901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride 2019

Everything you need to know for event day!

Event Dates:

November 15 (Dress Rehearsal Performance)

Showtimes: 12:45pm & 2pm

November 16-17, 23-24, 29-30, and December 1
Showtimes: 8:45am, 10am, 11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:00pm, & 3:15pm

*Note: Advanced purchase required. Ticket-holders should arrive 45 minutes prior to showtime displayed on ticket.
The B&O Railroad Museum is closed to the public during and in preparation for The Polar Express event on the following dates: November 12–17, 23–24, 29–30, and December 1.


Provided below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive about THE POLAR EXPRESS™. If your question is not listed below or you require a more detailed answer, please don't hesitate to contact EBlinzley@borail.org.

Q. I have a question about the tickets I purchased.

A. Please call Ticketweb directly at 1-866-468-7630

Q. What if all the show times to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ are SOLD OUT?

A. We always recommend purchasing tickets as early as possible, given that they are limited and sold on a first come first serve basis. Due to their limited nature, tickets do tend to sell out. If your preferred ticket option happens to be sold out, make sure to confirm whether alternative options that may work for you are still available.

Q. I have THE POLAR EXPRESS™ tickets. What do I do now?

A. Please plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to the showtime displayed on your ticket. You’ll be asked to present your ticket upon arrival to the B&O Railroad Museum and once again on the train boarding platform. From there on out, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic of The Polar Express!

Q. Where do I park? Is there Handicap Parking?

A. The B&O Railroad Museum is pleased to offer a free, secure parking area for our guests. Please enter the lot located at 1100 James St., Baltimore, MD. In the event that this lot is full, you will be redirected to our main parking lot located at 901 W. Pratt St. Please refrain from dropping off members of your party — it is best to park and enter the museum with together with your entire group. The B&O Railroad Museum is ADA compliant and has ample handicap parking spaces available.
More information on directions and parking.

Q. I'm coming to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride 2019 with a group. How can I make sure we'll all be seated together?

A. If you wish for your entire party to be seated together, just gather your group on the platform prior to boarding and make sure to all board at the same time. To avoid any snags, each individual member of your party should have their ticket handy on the boarding platform. While all seats are assigned and we do our best, there is no guarantee that your party will be seated together.

Q. What should I do if I arrive late, miss my showtime, and/or miss my train ride?
A. Unfortunately, due to the fact that show times tend to sell out completely, staff will not be able to guarantee you an alternate train ride should you arrive late and miss yours. Please make sure to arrive 45 minutes prior to the showtime displayed on your ticket.

Q. I am a B&O Member. Can I visit the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore during THE POLAR EXPRESS™ event?

A. For set-up and during the event itself, the B&O Railroad Museum is closed to the public on the following dates: November 12-17, 23-24, 28-30, and December 1. All exhibits will be closed and your B&O Membership will not allow you free entry on these dates. But don’t worry — if you can’t make it to The Polar Express this year, stop by throughout the month of December for Magical Holiday Express!

Q. This is our first POLAR EXPRESS™ adventure. What should we expect?

A. This magical holiday experience brings to life beloved characters and scenes from Chris Van Allsburg’s original book. On-board The Polar Express, you’ll enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as you listen to The Polar Express story, and receive from Santa himself the first gift of Christmas — a silver sleigh bell! When you finally arrive at The North Pole, you’ll be met with immersive festivities including model train layouts and joyful activities for the whole family.

Q. Why should children dress in their pajamas?

A. In the story, children are awakened from their beds and invited, still in their pajamas, on a ride to The North Pole aboard The Polar Express. To capture the magic of this timeless tale and help bring the story to life, we encourage parents and children to dress in their pajamas too. However, the Baltimore weather can be notoriously unpredictable, so be sure to bring appropriate cold-weather attire as well!


Q. If I haven’t read the book or seen the movie will I still have a good time?

A. Of course! The characters themselves will read the book aloud as you travel aboard The Polar Express, but whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to this classic Christmas tale, the magic of The Polar Express is sure to make kids of all ages BELIEVE!  


Q. Where can I buy a copy of the movie or story book in advance?

A. Beginning November 1, copies of both the book and movie will be available to order in our online store or by phone at 410-752-2462 x 213. If you’re looking for a precious Christmas keepsake to pass on for years to come, copies of the book which have been specially-autographed by Santa will be available on-site during the event, along with an assortment of other THE POLAR EXPRESS™ merchandise.


