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A Regional Holiday Tradition

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

All Aboard for a round trip to the North P ole!


Tickets are now on sale. New – Ride First Class!

Website sales close 24 hours prior to departure. Any remaining tickets will be sold the day of at the station tent on a first come, first serve basis.

We are experiencing a high volume of calls and emails – correspondence will be returned within 24 hours by social media and email, and 48 hours by telephone. Your patience and business is appreciated.

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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, and are round trip from your originating station. You will not get off the train at the North Pole – simply enjoy the display!

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. 2017 trains depart from Kokomo or Logansport, depending upon the day of operation. Trains will not be offered from Fishers or Noblesville.

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. Be sure to verify locations.

P  ricing & Tickets $35 – Reservations Required

Trains will sell out. Don’t miss out! Website sales close 24 hours prior to departure – any remaining tickets will be sold at the station the day of departure on a first come, first serve basis.

Tickets will be available for pickup at will call 30 minutes prior to departure – they are not mailed.

You will receive a confirmation email after purchase. Be sure to verify the correct address and zip code for your credit card at checkout. If you do not receive a confirmation, you may have entered the wrong email or your card was declined.

Parties within one purchase will be seated together. If you purchase through a separate transaction, and would like to be seated with another party, please indicate so in the comment box at checkout.

*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.*

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New! Ride to the North P ole in First Class

Enjoy all the benefits of traditional service along with premium amenities in a historic, art deco observation car, Pontchartrain Club, built by Pullman for the Illinois Central Railroad. Ride in plush chairs as you travel to the North Pole with first class service like that of the railroad’s heyday. Contact for information regarding the reservation of first class for private events as well as holiday office parties. Group discount rates do not apply for first class.

First class includes all the benefits of traditional service as well as:

  • Extended time with Santa
  • An official Polar Bear Express (sm) ornament for each child
  • Premium desserts from Vanilla Bean Bakery of Kokomo
  • Plush armchairs and seating
  • Ride in a historic, art deco observation car decorated for the season
  • Panoramic view with large windows

P ricing & Tickets $60 – Reservations Required

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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.
  • Be sure to verify your departure location for your ticket purchase on your confirmation email.
  • Please arrive early to claim your tickets at will call and use the port-a-lets at the station.
  • There are no 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.

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