About the Event: The Polar Express returns to Portland for a 8th season in 2015! The fun begins at the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center, which serves as our train depot for this event. Holiday decorations inside the train add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board meet the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served by our hot chocolate chefs, and listen to a reading of the story as they journey to the “North Pole.” Santa will greet children aboard the train while passengers sing along to carols as they travel back to the train station! The Polar Express is the largest annual fundraiser for the museum. Thank you for your support! Check out the promotional video below to learn more about our event:
Where to Arrive: All Trains Depart from the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center. This is where passengers board the train. The museum is NOT open during the event.
Frequently Asked Questions: For answers to common questions about the Polar Express visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Train Dates, Times & Tickets: Trains depart Portland for the North Pole select dates Thanksgiving through Christmas. Prices range from $25-$40 per person. All tickets for the Polar Express are sold through PortTix. Tickets go on sale in September each year, and trains often sell out. Advanced Reservations are strongly encouraged. Please visit the PortTix website or call 207.842.0800 for ticket information.
To Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering for the Polar Express, please contact the museum.
Polar Express Photo Gallery: To see photos of our Polar Express event – Like us on Facebook.