Essex North Pole Express Train Tickets on Sale for 2021

The ever popular Essex North Pole Express train ride returns to Connecticut for the 2021 holiday season. It's arguably one of the most popular Polar Express holiday train rides in the country and certainly in the Northeast, so we expect tickets to sell out fast, especially as the train was canceled amid Covid-concerns last year.

General admission tickets go on sale Friday, September 17 at 9am, so set your alarms now. (Partial and full car ticket sales started earlier this week.)

This famed Christmas train runs about 90 minutes, departing from the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat station in Essex, Connecticut, not far from New London and Old Saybrook.

Expect a live musical performance of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to dance down the aisle of every car. There will be a visit from Santa on the Essex North Pole Express, a small gift for each child passenger, cookies, sing-alongs, and plenty more seasonal merriment. Kids usually wear their Chrismas PJs and bring along a favorite stuffed animal.

 
Kids can wear their Chrismas PJs and bring along a favorite stuffed animal. Photo courtesy Diana Paladino Christopher

Organizers state on the website that they will follow "all state and CDC recommendations for masking, sanitizing, and social distancing at the time of your event" and "strongly recommend" masking for all guests. Unvaccinated guests are required to wear masks.

Rides begin November 19 and run through December 23, 2021. Kids ages 2 and up must have a ticket to board. Coach seating starts at $45 per person.

(Read our review of the Essex Polar Express train ride for more info, too!)

 
Enjoy a holiday setting at the Polar Express station. Photo courtesy of Bob Gunderson

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