Parents and children have the opportunity to create a special holiday memory when they take a magical journey to the "North Pole" on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Polar Express two hour train excursion being offered from November 18 - December 20. Get your tickets before they sell out.
CVSR's Polar Express As elves read the book "The Polar Express" to the passengers, your personal chef in each train car will be serving hot chocolate and a cookie to each person aboard. Along the journey, the man himself, Santa Claus, will be visiting each car and meeting and greeting all the passengers. The elves will be leading everyone in Christmas carols while Santa makes his rounds.
Children and adults are encouraged to wear pajamas for the trip. All train cars are heated. Passengers will not be departing the train until the end of the journey. All activities take place on the train.
Departure stations for the Polar Express are the Rockside Station in Independence and the Akron Northside Station, obviously in Akron. Excursions are 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Boarding begins at 6 p.m. with the train leaving promptly at 7 p.m. There will also be two special daytime Polar Express excursions on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.
It is highly recommended that you arrive early as there are no reserved seats. All seats are on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets for the standard coach seat are $43 per person (ages 2 and up). Children 2 and under are free and can be held on someone's lap. Upgrades are available. With a Standard PLUS seat you also receive a 2013 Polar Express commemorative mug. Cost is $58 per person.
Cost for Deluxe Class tickets will get you a seat with a table and you will also receive the mug. Cost is $63 per person. And if you want to take the journey in style you can purchase a Luxury Seat with first-class comfort for $77 per person.
Additional food will be available for purchase on the train. Souvenirs will also be for sale.
For more information about the Polar Express train excursions or about the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad or to make reservations call 800-468-4070 or get online at www.cvsr.com. It is not too early to order tickets. This event sells out quickly.
The Rockside Station is located at 7900 Old Rockside Rd. in Independence, Ohio. The Akron Northside Station is located at 27 Ridge St. in Akron, Ohio.