About the Event: The Polar Express™ returns to Portland for another season of magical memories! 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 hot chocolate 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. This is the only officially licensed Polar Express™ train ride in the state and is the largest annual fundraiser for the museum – thank you for your support!
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 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 complete our Polar Express Volunteer Application and return it to the museum if you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the event.
To Become a Sponsor: For details on how your business can be a part of this annual holiday event, take a look at our Event Sponsor Form and contact the museum for more information on how you can get involved!
Polar Express™ Photo Gallery: To see photos of our previous Polar Express™ events – Like us on Facebook.
Polar Express™ Video: To see more about what happens at our event, check our our promotional trailer below.
Special thanks to our 2016 Event Sponsors!
Bronze Sponsors: Gorham Savings Bank