Polar Express Train Returning to Union Station for the Holidays

Union Station Holiday Festivities to Include Polar Express Train Rides

St. Louis, MO/July 25, 2017 (STL.News) – St. Louis Union Station will once again be a family destination this holiday season. With Christmas exactly six-months away, Union Station officials have announced a series of special holiday events centered on the return of The Polar Express™ Train Ride to St. Louis. The last time it was here was in 2015. The 2017 celebration will include holiday fire and light shows on the train shed lake, a series of holiday dinners in the station’s Grand Hall, and rides on The Polar Express train. It all begins on November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving, and runs through December 30th.

The Polar Express is the story of a boy’s magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole and his meeting with Santa. The Polar Express train ride will take passengers on a round-trip journey from Union Station to the “North Pole.” Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic as they read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served onboard. Santa and his helpers will board the train at the North Pole and each child will be given a keepsake silver sleigh bell. Passengers will be led in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to St. Louis Union Station.

Both coach and first-class tickets are available for The Polar Express. First-class ticket holders will be seated at four-top tables and receive a commemorative mug, as well as a free picture with Santa. Hotel packages that include train tickets and a stay at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel went on sale July 25th. Train ride-only tickets will go on sale August 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. All tickets and packages can be purchased online at

In conjunction with The Polar Express train, Union Station also will host a series of magical holiday dinners in the beautiful Grand Hall of the historic train station. The buffet-style dinners will include separate adult and children’s selections as well as an elaborate holiday dessert selection. Dinner tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under. Kids two and under are free. Diners can enjoy a special 3-D light show projected on the ceiling of the Grand Hall, plus visits from Santa’s elves and other festive, holiday characters. Reservations may be purchased online at

Another holiday event returning to Union Station this year is the holiday fire and light show in the train shed lake. Just like last year, the multi-million-dollar fire, water, and light music show features a 100-foot long waterfall with 50 nozzles that spray water 40-feet down into the lake, and fire will shoot 25-feet into the air. The dancing lights, water and fire are set to holiday music. Shows run daily at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

There will be no indoor holiday events at Union Station Hotel this year because of construction of the $45 million St. Louis Aquarium which gets underway this fall. The 65,000-square-foot aquarium is expected to open in Summer 2019.

Parking for all events is available in the Union Station lot at 18th and Clark. Polar Express ticket holders can park for just $5. Union Station is also accessible by MetroLink, with a stop just outside the train shed.


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