November 7 – January 4
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City, NC
A favorite area holiday tradition for people all ages is the Polar Express Train excursion at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The popular book by Chris Van Allsburg is a story of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The 1.25-hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the “North Pole” to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express, greeting each child and presenting a silver sleigh bell to each, just as in the story. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. They do not run on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. In December, the train will run on from the 3rd-7th, 10th-24th, and the 26th-29th. Smoky Mountain Trains Museum admission is included with all train excursion tickets.
Admission: $40+ adults, $26+ children, free for children under 2