Polar Express at the National Railroad Museum

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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, Polar Express at the National Railroad Museum. Two months in advance, I thought I surely 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 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, and December 1 and 2. The classic Christmas tale comes alive in a dramatic reading and train ride.  There are 3 shows each day at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, 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. Tickets range in price from $19.50 to $37. Tickets do sell out for this event so plan ahead. Don’t be like me and wait until winter is on your brain!

Polar Express FAQ

Where is the Polar Express? 
At the National Railroad Museum: 2285 S Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54304

Is there a waiting list for tickets?
No. And no returns, refunds, or exchanges.

Is there a phone number to purchase tickets? 
Call 877-77CLICK (877-772-5425). Phone purchases have an added convenience fee of $3.50-4.50 per ticket.

Can I purchase tickets at the museum?
Yes, but tickets are very limited for this. Plan to purchase on-line.

When should we arrive for our Polar Express show? 
The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each show. Do not plan to arrive sooner.

This is a fundraising event for the National Railroad Museum!

Buy tickets here on/after July 25.

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Liz Schultz
Liz was raised in Wisconsin and returned with her husband and children nine years ago. They've been exploring all of the old familiar places and lots of new ones too. She is an avid fan of coffee, tea, and tacos. When she manages to steal free time without a pile of laundry, she knits like a mad woman.


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