|Children are amazed by the Polar Express,|
with the story, Santa & lights.
Grand Canyon Railway is now accepting reservations for its popular Polar Express - with more times available to ride this year!
Grand Canyon Railway will offer runs this year between Nov. 9, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013 with matinees on Nov. 23 and 24 and Dec. 1, 8, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2012. For those dates with two runs, departures are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Matinees depart at 3:30 p.m.
New for the 2012-13 holiday season, a character from the book – “the Hobo” – will be available at the Railway’s Williams Depot for photos with passengers. The Railway has also increased the number of Christmas lights – many of them energy-saving LED lights – at both the depot and at the “North Pole," a Christmas light village.
Grand Canyon Railway recommends booking early for the best selection.
Closely following The Polar Express book by Chris Van Allsburg, this nighttime trip from the Grand Canyon Railway depot in Williams travels through the starlit wilderness to the North Pole and features a special reading of The Polar Express while passengers enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. The North Pole was extensively renovated recently with enhanced lighting and the addition of features such as storefronts, mailboxes and other structures to give the village a more permanent and three-dimensional look and feel. Upon arrival at the North Pole, passengers are welcomed by Santa Claus and Elf Bernard before Santa boards the Polar Express for the return trip to Williams. Santa makes his way through the passenger cars, greeting every child and presenting each one with a special gift – a jingle bell signifying their belief in Santa Claus. The round-trip journey is a little more than an hour in length.
Most evenings the Grand Canyon Railway offers two trains. The “Christmas Eve Limited,” departing at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., includes special gifts from Santa that are not included during other excursions.
Individual tickets for the train rides other than the Christmas Eve Limited are $32 for adults and $20 for children ages two to 15. Rates for the special Christmas Eve Limited are $64 for adults and $40 for children ages two to 15. Matinee rates are $27 for adults and $15 for children ages two to 15.
The Grand Canyon Railway also offers a Polar Express Package including the roundtrip train excursion, a one-night stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and breakfast and dinner at the Grand Depot Café. The package price for two adults and two children starts at $350 and does not include taxes. Polar Express passengers also receive 50 percent discount on a future train trip to the Grand Canyon through the end of February 2013.