don’t be like me and wait until winter is on your brain!
Buy tickets here on/after July 25: http://www.nationalrrmuseum.org/en-Us/default.aspx