THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
National Railroad Museum - Green Bay
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is a magical re-creation of the classic children’s story. Following the original book and movie, you will be immersed in the Polar Express story. When you arrive at the Museum, you enter our Lenfestey Center. Before the show, you are welcome to stroll among the decorated trees in the Festival of Trees, explore the full-size trains or play Reindeer Games. The show begins with the Hot Chocolate Dance, after which we all sip a cup of hot chocolate. Next we listen to a dramatic reading of the original Polar Express book. Our conductor then calls “All Aboard”, inviting us to ride the Polar Express to the North Pole. On board the train, our adventure continues as you interact with the characters from the story. This is not a train ride where you will see holiday decorations every inch of the way. We will travel through cold, dark forests, encounter a hobo, view the Northern Lights and see polar bears in the Arctic Circle. Santa will visit with some of the passengers on board the train. Once we arrive at the North Pole, those that did not visit with Santa on the train will have time to see him before he heads around the world on Christmas Eve.
Door Opening Times
30 minutes before show
Directions & Parking
Parking is available on the Museum grounds. Parking attendants are available to assist you.
From the North:
Follow 1-41 S. to Exit 165. Take the ramp right for WI-172 East. Take ramp towards Ashland/Oneida St.
Turn left on Vanderperren Way/CR-HH. Turn left onto I-32 N/Ashland Ave. Turn right onto Cormier Rd.
Turn left onto S. Broadway and the Museum is immediately on the right.
From the South:
Take I-41 N to S. Ashland Ave. in De Pere. Take exit 163B and follow Ashland Ave for 2.75 mi to Cormier Rd.
Turn right on Cormier Rd., go .25 miles, turn left on S. Broadway and the Museum is immediately on your right.
From the East:
Follow 1-43 N to 172 W. Take the exit toward WI-32/Oneida St./Ashland Ave. from W-172 in Ashwaubenon.
Turn right on Pilgrim Way, turn left on S. Broadway to the Museum.
To Use GPS: Enter 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay WI 54304
Museum buildings are handicap accessible as well as the Glacier Gulch that will be used for the Polar Express. A wheelchair lift is available to assist passengers with train boarding. Please inform the staff at the National Railroad Museum of any special needs you may have when you arrive at the Museum to enjoy the show. Northern Lights, Arctic Circle and Spirit of the Season are not handicap accessible.
Please note — historic trains that are on exhibit within the Museum’s facilities may not be accessible due to the irreversible modifications that would be required to make them open for all. In such cases, additional interpretive materials have been provided at floor level so that everyone may experience the piece, albeit from a different perspective.
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