‘Tis Nearly the Season for Polar Express Rides

OK, so it’s not even Halloween yet and here we are talking about Christmas. But when it comes to train rides on The Polar Express, it’s not too early to start planning, these things fill up quickly.

In Rhode Island, that’s the popular train ride sponsored by Blackstone Valley Tourism Council USA, a 90-minute excursion inspired by the classic Christmas book, “The Polar Express,” published in 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg – Providence resident and Rhode Island School of Design grad.

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The rides start Nov. 18, departing from the train station at 1 Depot Square in Woonsocket, with opportunities for photos with Santa and his helpers, and train conductors, all on board the aptly named cars Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Cupid and of course, Rudolph.

Prices vary by car and date, starting at $44 for adults, $42 for kids. For info, visit www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com

In nearby Massachusetts, the Cape Cod Central Railroad starts The Polar Express from Buzzards Bay for the first time in four years, starting on Nov. 18 as well, as the only official Polar Express train in that state. New this year, the ride features a full-length dome car for panoramic scenic views of the Cape Cod landscape on the way to and from Santa’s North Pole.

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Exact dates and times, with fare, are found at www.capetrain.com/polar-express-train-ride, with prices ranging from $29-$79 depending on class of service and date.

All aboard. It’s almost time.

Main photo, The Polar Express in Rhode Island, second photo The Polar Express in Massachusetts

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