North Pole Express

North Pole Express

All aboard! Join us for a magical trip to the North Pole!

“All Aboard” says the conductor, and your family's journey begins to the North Pole! Through the dark night, the magical train makes its way to the top of the world!  Upon arrival at the brilliantly decorated North Pole, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves board the train to visit with your family and give each child a keepsake! Be sure to bring your camera to get a photo of your family with Santa and Mrs. Claus! You'll enjoy chocolate milk and cookies, sing Christmas songs, and listen to a special Christmas Story! The North Pole Express will make lasting Christmas memories for you and your family! For even more fun, be sure to wear your pajamas!

North Pole Express CoachCoach Class

You'll enjoy chocolate milk, cookies and sing Christmas carols.  Listen to a special Christmas story and receive a Christmas gift!


First Class Service!

First Class Service

The Silver Maple chair car 4741 and the Kayenta chair car 4700 will offer first class service hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, special dessert treat, special keepsake and specialized service!  

Live Entertainment!

Enjoy live musical entertainment when you ride with the entertainer in the Chicago & North Western (C&NW) Gallery Car 59 – A End.  Take a front row seat as the entertainer sings Christmas songs and reads a special story for everyone on the train!

Dates & Times

  • Fridays, Nov. 16, 23, 30 Dec. 7, 14  
    Departure Times: 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays Nov. 17, 24 Dec. 1, 8, 15   
    Departure Times: 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm
  • Sundays Nov. 18, 25 Dec. 2   
    Departure Times: 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm
  • Sunday December 2, 9
    Departure Times: 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm


Group tickets (25+) go on sale 9AM July 9, 2018.

Individual tickets go on sale 9AM July 23, 2018.

Tickets sell quickly! Immediate purchase is essential!

Coach ClassC&NW - A End (Live Entertainer)First ClassInfant*
$27 $37 $47 Free
Please Note: Above prices include taxes but not convenience fee. $3.00/ticket purchased on web or $4.00/ticket if purchased through the ticket call center at 205-757-8383.

Tickets will not be available at the museum's office.

You will have a ticket confirmation emailed to you after purchase if email address was provided during purchase. Please print the ticket confirmation out and bring to the Calera Depot ticket window on the night of your ride so as to pick up your tickets. Ticket confirmations cannot be used in place of tickets to board the train.

If you never received or have lost your ticket confirmation, call the ticket center at 205-757-8383 or email us. 

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* Infant Tickets

Children 0-24 months ride free of charge though required to sit in an adult’s lap at all times. Infant Tickets are not available online. When you arrive at the Calera Depot to pick up your tickets, please let the ticket agent know you are in need of any infant tickets. For your safety, strollers and infant car seat carriers are not permitted aboard the train.

Refund Protection

Refund Protection is available for your complete purchase for $20 at time of purchase. If you purchase Refund Protection, you have until 72 hours before your scheduled departure to receive a full refund. If you do not purchase Refund Protection, or if you wait until less than 72 hours before the event, there are no refunds. If you cannot use your ticket, you may want to give or sell your ticket to someone else.

Wheelchair Accessibility

For the North Pole Express, our train has one wheelchair accessible accommodation on the Long Island 2972 . Wheelchair loading and unloading occurs at the Calera Depot with a MobiLift wheelchair lift. Note: A person in your party must be in a wheelchair to purchase this ticket. This is only a space for a wheelchair, no seat is provided.

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There are no working restrooms on our vintage railcars. Please use the restroom at the Gift Shop prior to boarding.

For More Information

Need more information? Please read over the North Pole Express Frequently Asked Questions!

Tickets and Event Information are available through the ticket call center at 205-757-8383.

We can be reached by email at [email protected].

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