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Ride the Polar Express at Edaville

Inspired by the hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train.

My family had a chance to ride the polar Express at Edaville last week and I want to tell you all about it.

**Disclosure:  We received complimentary tickets to ride the Polar Express in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Our train was scheduled to leave the station at 6 pm, but we noticed that people were lining up early (like around 5:30), so we lined up, too.   There was a Thomas Christmas train running the same night, but they had the Polar Express riders on one side of the platform and the Thomas riders on the other.  It was clearly marked, so we knew exactly where to go. Plus, there were employees there to switch out our tickets from the printed ones we had to the golden tickets we needed to board the Polar Express, so they were able to direct people.

If you’re local and been to Edaville before, the Polar Express takes a different track than their regular train route.  I had been wondering about that part where the train goes through the parking lot, but no worries because they had it covered.   The “North Pole” was set up in a different area, so we rode away from the park, which made it a bit more realistic.


Everyone was able to board the train about 10-15 minutes before our scheduled departure. We were near the front of the line, so we picked seats in the second car.


Each car on the train had their own Chef to pass out hot chocolate.  Chef Debbie came around and passed out everyone’s hot chocolate before the train left, which is probably a good thing because it’s an old train and the ride was a little bumpy.


We all drank our hot chocolate and listened to some festive Christmas music while we waited for the train to leave the station.


Once our journey to the “North Pole” began, Chef Debbie came around and showed the kids pages from The Polar Express story book. The story was also being read over a loud speaker on the train at the same time, but it was too noisy on the train to hear it.


Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa came aboard and greeted each child on the train. He gave each child their own sleigh bell, just like in the movie, to those who BELIEVE and he was sweet enough to pose for some pictures (even when he was looking over at my husband while I snapped one with my camera).



While Santa was coming around to each child, the conductor stopped at each child and punched their tickets.  It was nothing fancy like the words the conductor punched on the tickets in the movie, but it was still fun for the kids.


In all, the train ride lasted for about 45 minutes.  It took about 20 minutes to get to the “North Pole” & the same amount of time back. We also stopped for a few minutes once we reached the North Pole so that Santa could board the train.

Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas.  My kids didn’t want to, but most of the other kids on the train were in their jammies – as well as many of the parents.


Before we got back to the station at Edaville, chocolate chip cookies were handed out for everyone on the train to enjoy.

Thinking about heading there yourself?  Tickets to ride the Polar Express at Edaville are $47 each, but that does include all park rides and attractions.  Tickets can be purchased online by visiting their website or at the park entrance – although since the Polar Express sells out quickly, it’s recommended that you get your tickets in advance.


Edaville USA is located at 5 Pine St in CarverMA and the Polar Express runs on Mondays and Tuesdays now through December 29. If you are interested in checking out the Festival of Lights at Edaville,  you can find more information on that here.

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  127 Responses to “Ride the Polar Express at Edaville”

  1. What a fun experience for the boys. Great photos of great memories. That Santa is the real deal too! 😉

  2. Looks like so much fun and would love to do something like this with my girls if I could, too 😉

  3. tuut must be a fun ride indeed and get to meet Santa in his home 🙂

  4. My kids would love this! It is one of our favorite books/movies

  5. Thanks for reminding me about the movie! We haven’t watched it with Lil Pumpkin yet and it’d be great for the Christmas season 🙂 so fun to get to actually sit on the train too!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  6. We just went on the Polar Express train in Portland, Maine tonight and our family had an amazing time! It was a great family memory that the kids and grown-ups will cherish for a long time! Like your trip, we had hot cocoa, the story read to us, a visit from Santa, and went home with a sleigh bell!

  7. It sounds like a magical Christmas experience. I like how it started with a nice hot cup of cocoa.

  8. That’s my favorite holiday move! We watch it on my birthday (the 23rd) every year. I would LOVE to ride the Polar Express train, too!

  9. What a fun ride! The girls will have a blast there. I wish we lived closer.

  10. What a fun experience for the kids! I bet they’ll want to go back next year.

  11. I love Eadville Railroad. We took my daughter there when she was a kid and I can’t wait until we take my grandson some day.

  12. We were gifted tickets to the North Pole Express in Essex, CT on Saturday night! They were also looking into the Edaville one, though!
    I have to confess that I did wear my pajamas pants! We had so much fun.

  13. Wow what fun. This is on my to dolist for sure. It looks amazing and wow a real train ride.

  14. EVERYONE in my family would love that. My boys love trains. Their cousins do to!

  15. Great post! Thanks for sharing your journey to the North Pole with us.

  16. This looks like a lot of fun. I wish they had something like this in my area.

  17. My boys would love this train ride. We went on a train ride the other day but nothing like this as it was a packed train.

