About the Event: The Polar Express returns to Portland for a 6th season! 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 guest 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!
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.
To Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering for the Polar Express, fill out the application and return to the museum: Polar Volunteer Application 2013. (Note – Most volunteer shifts are now full. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Halm-Perazone at 207.828.0814 for available volunteer shifts before returning your application to the museum.)
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. Please visit the PortTix website or call 207.842.0800 for ticket information.
Polar Express Video and Photo Gallery: To see photos of our Polar Express event – Like us on Facebook. Check out our YouTube video below to learn more about our event.
The Polar Express Movie celebrates ten years in 2014! To enter the 10th Anniversary “I Believe” Contest, click here.