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A Regional Holiday Tradition

Celebrating 22 years of bringing holiday joy to people of all ages

All Aboard for the North P ole!


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Your Trip to the North P ole


Experience a historic passenger train straight out of the history books as it thunders into the station for a grand entrance. As soon as the train stops, the Conductor calls “All Aboard!” for your boarding of the Polar Bear Express (sm). The train is decorated for the holiday season, and Santa as well as his helpers are filled with excitement.

The magic begins at the boarding site for your adventure where you will pick up tickets at will-call and visit the Museum Store, which will also be open for gifts and stocking stuffers. Your journey to the North Pole awaits!

Upon departure, your party will travel through the Indiana countryside to the North Pole, the home of Santa Claus. The North Pole features a holiday scene as Santa and his helpers eagerly prepare for the holidays. The North Pole will be seen from the warm comfort of the passenger cars. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be onboard the train, and will lead an interactive experience along with Snowflake the Polar Bear.

The train ride lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

Passengers will receive hot chocolate, a cookie, and a candy cane; children will receive a small gift from Santa. A holiday themed story will also be read as part of the magical experience.

Decked_Out_FamilyTickets for Polar Bear Express (sm) are sold online. Reservations are required as trains will sell out. Any remaining tickets will be sold first come, first served, although highly unlikely. If this occurs, tickets will be available 30 minutes before each departure.

Directions and Locations – View Map for Kokomo

All Polar Bear Express trips, except for select dates, begin in Kokomo, Indiana* at the Allied Tube and Conduit parking lot – 1000 N. Main St. Kokomo, IN – near the intersection of N. Main St. and E. Broadway St.

View Map for Logansport

*All trains on Friday, Nov. 24, Thursday, Dec. 14 and Thurs., Dec. 21 only will depart from Logansport, IN at the Anoka United Methodist Church south of Logansport along US Highway 35 – . All other excursions will depart from Kokomo.

The Polar Bear Express does not board  at the museum site in Noblesville, Indiana at Forest Park nor Fishers, Indiana. All passengers board at Kokomo, Indiana or Logansport, Indiana*

Write a Letter to Santa

Write Santa Claus a letter to hand to him yourself during your journey! Have the children in your party tell him how good they’ve been this year as well as what they’re wishing to receive. Since Santa is so busy this time of year, he won’t be able to reply to the letters, but will make sure each one is read.  This is your chance to remind the elves, Mrs. Claus and Santa himself  of all the items they need to know before the holidays.

Print the official  2017 Polar Bear Express Santa Letter

Schedule – Nov. 24 through Dec. 23

Scroll the calendar between November and December to view all available departures.

All trains on Friday, Nov. 24, Thursday, Dec. 14 and Thurs., Dec. 21 only will depart from Logansport, IN. All other dates will depart from Kokomo, IN.

P  ricing & Tickets – Reservations Required

Trains will sell out. Don’t miss out!

*Passengers under 2 are free if held in one’s lap. If they or their car seat will require a seat, a child ticket must be purchased.

*Groups of 20 or more will receive a discounted rate of $32 ea., or $3 off per ticket. This is a perfect opportunity for your neighborhood association, business, or church group to enjoy the Polar Bear Express (sm).

$35 ea. per passenger ages 2 and up.*

Your ticket purchase helps sustain the operation of the Indiana Transportation Museum, an independent, private-sector, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit institution.

Additional Information – Important

  • Claus_And_KidsLocomotives and passenger cars for Polar Bear Express (sm) 2017 will be different than past years. Marketing photographs are from past years, and do not depict the actual train that will be used. The experience, however, will remain the same.
  • Please arrive early to claim your tickets at will call and use the restrooms at the station.
  • There are limited restrooms on the train.
  • Dress for cold weather. Children and adults should wear coats and shoes suitable for outdoors.
  • Tickets are non – transferable.
  • Tickets are non – refundable unless the given train does not operate.
  • Trains run rain, snow, or shine, given that inclement weather does not prevent the train from operating. If weather is inclement, check our website and social media for updates.
  • Since the passenger cars are historic with narrow doorways, they are not handicap accessible. If the guest can be assisted up the steps and onto the train, staff will stow wheelchairs in a safe location and make any accommodation possible to assist.
  • Guests with Food Allergies – All food items have the potential to have come in contact with ingredients that may be an allergen to you or your child. Please, if you or a member of your party have a food allergy, do not accept any of the refreshments.