  18. That looks like so much fun! Polar Express is one of my favorite movies, so I think this would be a great time.

  19. I have always wanted to take my kiddos on this. It looks like you all had a blast.

  20. My kids would love visiting Edaville. The Polar Express looks like a fun way to make some great family memories.

  21. This would be a wonderful tradition to start with my family! Thanks for letting us know we can catch the Polar Express at Edaville!

  22. I would have definitely worn my pj’s. What a fun experience for big kids and little kids.

  23. Wow this looks like a lot of fun! Something I would love to do!

  24. There’s a North Pole train around Christmas in our town! If it’s anything like this one, it sounds like a lot of fun for families.

  25. What fun that looks like! My kids would love this.

  26. Okay your kids must be the envy of all their class mates

  27. That looks like a magical experience! My son loves trains and would be thrilled with a Polar Express train ride like that!

  28. Woah this is like a fairytale come to life! What a magical and unforgettable experience!

  29. Love this movie! What a fun thing to do as a family, my boys would love this ride!

  30. I so want to take my kids to this. Looks like you guys had a great time and your kids looked thrilled for an evening out.

  31. This looks like so much fun! This was one of my favorite Christmas books, and I have already been ready this to my son. What a great way to celebrate the season and make the book come to life!

  32. Oh my goodness! So magical! My daughter would eat up this experience! And I love the memories you’re making!

  33. This looks like a super fun and festive experience with the family. I’d love to take the family there.

  34. This looks like so much fun!! I would love to take my kids for a ride on the Polar Express!

  35. This looks like a great way to make fantastic family memories. I’d love to do this with the kids.

  36. Forget the kids I would lvoe to ride this. I really enjoy watching this movie every year.

  37. Can you believe I’ve never been to Edaville EVER??? I can’t wait to check it out. Soon enough! Looks like an awesome Polar Express ride!

  38. Your family looks so happy and had fun, I haven’t been there and I’m sure my kids also would love it.

  39. That looks like such fun. We have a polar express in our area. Such a fun tradition.

  40. Isn’t it crazy how we always love trains? Young and old, it’s just a great experience! Glad they had fun!

  41. I love taking the grands on our local train tour. I wish we had a polar express because they would think it was awesome to see Santa on the train.

  42. You guys seriously do the most amazing things. This would be such a blast. My family would love doing something like this! My boys are all train obsessed!

  43. You definitely can’t beat a Polar Express experience during the holidays. What a great way to spend time together as a family.

  44. We love that movie. We have something like this in my neck of the woods that I hope we get to do this year.

  45. it looks like you guys had an awesome time. my brother looks this movie. thanks for the awesome share.

  46. This sounds like so much fun! That is one of our favorite holiday movies and books. My kids would be so excited if we did that.

  47. My daughter LOVES the Polar Express, so she would have loved this. It looks like a good time was had by all!

  48. This is so cool! My son loves trains so I know he’d have so much fun.

  49. This is very cute and festive!
    You have some excellent pictures as well.

  50. The Polar Express looks like it was so much fun. My kids would have loved this when they were younger. These are great photos.

  51. What a lot of fun for everyone riding the Edaville Polar Express. There are so many imaginative, fun-loving people out there making happy memories for kids, adults, and families!

  52. Aww, I love that movie so much. This looks so fun!

  53. This would be an awesome holiday experience! I wish it was closer to me!

  54. What a nice family trip! I really love the concept of this train ride. Thanks for sharing!

  55. I have a very big train lover in my house! He would go absolutely crazy over this train!

  56. What a wonderful family outing! I’m sure that everyone would love this kind of adventure especially to the young ones.

  57. Awe… I would love this. And to wear our jammies? What an adorable idea. This sounds like so much fun.

  58. Train rides are always a fun way to spend time. This is probably a real thrill for people who celebrate Xmas

  59. It looks like your boys had a great time. What a great experience.

  60. This looks like a fantastic experience for your whole family. What a great treat this holiday season.

  61. Ok, I almost cried at the photo of the boys with the bells and ‘believe’ (love that part of the book and movie). Your son doesn’t look like he’s loving the personal attention from Chef Debbie, LOL! What a fun experience. That story is really so at the heart of Christmas.

  62. Sounds like it was a great experience to be had by all. There is no Polar Express here but I’m sure my little one would enjoy it if there was.

  63. This is coming near my town. I wasn’t sure if it was worth the price but I really like the detail you gave.

  64. What a fun idea! We have something similar here in NC that we really need to take the boys on.

  65. How neat that you can ride the polar express. The Polar Express is one of our favorite Christmas movies.

  66. My kids have been talking about riding the Polar Express. I think it’s so neat that they gave each child a sleigh bell. So fun!

  67. This looks like a blast, I will have to do this with the kids either this year or next year. We love the Polar express movie so this will be so fun to experience it!

