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5 Reasons To Ride The Union Station Polar Express Train

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It’s that time of year again! The season for train rides at Union Station is here in St. Louis. From now until December 30th you can climb aboard the Union Station Polar Express train ride for a magical trip to the North Pole. Read on to find out the reasons why you need to book your train tickets today!

The St. Louis Wheel Union Station Polar Express Train

5 Reasons To Ride The Union Station Polar Express Train

There are so many reasons why this is the perfect family tradition for the holidays, but I decided that I would give you just give of the reasons. That way you will be surprised by the others!

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All Aboard The Union Station Polar Express Train Ride


This was our 3rd trip on the St. Louis Union Station Polar Express train ride and it was just as magical. Our kids look forward to this adventure each year and we cannot wait until next year.

5 Reasons To Make The St. Louis Polar Express Train Ride Part Of Your Holiday Season


1.)  You’ll travel to the North Pole and see Santa.

North Pole Santa on Union Station Polar Express

Kids will get to visit with the man in red and receive a silver bell.





2.) There’s beautiful Polar Express music and a book reading.

Polar Express train actor and Polar Express book reading

The actors create such a fun environment.





3.)  Hot Chocolate. Need I say more?

Served with a delicious allergy free cookie!




4.) A fun train conductor who can predict the future.


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Our kids even learned a magic trick on the return route from the North Pole.




5.) It’s truly a magical time.

St. Louis Polar Express train ride family fun golden tickets

The Polar Express magic starts even before the train departs. Everyone is given a golden ticket, kids can play in the waiting area and there are so many photo backdrop opportunities.


What to do before or after the St. Louis Polar Express…


Additional fun at St. Louis Union Station


Grab some tasty eats at the St. Louis Soda Fountain:

St. Louis Soda Fountain Freak Shakes at Union Station

The Freak Shakes look so delicious! Get more details on the St. Louis Soda Fountain HERE.




Ride the St. Louis Wheel:

The St. Louis Wheel Union Station ferris wheel

We had so much fun going up in the St. Louis Wheel as a family after our time on the Polar Express! Get more details on the St. Louis Wheel HERE.




See the free Union Station Fire and Light Show:


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The Union Station Fire and Light Show is such a unique and amazing show!




Climb around the St. Louis Ropes Course:

St. Louis Ropes Course at Union Station.

So much fun for the entire family. Get more details about the St. Louis Ropes Course HERE.


And… Drum roll please…

Opening day for the St. Louis Aquarium has just been announced! It opens for special holiday hours on December 25th from noon to 6pm. This is so exciting and perfect timing because if you visit the Polar Express after the holiday then you can also go to the St. Louis Aquarium! Get more details HERE.




Experience all the Polar Express magic for yourself by booking your tickets HERE.


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