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The Polar Express™

October 31, 2015 announcement

The Polar Express™ 2015 is now completely sold out. There will not be any additional ticket offerings for the 2015 event.

If you weren't able to purchase tickets for 2015, we're sorry. This event continues to be popular, and demand for tickets far exceeds the capacity we are able to offer.

Mark your calendars for The Polar Express™ 2016, which will go on sale on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8 a.m. Central Time.

Polar Express™ is sold out for 2015. In spite of the addition of several extra trains with several thousand seats, strong demand for this popular event means that some of our valued guests will be disappointed that they didn't get tickets.

For 2015, Polar Express™ will be offered over four weekends in late November and early December. We are pleased to offer for the first time our Deluxe Class of service for this popular holiday event.

Train Times

Friday, November 13, 2015
4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Friday, November 27, 2015 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 28, 2015 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 29, 2015 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4, 2015 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Classes of Tickets

Deluxe $240
Price is for table of four, and includes train ride for up to four passengers of any age. Sorry; we do not sell partial tables.
Coach $35 Price is per rider, ages 2 and up. Only ticketed passengers will have seats reserved. Children under age 2 must ride on a adult's lap, or must have their own ticket.

Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child.

The train ride is approximately an hour in length. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas!

For more details about The Polar Express™, check out the frequently asked questions, or visit If you have further questions about The Polar Express™, please email us.

The Illinois Ticket Sale and Resale Act prohibits resale of tickets to our events at a price greater than the face value set by the Museum. Violation is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and one year in jail for each ticket sold in violation of the law.
The Museum reserves the right to revoke all tickets purchased by a reseller, and such tickets will not be honored by the Museum. Furthermore, the Museum will refer any illegal resale of tickets for Museum events to the States Attorney and Attorney General for criminal prosecution.
For further detail, please refer to the Museum's full ticket policy.