Here's your guide to Ohio Polar Express train rides for Columbus families. All aboard for a magical Christmas train ride that will remind your kids of one of the best loved holiday books!
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The most popular Polar Express trains book up early, and it might be necessary to plan far in advance to avoid a sellout!
The Polar Express – Dennison Railroad Depot Museum
Katie G.: Hop aboard the Polar Express as you experience a magical journey to the North Pole. You and your family will board the decorated train and listen to a retelling of The Polar Express while elves entertain you with games, music and activities. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served on your journey. You will find Santa and his workshop at the North Pole, where Santa will hop on board the train and visit with families. All kids will receive a special jingle bell from Santa.
North Pole Adventure - Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Kelly R.: On this popular 90-minute Ohio Polar Express train ride to the North Pole, families enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, sing Christmas carols, and visit with the jolly man himself.
Santa Train - Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Katie G.: The Santa Train has been a long tradition for many families for over 40 years. The train runs on the weekends during the holiday season departing from Nelsonville, OH. Families can enjoy the sites of the Hocking River Valley as they sit in their heated train car and listen to Christmas music during the two-hour ride. Santa will make his way around the train visiting with all families and handing out candy canes to the kids.
North Pole Express - Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.
Katie G.: Take a magical journey around Findlay, OH on the North Pole Express where you'll ride in an open train car while seeing thousands of Christmas lights, decorations and music. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to visit with the kids. The train ride only lasts 10 - 15 minutes, but there is plenty more to do at the family-friendly indoor wonderland filled with train displays and lights.
North Pole Express - LM&M Railroad
Katie G.: The North Pole Express will begin at the LM&M Railroad station in Lebanon, OH. During the 75-minute train ride, everyone can experience the wonder of the holiday season as they journey down the train tracks of Warren County, Ohio. Passengers spend time with Santa and his elves, and train cars are decorated with holiday lights and decorations.
Primary photo: Cincinnati Railway Company, LM&M Railroad
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