The Polar Express returns to Branson for 2023 season

Inspired by the 1985 classic holiday story, The Polar Express train ride experience returns to Branson this season beginning Fri., Nov. 3, 2023.

The Polar Express story follows a doubting boy who boards a magical train on Christmas Eve, eventually taking him to the North Pole where he receives a special gift from Santa, reminding us all to believe in the magic of the season.

Train rides depart from the historic 1906 depot in downtown Branson, also known as the Branson Scenic Railway. While on the ride, passengers are entertained by a reading of the classic holiday story while enjoying sounds and carols from the motion picture soundtrack.

All passengers receive complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, and premium ticket holders enjoy unlimited refills in a custom souvenir ceramic mug.

Like the characters in the story, families are encouraged to wear pajamas for the ride.

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View the full operating schedule and purchase tickets online at or by calling 417-334-6110. Be sure to purchase Polar Express (PEX) tickets, and not accidentally the regular train option.

Ticket for the Polar Express in Branson start at $38.50 for children (ages 2-12) and $49 for adults. First Class tickets run $55 for children and $65 for adults, with premium dome seating priced at $65 for children and $75 for adults.

COUPON: For Polar Express excursions from Nov. 3 – Nov. 16, 2023, save 15% with coupon code “polar15” when purchasing online.

Seating is limited and rides sell out well in advance so purchase tickets as soon as possible. Some dates are already sold out.

If you are looking for a hotel nearby, the Hilton Branson Convention Center or Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing are both steps away from the train depot.

In addition to Branson, The Polar Express train ride is produced in nearly 60 other locations across the U.S by Rail Events, Inc.

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