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10 Christmas Photo Backdrop Ideas on the Polar Express Train Ride

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Throw on your matching pajamas and head down to the Polar Express at Union Station! You won’t only experience a festive train ride, you’ll discover some really amazing Christmas photo backdrop ideas. There are so many different options that are perfect for the entire family. Christmas photos are indeed made simple right in downtown St. Louis and the best part is all the beautiful backdrops are included in the cost of your train ticket!

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10 Christmas Photo Backdrop Ideas on the Polar Express Train Ride

All aboard for the most wonderful time of the year! The Polar Express is departing out of Union Station in St. Louis and heading to the North Pole nightly between now and December 30th. My family and I took the round trip journey on media night and as always loved the adventure. Each year we enjoy making great family memories with this St. Louis holiday tradition. It’s so much fun and a Christmas time treasure that we love to attend.

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Just prior to boarding the train, there are so many perfect Christmas family photos that can be taken at the various holiday scenes. Upon entering the large tent at the start of the Polar Express experience you’ll find so many activities for family members to enjoy in addition to lots of Christmas lights, Christmas theme backdrops and Christmas cheer. You are sure to get a set of photos that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Family Christmas Photo Ideas on The Polar Express

Have your own Christmas photo session with the beloved train ride. There are so many festive background options available at Union Station and your photos will most definitely be perfect for your Christmas cards.

Polar Express Photo Backdrop

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I love the vintage look with the antique sleigh and book cover for this particular backdrop. It really is the perfect background for preserving Polar Express memories.

Winter Fireplace Scene

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Drinking hot cocoa next to the fire is always the perfect activity during the holiday season. The four sided fireplace set creates the perfect Christmas photo of families sitting beneath stockings hung from a the mantle.

Gingerbread Houses and Candy Canes

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It’s like a Christmas party made out of candy and yummy treats.

Christmas Tree Decor

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While there are tons of photo ops throughout the large tent, it can be a white Christmas no matter the weather outside with the beautiful white Christmas trees.

Jumbo Holiday Decoration Scene Setters

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Simple pictures are made easy with all the various jumbo props.

Letters to Santa

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Kids can write letters to Santa, mail them and get some fun holiday pictures in the process!

Nutcracker Christmas Scene

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This girl performs each year in Nutcracker On Ice so it was only fitting that she would get a picture taken with all the giant nutcrackers.

Frosty the Snowman Photo Backdrop

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Another white Christmas scene with Frosty the Snowman!

Polar Express Train Pictures

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Basically every scene while on The Polar Express train ride is a beautiful photography backdrop.

Polar Express Santa

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Santa is so much fun on The Polar Express and he’s a living photo backdrop!

More Christmas Photo Backdrop Ideas

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While not technically part of the Polar Express experience, I just had to include this photo that I took over at the St. Louis Soda Fountain at Union Station. For the last number of years we have been eating a late dinner there after going on the Polar Express train ride. Such a fun atmosphere and yummy food!

Polar Express Holiday Photos

Such a fun way to get your holiday photo taken for your holiday card. I love all the holiday backdrop options and simple props that are always available at The Polar Express. It’s an easy way to take the best photos and no matter your skill level when it comes to photography, you’ll snag a great family picture with the above Christmas backdrops.

Get your tickets!

Don’t miss your opportunity to take a ride on The Polar Express! Tickets are going fast and can be purchased HERE. Coach tickets are available starting at $35. There are First Class and Premium seats also available. All prices will vary by day, time and ticket class. Additionally you can take advance of group tickets when you have a group of 10 or more. 

Trains depart St. Louis Union Station nightly at 4:30, 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. Select dates there will also be trains running at 8:30 p.m.

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas!


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A mom blogger for over 15 years, Tara Smith lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her audiologist husband and four kids. Her blog has been featured on local media television shows like News 4 Great Day and Show Me St. Louis, as well as in the Farmhouse Style Magazine for Country Sampler. She loves to travel, explore the Midwest, make crafts and read.

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