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Pre-sale tickets on sale for Polar Express ride in Carson City
by Tribune Staff
Oct 01, 2012 | 4029 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY — Pre-sale tickets for the popular 2012 Polar Express train aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad are now available. Be sure to purchase your tickets now to this officially licensed event, as last year’s 7,500 Polar Express sold out before the inaugural ride.

This all-ages holiday train ride through the frosty northern Nevada landscape will take place on 15 different dates Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. The Polar Express train rides are based on the holiday feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures and the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story as this 100-year-old train whisks families away for an unforgettable ride to the North Pole. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, followed by a reading of Van Allsburg’s classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train and greet the children.

All tickets include a keepsake silver bell, hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment, a reading of the story and a visit by Santa.

VIP tickets aboard the 30-seat historic Parlor Car feature additional entertainment events and additional time with Santa Claus.

The Polar Express departs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23. Times are subject to change. Passengers should arrive 30 minutes before departure; heated tents, photos with Santa Claus and Polar Express holiday merchandise will be available.

Tickets are free for children under 2. Tickets cost $25 for those ages 2 to 12 and $34 for those 13 and older. A VIP Parlor Car is available with limited seats. The cost is $59 for ages 2 to 12 and $68 for ages 13 and older.

Tickets are available through the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau at Seating is limited. Last year’s event, with 7,500 tickets available, sold out two weeks before the holiday train tour began. To book tickets in advance call 687-7410 or online. To book coach go to or to book VIP Parlor Car rides go to

For more information on the travel deals, dining, lodging, activity information and more details on the V&T train, visit or call 800-Nevada-1.
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