THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride returns this holiday season at the B&O!

Event Dates:

November 25-27 & December 2-4, 9-11 & 16-19, 2022

Please note: the Museum will be open during the event hours for Polar Express ticket holders only. Please arrive at the time listed on your ticket. The Polar Express is a timed entry event. Early entry is not available for this event.

Limited tickets available! Get your tickets before they’re gone!

Climb aboard The Polar Express to create a Christmas memory that you and your family will cherish forever! Come in your pajamas as a family to watch the live performance of The Polar Express. Once on the train, the classic Christmas tale will be performed and little ones will have the opportunity to meet Santa and receive their first gift of Christmas! Santa’s helpers will greet you upon arrival to the North Pole, where you can take pictures with Santa and have lots of holiday fun.

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Gold Booth Seats


Gold Individual Seats


Silver Quad Bench Seats


Bronze Seats

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Plan Your Visit

Check out the event map below to plan your visit ahead of time! Please arrive at the time on your ticket. This is a timed entry event. Early entry is not available for this event.

  • Parking: FREE parking is available at the B&O back parking lot at 1100 James Street (entrance is on Arlington Street). Please enter this event through the North Car Shop off of Arlington Street, not the main Museum entrance at 901 W. Pratt Street.
  • Zone 1: Welcome Depot — Join us in the Welcome Depot at the time listed on your ticket. Enjoy some pre-show concessions at the Candy Cane Food Truck, holiday crafts, a dance floor and get excited about hopping on the Polar Express!
  • Zone 2: Show Intro — Meet the Hero Boy and the Conductor from the classic tale.
  • Zone 3: Train Ride Experience — Board the Polar Express for the North Pole! The Train Ride Experience includes dancing chefs, hot chocolate and cookies, a reading of the story, and a very special visit from Santa.
  • Zone 4: North Pole — Enjoy the North Pole at your leisure, including photos with Santa, holiday crafts, s’mores, model train layouts, museum exhibits and more!

Candy Cane Café & S’mores Corner:

Food and beverages will be available at our holiday Candy Cane Café located in the North Pole. Visit the Candy Cane Food Truck before entering to pick up refreshments.

Please note: Concessions are not permitted during the show intro and train ride experience. The Candy Cane Food Truck will close after the final Polar Express Train Ride departure of the day. The Candy Cane Café will remain open in the North Pole until 15 minutes before the Museum closes.

Sensory Station:

For this year’s Polar Express, we are offering mobile sensory kits as well as a sensory station for breaks as necessary for our neurodivergent visitors.
We have also prepared a social story.

Pjs @ PEX:

We want to see you feeling Jolly in your Jammies! Snap a picture with your family and friends enjoying your North Pole experience at the B&O. Share your picture on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #PJsAtPex and be entered to win a family membership to the B&O!

Ticket Class Comparison

Heated CarsXXX
Meet SantaXXX
Children receive Silver BellXXX
Served Hot ChocolateXXX
Served CookieXXX
Narrated StoryXXX
Dancing ChefsXXX
Sing-a-long CarolsXXX
Padded SeatsXXX
Assigned SeatingXX
Family Quad Seating (two facing bench seats)X
Booths with Tables & Individual Plush SeatsX
Souvenir Ceramic MugX

Frequently Asked Questions:

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June 2021

I love that the museum is what remains of the old train yard and the number and variety of train cars is remarkable.

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