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There’s a real life Polar Express, and it’s going through the Grand Canyon

The Polar Express car will have its 20th season this year, with social distancing and face masks.

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The Polar Express car will have its 20th season this year, with social distancing and face masks.

The Polar Express car will have its 20th season this year, with social distancing and face masks.

Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel

There’s a real-life Polar Express train, which runs through the Southwestern United States. And this year, it’ll run on the Grand Canyon railway during the holiday season.

What’s going on?

  • The Polar Express will run from Nov. 6 to Jan. 3.
  • It’ll leave its depot in Williams, Arizona, to travel to the North Pole (which is outside of Williams apparently).
  • The 90-minute train ride “delights both the young and the young at heart, where the pages from Chris Van Allsburg’s classic children’s book come to life,” according to a release from Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, which runs the service.
  • Guests receive hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies.
  • Santa will make an appearance on the train, too.

More details:

There’s also a private experience where you can charter your own train for the experience.

  • The conductor will read “The Polar Express” book to children on this ride.
  • A private chef will bring cookies and cocoa to people.
  • Each child will receive a “Polar Express” bell, too.

The Pandemic express

Social distancing will be required on the train during the experience. People will also need to wear masks when they’re on board.

Costs:

Sunday through Thursday:

  • $47 (adults)
  • $33 (children)

Friday and Saturday

  • $59 (adults)
  • $47 (children)

The Christmas Eve Limited:

  • $85 (adults)
  • $59 (children).