When the conductor shouts “All Aboard!” this holiday season, you’ll want to make sure you’ve boarded the train with a golden ticket in hand!  

The Oklahoma Railway Museum will once again be the host of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride here in Oklahoma City, offering showtimes from November 12 through December 27. The thrilling two-hour experience brings the magic of Christmas to all ages, offering families from across Oklahoma a holiday memory unlike any other.  

The season’s parties and events typically call for fancy dresses, suits and ties, but for those who prefer cozy sweats and jammies past the five o’clock hour, fear not! Just like the holiday storybook, all passengers are invited to show up wearing their favorite (or most festive) warm pajamas. As we all know, Oklahoma’s winter months can be unpredictable, so the museum encourages weather-appropriate footwear and jackets to keep visitors comfortable during the boarding process. 

Soon after everyone finds their car and ticketed seat, each passenger receives a warm cup of rich hot chocolate and one of Christmas’s most classic treats: Walker’s Shortbread. As if the sweets alone aren’t enough to spark joy, their delivery by dancing chefs ensures the cars are full of smiling faces from the first moment. 

On the trip to-and-from the station, professional performers engage passengers in caroling and fun holiday activities. The Polar Express storybook by Chris Van Allsburg is read aloud, and mid-way through the ride, Santa Claus arrives to present all passengers with the first gift of Christmas. Before St. Nick slips away to continue prepping for the big day, he wanders through each cabin to greet families and friends. 

If you’re ready to book your seats, you can make the reservation online here. Booking is expected to sell out, so don’t delay! 

You may be interested to know, the Oklahoma Railway Museum offers free admission to their displays year-round. In the spirited season of giving, it’s appropriate to note that donations are welcome and appreciated to support the museum’s work. Located in the Adventure District just a mile south of the Oklahoma City Zoo, the museum is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Find more ways to celebrate the holidays with our full round up of events and happenings around the city.