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Polar Express near Louisville Kentucky

Polar Express near Louisville, KY

Last updated on August 18th, 2017 at 08:58 am

Please don’t be mad at me. I realize that your trash can is likely still overflowing with candy wrappers from the recent trick or treating antics. I know that mine is.

However, like it or not, we all know that as soon as the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, the Christmas festivities begin.

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, but there are plenty within a reasonable driving distance.

Polar Express, French Lick, Indiana

In French Lick, Indiana there is a Polar Express experience that runs November 3rd, 2017 through December 23rd, 2017. Tickets range from $32 for coach passengers and $55 for first 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 is only one day, happening this year on November 18th, 2017 near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tickets are $18 per person and departs several times during the day starting at 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 5:30pm.

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, Lebanon, Kentucky

In Lebanon, Kentucky,  the North Pole Express runs December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17 and 21, 22 with only one departure each day. 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.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for kids ages 2 – 12

Details on the event from the website:

1.5 hour train excursion while listening to the sounds of the season. Upon arriving at the North Pole we will pick up Santa; Santa will then board the train and travel with us on our way back to New Haven. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

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!


Polar Express Rides near Louisville KY



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