  68. This is so fun, I might need to add this in my bucket list for next year. I’m sure my kids wanna ride the polar.

  69. I took my kids on a Polar Express once. They loved it.

  70. What an amazing experience. I bet my two boys would love to ride the polar express. Its a lot of fun

  71. This must have been such an amazing experience for your boys and yourself! 🙂

  72. This polar express is so cool! Looks like you had an amazing time and I think my kids will love it

  73. This looks like so much fun! What a cool thing to do.

  74. This looks like such a fun activity to do with kids. Your family certainly enjoyed themselves o this adventure with Santa.

  75. Looks like a fun time! Looks like a holiday memory that the kids will always remember!

  76. I love that movie. I think it would be fun to take one of the train rides.

  77. i love that the conductor came & punched the tickets. this is really cute

  78. Looks like your babies had a blast! Thank you for sharing your experience

  79. We did this a couple years ago with my kids, but down here in Texas. The train ride was a lot of fun. And I loved that they each got a bell.

  80. This sounds like so much fun! I think there used to be something similar in my area so I should check it out to take my family.

  81. You guys reallyknows how to have fun. I wish we have that kind of fun here. My town is sort of dead lol.

  82. How sweet is this! I need to take my kids before they get too old. I’m seeing matching pj’s in their futures.

  83. I think that going on the Polar Express would be so fun!

  84. What a neat experience. We have a polar express in Arizona but it’s several hours away and we’ve never taken the kids. Now I really want to go!

  85. I got a blogger invite to take our kids to this and now I am sad that I did not go. This looks so fun

  86. Wow, what a magical time that must have been. Santa looks amazing too!

  87. What a magical experience for you and the boys, it look like you guys have so much fun and a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing with us!! 🙂

  88. You guys do so many fun activities! You must have had a great time on this ride 🙂

  89. My son would die for this train ride! We love the book and the movie, so this would be perfect!

  90. I have always wanted to do this with the kids! They’d enjoy it so very much! What a blast to go on this ride!

  91. How fun is that? Those bells looked awesome and how can you beat hot chocolate and a train ride with Santa? I want to do this!

  92. We watch the movie every year. This would be so much fun for all of the kids. I know my family would really enjoy it!

  93. We love the movie so I bet my kids would really enjoy this train ride. I think it’s pretty cool.

  94. Really looks like you enjoy the whole ride 🙂 I want to try these too with my family. For sure they would enjoy it too.

  95. What a nice great experience. Would love to ride that train too!

  96. I love the train ride like this I never get bored especially if the tour guide tells you a little bit of history.

  97. That looks like a great experience! My family would really enjoy doing this.

  98. What a super fun ride. I want to do this with my family.

  99. This looks so fun! The Polar Express runs here, too. I may have to take my sons and check it out!

  100. Oh… wow! What an awesome experience. Your boys must have been thrilled with the Polar express ride. I love that you can ride it in your pajamas.

  101. I think the Polar Express is such a cool thing for kids!! I loved the movie and think it would be neat to actually go on the train!

  102. They have something similar to this local to where I live. It is such a hit for the kiddos during this time of year!

  103. This is fantastic. What a great experience for your boys, and a wonderful Holiday activity for the family.

  104. My kids love trains! They would have such a good time with this!

  105. I’ve never been on it but I would love to go with the kids. Currently it is just too far for me to drive by myself with them. Hopefully in a few years we can take a vacation on a weekend and do this. I love that it copies the book. 🙂

  106. How fun! That is something that I will never have second thoughts of doing. I have no doubt my boys would love to experience it too.

  107. Sounds like so much fun! I am planning on doing more fun things with my son once he is out!

  108. Oh that is so cool. I know my kiddos would love to do this. Thanks for sharing about this.

  109. I cannot get over how cool this must have been. We watch The Polar Express every single Christmas Eve. I didn’t know it is a REAL thing too!

  110. Sounds like an awesome place to visit with the entire family during the festive season. I never took my daughter on a train yet.

  111. I would love to ride the Polar Express someday with our kids! It looks like so much fun!

  112. This looks like such a fun time! I hope you guys had fun!

  113. Awwwww how fun! They do a Polar Express not to far from where I live. They did it the weekend we were out of town though :-/ maybe next year!

  114. We had something like this come through Kansas City and I missed out on it. Bumming now! My boy would absolutely love this.

  115. What a fun thing to do. I wish we had something like this near me, our son loves trains.

  116. This is so interesting, I’d love to go on a ride! I adored this movie also!

  117. This sounds like a fun place! I would love to take my kids sometime.

  118. I always want to do this with the boys!

  119. My daughter would have enjoyed riding the Polar Express. I wish we have that here in the Philippines.