Q. How long is the train ride?

A. The entire Polar Express experience lasts about 2.5 hours, including the train ride to your final destination: The North Pole! The theatrical production is performed in three stages: in the building where you arrive, on the train ride, and at The North Pole!


Q. Will I get to meet the conductor of the train?

 A. Of course! The conductor’s call of “all aboard!” signals that it is time to board the train, where he will personally punch each of your tickets —just like in the book and movie! But he won’t be alone; the train car will be filled with many of the most beloved characters from THE POLAR EXPRESS™


Q. Will my child get to meet Santa personally?

A. Santa makes a point to greet every child individually, and takes great pleasure in delivering to each the guest the first gift of Christmas: a silver sleigh bell that will always remind us to BELIEVE!

Q. Will there be other things to do at the train station?

A. Yes! When you arrive, you’ll be immediately immersed in the wintery world of THE POLAR EXPRESS™. When your train finally arrives at The North Pole, you’ll be met with elaborate model train displays and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Q. I have more questions, who do I call?

A. Call the B&O Railroad Museum at 410-752-2490.


Additional Information

Food Concessions / Food Allergies

The B&O Railroad Museum will offer food concessions at Trax Side Snax located on the Museum’s campus. While members of your party with food allergies are certainly allowed to bring their own cookies and/or cup of hot chocolate, please note that picnicking is not permitted for this event. Please see ingredients lists for the cookies and hot chocolate provided on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ below:

Cocoa - Uporia Gourmet Hot Chocolate. Sugar, whey, non-dairy creamer [corn syrup solids, coconut oil, dipotassium phosphate, sodium caseinate (a milk derivative), titanium dioxide, silicon dioxide (flow agent), mono & diglycerides, turmeric and annatto extracts, and artificial flavor], natural and alkalized cocoa powerder, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), cellulose gum, artificial flavors.

Cookies - David’s Cookies brand. Enriched wheat flour (wheat, barley, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, vegetable oil blend (palm fruit, soybean and olive oils, water, salt, non-fat milk, mono and diglycerides, soy lecithin, potassium sorbate as a preservative, natural and artificial flavor, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene color), butter, eggs, invert sugar, soy flour, salt, natural & artificial butter flavor, natural vanilla flavor, baking soda. CONTAINS: EGG, MILK, SOY, WHEAT


Strollers are not recommended for this event, however should you choose to bring one, the B&O Railroad Museum has a designated area for you to park your stroller upon entrance. For safety purposes, please note that strollers are NOT PERMITTED on the train platform or the train itself.


Guests are more than welcome to take as many of their own photos as they please! Professional photos will also be available at The North Pole to capture the joy of your THE POLAR EXPRESS™ journey. 5x7 prints will be available at a cost of $10 for the first print and $5 for any additional prints. Digital images by email will also be available for anyone who wishes to make their own prints or holiday cards. For more information contact Joe Ellis Photography.


Please visit www.baltimore.org for a full list of hotels in the area.

Event Reminders:

  • •Santa isn’t troubled by the weather, so THE POLAR EXPRESS™ event will take place rain or shine! In the event of hazardous inclement weather, please refer to our main web page


    or call 410-752-2490. Please remember to dress yourself and your family appropriately. Baltimore weather is unpredictable this time of year, so we recommend bringing rain gear and  sunscreen, as well as dressing in layers.

  • • Please remember that this is a family event. To avoid finding yourself on Santa’s Naughty List, please refrain from smoking, cursing, or behaving in any manner that is inappropriate for a family setting. Security has the right to remove anyone from the premises without refund.

  • • For everyone's safety, bags may be searched at any time.

  • • No pets

  • • Everyone must present a ticket for entrance into this event. Additional guests not permitted since museum is closed to the public for Polar Express™ event.

  • • Please keep or meet with your entire party before boarding the train. Please do not drop off members of your party. Please park your vehicle and enter the event all together at one time.

  • • For free parking, please report to the parking lot located at 1100 James St. Baltimore MD - CLICK HERE for Directions & Parking. If this lot is full then you will be directed to additional parking at 901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD.  Please do not drop off members of your party prior to parking. It is best to park your vehicle(s) with your entire party and enter the B&O Railroad Museum North Car Shop together. An ample quantity of handicap parking spots will be available. The B&O Railroad Museum is ADA compliant and handicap accessible.

  • • If you require an on-site interpreter, please contact info@borail.org at least one month prior to the event.


Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters trademarked and copyright 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and ©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s15)


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