Polar Express™


About the Event:  The Polar Express™ is the largest annual event at the museum drawing over 14,000 passengers each year!  The fun begins at the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center, which serves as our train depot. 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 chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story as they journey to the “North Pole.” Santa greets children aboard the train while passengers sing along to carols as they travel back to the train station. Polar Express™ train is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and and is the largest annual fundraiser for the museum – thank you for your support!  Our event is the only officially licensed Polar Express™ train ride in the state of Maine.

Trailer: If you would like to see more about our event, check out our Polar Express Video which captures the magic of the ride.

Tickets: Trains depart Portland for the North Pole select dates Thanksgiving through Christmas. All tickets for the Polar Express™ are sold through PortTix. You can purchase your tickets online through the PortTix website or by calling their box office at (207)842-0800. Tickets go on sale in early September of each year and trains often sell out. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Please visit the PortTix website in early September to see a full listing of available train dates and times and to make your reservation.

Frequently Asked Questions: For answers to common questions about the Polar Express™ visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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.

To Volunteer: Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering for the Polar Express event.

Polar Express™ Photo Gallery: Click on the images below to see some images of previous events.

Special Thanks to our Generous Event Sponsors: