This year, my parents took our family to French Lick where our girls got to ride the famous French Lick Polar Express to the North Pole. They loved dancing and singing with the elves, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies, and (of course) riding a real train. It was a festive way to kick off our holiday season!
All Aboard: Where to Ride a Holiday Train
The French Lick Polar Express has been known to sell out an entire YEAR in advance. (It’s been called one of the top five most magical Polar Express rides in the country, so it’s not surprising that it’s popular.) If you can’t snag French Lick Polar Express tickets for this year, here’s a list of other Polar Express train ride locations (and other holiday trains) for you to consider.
Head to Indy for a ride on the Sullivan Express Santa Train from November 27-December 30. 86 miles from Terre Haute in Indianapolis. Narrated ride through bear country, visit Santa and his workshop, and more!
We also find it fun to travel by train during the holiday season. The kids can wander around the train cars and the parents don’t have to worry about driving in sketchy road conditions. Win-win! You can read all about how our family travels by train to Chicago HERE. A holiday train ride is a great tradition for families with young kids, since most kids adore trains. And for those of us in Terre Haute, an amazing train ride could almost make up for all of the times we’re railroaded around town. Oh, who am I kidding? Nothing could make up for that! At the very least, a holiday train ride reminds parents that trains aren’t completely bad.
In 2019, The Chicago Transit Authority’s holiday train will soon roll into service. The six-car train decorated with holiday scenes, lights and LED displays will begin service Friday, Nov. 29 on all CTA lines. Santa and his reindeer will ride along and greet children and their families.