The Mount Hood Railroad is making the holidays a little more merry and bright on the Polar Express Train Ride through Dec. 28.
The magical story comes to life when the train departs Hood River for a one hour round-trip to the North Pole. Guests will be treated to a number of improvements including sparkling clean rail cars; new windows to provide better views; a larger, brighter Santa’s workshop set at the North Pole; enhanced decorations at the train depot; and comfortable, tented waiting areas prior to boarding.
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away. Once onboard, cheerful, dancing chefs serve passengers hot chocolate and cookies while they read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Hood River.
Exact dates, fares and excursion times are available by visiting https://www.mthoodrr.com/the-polar-express-train-ride/ or calling 800-872-4661. Ticket prices range from $31 to $71 depending on class of service and date of travel. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride.