Always wanted to ride on the train from The Polar Express as a child? The Railway Museum of BC is bringing back its popular North Pole Express just in time for the holiday season, and you won’t want to miss it.

The family-friendly holiday event takes passengers on an entertaining journey from the museum’s Polar Express Station to its very own ‘North Pole.’ Here, passengers can deliver much-needed wrapping paper to Marshall P. Bear – the Polar Bear in charge of Santa’s workshop.

In addition to whimsical characters, warm cookies and cocoa, and other child-friendly activities, passengers will be able to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for a family photo shoot to tie the whole experience together.

The North Pole Express will take place aboard the museum’s 1950s vintage FP9A passenger locomotives, which contain restored coaches and a historic Canadian Pacific ‘Alberta’ Business Car with an open observation platform at the end of the train.

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Tickets & info

The North Pole Express will kick off on Saturday, November 25th and Sunday, November 26th, and will run every weekend in December until Sunday, December 17th.

Tickets can be purchased in pairs online for $82 for two in Vintage Coach, $105 for First Class, or $132 for Night Time Rides. First Class and Night Time tickets include your choice of a mug, ornament, T-shirt, or train set.

Note that all tickets include parking and reserved seating, and there is one dedicated Wheelchair Station per train departure. Visitors also have the option of bringing their own food onboard, though the ride will feature popcorn and hot dogs for sale as well.

So there you have it, Vancouver! It’s almost time to climb aboard.

North Pole Express

When: November 25th and 26th, December 2nd and 3rd, 9th and 10th, and 16th and 17th
Where: 39645 Government Road, Squamish
Cost: $82 to $132 for two