The magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s popular Christmas picture book The Polar Express comes to life again this winter with festive Christmas trains and holiday trolleys within a whistle's blow of the New York City metro area. A huge hit with kids and parents alike, these Christmas trains near New York City spark the imagination and holiday spirit with seasonal snacks, stories, even gifts—not to mention a visit from Santa himself.
These old-school cabooses—some harking back to the 1920s—offer a classic holiday ambiance. No matter which Polar Express train experience you choose, your family can combine an annual Santa Claus photo-op with lasting memories of a sweet adventure.
These Christmas train rides sell out quickly, often months in advance, so book now if you want to go. Find more regional Polar Express and Christmas train rides on our New Jersey and Philadelphia sites, and find plenty more seasonal offerings in our Holiday Guide.