by Noella Noelophile®
Hurry! We don’t want to miss THE POLAR EXPRESS™!
OK, I know–summer is just barely over. BUT–three months from today is Christmas Eve!
AND, tickets for Sacramento’s Christmas-tradition vintage train go on sale next week. If I don’t let you know about this, I’m going to get some well-deserved coal in my stocking when Christmas chugs into view.
Several Christmas seasons ago, I had the opportunity to talk with gifted actor/director Jeffrey Weissman, who portrays “the Hobo” on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Here is his inside view of what you can expect.
Meanwhile, THE POLAR EXPRESS™, based on the animated Christmas movie of the same name, is a six-car train, pulled by one of two vintages engines from the California State Railroad Museum. This is a one-hour Christmastime interactive theatre experience, as passengers travel to the North Pole to see Santa.
Once onboard, guests read the story of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ as dancing waiters serve hot chocolate and cookies. Santa comes on board, towards the end of the ride, with a small Christmas gift for every passenger: a silver sleigh bell. Then, everyone sings Christmas carols as train arrives at its destination: the Old Sacramento station, where the jolly old elf will be available to visit with young riders at the nearby Eagle Theatre. Guests may purchase a commemorative photo from a professional photographer, onsite.
And…tickets for this particular Christmastime event tend to evaporate more quickly than the peppermint whipped cream in your hot chocolate.
If you’re a member of the California Railway Museum, you can buy your tickets next week–Tuesday, September 26th through Thursday, September 28th, to be exact.
Then, on Sunday, October 1 at 9 a.m., tickets to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ go on sale to the general public.
Jeffrey warns that these sell out in a matter of hours, so–even though I feel like I’m seriously rushing the season–plan on circling these dates on your calendar. You don’t want to be left at the station.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride runs Friday through Sunday, November 24th through 26th, and Wednesdays through Sundays, November 29th through December 21st. Departure times are 3:30, 5:00, 6:30 and 8:00 pm from California State Railroad Museum’s Central Pacific Passenger Station. The website warns that tickets will be sold online only.