It's a Christmas miracle. The magic of the Polar Express train ride returns to the Adirondack Railroad.

The annual holiday train ride is back after being cancelled last year due to COVID. You'll depart from Utica’s Union Station and travel north while being served hot chocolate and cookies. When you arrive at the North Pole, Santa will board the train to visit with each family, handing each child their first gift of Christmas in the form of a Silver Bell, just like in the book or movie.

Children and parents are encouraged to come in their pajamas. Don’t forget your camera. You’ll want to capture the memories. You'll also want to get your tickets early. The event sells out every year.

You can upgrade to first class and travel to the North Pole in the Cocoa Class car, with hot chocolate chefs. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate in souvenir mugs.

Ticket Prices

Coach Class
Adults $46
Children $38
Cocoa Class (First Class)
Adults $67.50
Children $57.50

Christmas Train

You can also enjoy Old Forge’s Christmas On Main Street on the Christmas train.

Relax and soak up the colorful sights while you travel from the Utica train station to Old Forge. Then spend a full afternoon in Old Forge enjoying “Christmas on Main Street,” browsing through shops, decorated for the season and enjoying carriage rides. You'll return to Utica after the Christmas Tree Lighting.

The Beer and Wine train is also returning for the season along with the Halloween Train.

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