Tickets for the Polar Express at Union Station and other fun events  go on sale Wednesday September 12th. The Polar Express is a unique family happening that will bring memories for years to come.

Tickets are available for train departures November 16- December 30.

It's a special chance for the entire family to experience the magic of The Polar Express, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life on a journey to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”—where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl.

Depending on the level of ticket you chose you might get cookies and hot chocolate. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride departs from St. Louis Union Station for a 45 minute adventure to the North Pole filled with magic, songs, and holiday cheer.

The Polar Express Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station is a beloved holiday event with trains running from Union Station to the North Pole starting  on November 16 and continuing on selected dates through December 30, 2018.

Tickets for The Polar Express Train Ride go on sale online on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 9 a.m. at

The Polar Express Train Ride is a proud partner of Children's Miracle Network (CMN-STL),  a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Since their inception in 1988, CMN-STL has provided over $50 million dollars in support. 

The Polar Express Train Ride’s magical story of a boy's search for the meaning of Christmas comes to life when real trains departs St. Louis Union Station for a round-trip journey to the North Pole.  Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, hot chocolate and cookies are served as passengers read along with the classic children's book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas - a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to St. Louis Union Station.

Trains depart at 4:30, 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. Trains also will run at 8:30 p.m. on selected dates.

Riders may choose from two classes of service on The Polar Express — Coach and First-Class. Coach tickets start at $45. First-class tickets are priced at $69. First-class ticket holders will receive a Polar Express mug and will be seated at four-top tables on the train. Guests can save 20 percent on The Polar Express Train Ride tickets when they purchase their tickets with a hotel package with rooms at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton.

More information about dates, fares and excursion times is available by calling 314-942-6942, or by visiting Families are encouraged to wear their holiday pajamas for the ride.

In addition to the train ride, St. Louis Union Station will continue its popular holiday fire and light show set to Christmas music on the train shed lake.

St. Louis Union Station also will host a series of magical holiday dinners in the beautiful Grand Hall of the historic train station during the Polar Express season. Featuring 3-D light shows projected on the ceiling and visits with Santa's elves and holiday characters, the dinner sessions are available on selected days when the Polar Express Train Ride is in operation. Dinners are served buffet style with separate adult and children's selections priced between $20 and $25. Children ages two and under are complimentary. An elaborate holiday dessert buffet accompanies the dinners. Reservations for the 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. dinners may be purchased online at Tip: Select dates for the Magical Meal first, then purchase train tickets for the same date.

St. Louis Union Station is located at 1820 Market Street in downtown St. Louis. Parking is available in the Union Station lot at 18th and Clark for just $5 for all Polar Express ticket holders.

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.