Monticello Railway Museum

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The Polar Express™

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—plus a special gift for each passenger who believes.

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

The Polar Express™ is sold out for 2017. We're sorry. Strong demand for this popular event means that some of our valued guests will be disappointed that they didn't get tickets.

Tickets for the Monticello Chamber of Commerce's Lunch with Santa on the Train are still available:

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Train Times

Friday, November 17, 2017
5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm
Friday, November 24, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 25, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 26, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm
Friday, December 1, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm
Friday, December 8, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Classes of Tickets

Coach $35 Price is per rider, ages 2 and up. Only ticketed passengers will have seats reserved. Children under age 2 must ride on an adult's lap, or must have their own ticket.
Special Coach $50 Price is per rider, ages 2 and up. Only ticketed passengers will have seats reserved. Children under age 2 must ride on an adult's lap, or must have their own ticket.
NOTE: Coach and Special Coach tickets are seated in separate rail cars. For your entire group to be seated together, all your tickets must be the same ticket class.
Each Special Coach rider will receive their very own special Polar Express™ hot chocolate mug.
Deluxe $300
Price is per table of four, each of which includes tickets for up to four passengers of any age. Sorry; we do not sell partial tables.
Private Car $1000
Price is for the observation lounge in our private car, and includes tickets for up to 12 passengers of any age.

For more details about The Polar Express™, check out the frequently asked questions, or visit www.polarexpressride.com. 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 details, please refer to the Museum's full ticket policy.