Updated for 2019
In recent years there has been a large increase it popularity when it comes to the Polar Express. So much so that local train companies in the Louisville area have added Polar Express train rides to their holiday line up.
Which is why I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about some of the Polar Express options near Louisville, Kentucky.
There aren’t any in Louisville city limits, but there are plenty within a reasonable driving distance.
Here’s the most important thing that you need to know about the Polar Express trains in Louisville.
They sell out quickly. As in the sell out before Halloween quickly. So if you want to have that experience, I would book as soon as you possibly can.
Polar Express, French Lick, Indiana – Many rides are sold out for 2019
In French Lick, Indiana there is a Polar Express experience that runs November 8th, 201 through December 23rd, 2019. Tickets range from $35 for coach passengers, $60 for first class passengers and $70 for dome class passengers.
Here is what passengers can expect while riding the polar express in French Lick:
The Polar Express is read aloud and enhanced with song and dance by our crew, with a special Cookie & Hot Chocolate presentation, just like in the movie!
When the train pulls into the North Pole, we pick up Santa Claus himself and he presents each child with their own “first gift of the season”, a shiny silver sleigh bell. You will also be entertained by Santa’s elves with interactive songs and dance that everyone can participate in.
Kindervelt’s North Pole Express
This event has expanded to encompass many more dates than they had in the past.
- November 2019: 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
- December 2019: 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 28
- Weekdays: 6:00p & 8:00p
- Saturdays: 12:00p, 2:00p, 4:00p, 6:00p, & 8:00p
- Sundays: 12:00p, 2:00p, 4:00p, & 6:00p
- December 24: 4:00p & 6:00p
- December 28: 2:00p, 4:00p, 6:00p, & 8:00pTicket Prices:
- COACH CLASS
- Adults: $26
- Children (2-16) & Seniors (62+): $22
- DELUXE CLASS
- Adults: $39
- Children (2-16) & Seniors (62+): $35
- ALL DEPARTURES
- Infants (1 yr. & under): $5
We took our oldest on this particular train when he was about 3 years old. The scenery isn’t particularly beautiful, but it would be pretty magical with a fresh layer of snow. Santa and Mrs. Clause made their rounds on the train ride and of course, Polar Express was read during the journey.
North Pole Express, Bardstown, Kentucky
In Bardstown, Kentucky, the North Pole Express runs November 16th, 17th and 23rd, 24th (11 am and 4:30 pm)December 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, and 28th(11 am and 4:30 pm) Passengers will enjoy a 3-course meal and hot chocolate of course!
This event often sells out before Thanksgiving so if you think that this is an event that you and your family would enjoy, I would encourage you to purchase tickets as soon as you can.
Lunch: Adult: $69.95, Children (5 – 12): $44.95
Dinner: Adult: $84.95, Children (5-12): $54.95
Details on the event from the website:
1.5 hour train excursion while listening to the sounds of the season. A Three Course Meal will be served, along with hot chocolate.
Christmas Trains, New Haven Kentucky
There is no shortage of Christmas cheer in New Haven Kentucky! With 2 offerings of Christmas train rides, your family is sure to make lasting memories.
The Santa Express:
is a 1.5 hour train ride, with the opportunity for children to meet Santa while they enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Get cozy in your pjs on this trip!
This event will take place December 2019: 1, 7, 8, 14,15, 21, 22
Departure times are 2pm or 5pm for each of the dates listed.
The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for children. Kids under 2 are free!
North Pole Express:
Also an 1.5 hour trip, you will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will be picked up on the way back to the station. Once you’ve returned, there is the chance to chat and have your photo taken with the jolly old man!
This event will take place
December 2019: 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Departure times: 7pm on Friday nights and 8pm on Saturday nights for the dates listed.
The cost is $25 for Adults and $20 for children. Kids under 2 are free!
Polar Express and Hot Chocolate at Home
If you are unable to get tickets to one of these events, you can always do the next best thing and have homemade hot chocolate and read the book together as a family. If you don’t have a copy, you can get one here from Amazon: Polar Express 30th anniversary edition
Hot Chocolate Recipe:
4 Cups Whole Milk
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
4 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
LOTS of marshmallows.
In a medium saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until scalding but not quite boiling, stirring frequently. Stir in sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract until combined.
Pour into mugs and top with lots of marshmallows!