Monticello Railway Museum

The Polar Express™

For 2016, Polar Express™ will be offered over weekends in November and December. Final dates are to be determined.

Tickets for The Polar Express™ 2016 go on sale at 8 AM Central Time on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Sorry, but we do not offer Polar Express tickets by phone or in person. Tickets are sold exclusively online.

NOTE: Tickets are expected to sell out very quickly; during the last three years, tickets to this event sold out in a matter of minutes.

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.