Tickets going fast for Polar Express Holiday Train on V&T Railroad
Weeks away, the 2012 Polar Express train is on the fast track Carson City countdown, with 80 percent of the coach class and nearly 99 percent of the VIP Parlor Car tickets sold. This time last year, 39 percent of tickets had been purchased.
Tickets are still available for the 8 p.m. departure on Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 7, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Tickets should be purchased in advance to ensure smiling kids! Tickets for this year's series of holiday train rides aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad in Carson City are expected to sell out soon. Last year's 7,500 Polar Express tickets sold out before the inaugural ride.
The all-ages train ride takes passengers through the frosty Northern Nevada landscape on 15 different dates, Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. The Polar Express is based on the holiday feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures and the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
Set to the motion picture soundtrack, pajama-clad children can relive the magic of the story as this 100-year-old train whisks families away for an unforgettable ride to the North Pole. During the journey, the Conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, followed by a reading of Van Allsburg’s classic. At the North Pole, Santa will step aboard and greet the children.
The diesel engine train features seating for 210 passengers. The decorated coach section also features the ambiance of nostalgic wood-burning stoves. All tickets include a keepsake silver bell, hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment, a reading of the story, a visit from Santa and family memories.
VIP tickets in the 30-seat Parlor Car features additional entertainment events, preferred parking at the depot, additional time with Santa Claus, a special holiday treat and souvenir ceramic Polar Express cocoa mug. Passengers who upgrade to the Parlor Car will have additional room as seats face windows instead of straight ahead. This also allows for elaborate decorations and more time for songs, dancing and games during the trip.
The Polar Express departs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23. Times are subject to change. It’s recommended that passengers arrive 30 minutes before departure. Heated tents, photos with Santa Claus and Polar Express holiday merchandise will be available at the depot.
Tickets are free for children under 2; $25 for kids 2-12, and $34 for 13 and older. VIP Parlor Car tickets are $59 for ages 2-12 and $68 for 13 and older.
Tickets are available through the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. (http://www.VisitCarsonCity.com) Seating is limited. Last year's event, with 7,500 tickets available, sold out two weeks before the holiday train tour began. To book tickets in advance call (775) 687-7410 or online. To book Coach and VIP Parlor Car rides go to http://vttrain.activitytickets.com/.
For more information on the travel deals, dining, lodging, activity information and further details on the V&T train, visit www.VisitCarsonCity.com or call 800-Nevada-1.