”The Polar Express” at Union Station will return to St. Louis for the holiday season.

The family event has been recreated as “The Polar Express Train Ride” for 2021.

The event runs Nov. 19 to Dec. 30. Timed tickets will be available from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Mondays through Thursdays, the tickets are available from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35 to $50 Mondays through Thursdays, and $45 to $60 Fridays through Sundays.

Following the classic tale of a boy’s search for the real meaning of Christmas, guests will see decorated trains under the Union Station train shed for a walk-through experience.

The journey begins at the St. Louis Union Train Park by meeting the conductor. Set to the soundtrack of the movie, the experience transports passengers on a journey to the North Pole.

Families are encouraged to wear holiday pajamas.

Once on board, hot chocolate and cookies are served. Santa then boards the train at the Norh Pole.

“Guests can come to Union Station and have a complete Christmas experience,” said Cameron Schoeffel, director of entertainment sales and marketing for St. Louis Union Station.

Combined tickets can be purchased to ride the St. Louis Wheel.

The 200-foot observation wheel will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and noon to 5 p.m Nov. 25 and Dec. 25, for views of the downtown holiday lights.

Additional activities at Union Station include the St. Louis Aquarium, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and special holiday hours.

The St. Louis Carousel, an 18-hole mini-golf course at the Wheel Plaza, and the St. Louis Ropes Course and A-Maze-Ing Discoveries Mirror Maze inside Union Station are also open during the event.

The Winter Market, which offers a holiday shopping experience inside the event space, will have carnival games and strolling entertainers.

  • Community Reporter, Fall 2020 Studying Magazine Journalism. Reach me at drewhofbauer@mail.missouri.edu or in the Newsroom at 573/882-5700

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