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ALL ABOARD! The Polar Express Train in Durango

 ALL ABOARD! The Polar Express train is officially up and running starting Friday, November 18th, 2022. This magical train ride starts at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train depot all the way to the North Pole! Take the whole family on a trip that they will never forget. If you have never watched the Polar Express movie, it’s time to rent it and see what it’s all about (it’s available on HBO Max and Hulu as well). There is no measurement on earth that can determine the joy and magic a night on The Durango Polar Express Train will bring you and your whole family! 


WHY it’s the best way to start celebrating the holiday season…

The Durango Polar Express Train allows the magic of Christmas to truly come alive. When you arrive at the train station depot, you will be served hot chocolate and sweet treats by Santa’s helpers while the conductor of the train recites a portion of the Polar Express book. After that, ALL ABOARD!! It’s time to go to the North Pole! Check out the magic and wonder that the spirit of Christmas brings when you arrive which includes enjoying an epic light show. When the train departs the North Pole and heads back home to Durango, Santa will visit each train car and give the first gift of the holiday season to each and every passenger. 


WHAT is The Polar Express...

First and foremost, it’s one of the greatest Christmas stories of all time! Again, if you haven’t yet, be sure to watch the movie on HBO Max, Hulu or simply rent it AND buy or rent the book to read with the whole family as a bedtime story. Further, The Polar Express is a tale first created by the author, Chris Van Allsburg. The story travels along with the main character as he experiences a truly magical Christmas Eve journey. Don’t be mistaken– this is not a train ride intended only for children, but people of all ages! This is a chance to bring the joy, love and Christmas spirit back to our little mountain town that is Durango, Colorado. 


WHEN should you go… 

If you are planning to ride The Polar Express train, you must book your tickets sooner rather than later as certain dates and specific train car seating sell out quickly! 


Info & Graphic courtesy of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Website


NOTE: Be sure to download the Polar Express Songbook for you and your family to enjoy together during the Christmas season!

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

-Clement Clarke Moore



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