“Polar Express Story Time Trains”and Holiday Rail Trips With Santa at 73 Cities and Towns

Santa on the Chicago Area Polar Express Storytime Trains & Trolleys

The “Polar Express" the popular book by the author Chris
Van Allsburg has made Santa train and trolley trips all the
rage in recent years. You’ll find many area town park
district trips on Metra trains, public libraries, convention
and visitor bureaus, Jaycees, the Chicago Transit
Authority, the Illinois Railway Museum and the Fox River
Trolley Museum, among others all offering Polar Express
trips or holidaytrains, featuring Santa Claus. These trips
have proven to be very popular—be sure to book
early, most of these trips sell out months in advance.
Remember, trains don’t wait for anyone. Plan on arriving
at the station or for the trolley departure at least twenty
minutes before the scheduled time.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus preparing to board a Polar Express
train

Addison

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Sunday, December 9th & 16th, 2018
Check in Times both days Train 1 - 8:45am Train 2 -
10:45am
Note: Check in time is 20 minutes before train departure
time
Trip departs: Itasca Metra Station
Irving Park Road (Route19) and Maple Street
Sponsor: Addison Park District
(630) 833-0100
Addison Park District
pre-registration required
Cost: Adults $18 residents; $25 non-residents; Children
residents (7 and older) $14; non-residents $21
The wonderful Christmas story, the “Polar Express” will
be read, while the kids are enjoying chocolate milk and
cookies on the train trip to the North Pole. Santa will meet
the incoming train and join in the fun for the return trip.
Please note, space for this trip is very limited.

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Photo Courtesy
Addison Park District

Algonquin

Santa on the Algonquin Express
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Times: There are four trips scheduled from 9pm until
11am
Trip check-in is at: Historic Village Hall
2 South Main Street
Algonquin, IL 60102
Sponsor: Village of Algonquin Recreation Department
For information: (847) 658-2716
Algonquin Recreation Dept.
registration required - registration closes November 12th
Cost: Residents - 4 years and up - $17; non-residents
$23
Children residents 3 and under - $8; non-residents $9
Take a ride to the North Pole on a trip the kids won’t soon
forget. Santa will be there when they arrive and will have
a special gift for them. Please note, this trip is a ride on
a motorized trolly. Book early—this program is sure
to sell out.

Antioch

Santa on the North Pole Express Trains
December 4th, 5th, 6th,7th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th,
18th, 19th, 20th, & 21st, 2018
Times: There are 12 trips scheduled all departing
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays at
10:35am & returning at 2:35pm
Trips depart: Antioch Metra Station
305 Depot Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Sponsor: Village of Antioch Recreation Department
Note, For information: (847) 395-2160 or
parks@antioch.il Tickets go on sale
Oct.18th, for residents and on Oct,22nd for non-residents
https://www.antioch.il.gov/departments/parks-department/
pre-registration required
Cost: $22 for residents; $25 for non-residents
This three and a half hour magical excursion to the North
Pole includes lunch, crafts, hot chocolate, cookies,
Christmas Carols and fun for all and of course a visit from
Santa.

Arlington Heights

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Time: 8:15am - 11:15am (Arlington Heights - Chicago)
Time : 8:55am - 11:30am (Arlington Heights -Harvard)
Time: 12:15 - 3:15pm (Arlington Heights - Chicago)
Trip departs: Arlington Heights Metra Station,
Downtown Arlington Heights
Sponsor: Arlington Heights Park District
(847) 577-3000
www.ahpd.org/
Cost: Residents: Adults & Children - $20
Non-residents Adults & Children - $29
Santa will be on the trains visiting with the children—
treats will be served and the Polar express story will be
read during the trip. Don't forget your camera. This is a
very popular trip—book early!

 

Aurora

Santa on the Blackberry Farm Holiday Express
Friday December 7th & 14th
Saturday December 1st, 8th & 15th
Sunday, December 2nd, 9th & 16th, 2018
Sponsor: Fox Valley Park District
Train is located at: Blackberry Farm
100 S. Barnes Road
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 892-1550
Times: Fridays 5pm to
8pm
Saturdays & Sundays 2pm to 7pm
tickets online beginning mid-Nov. - avoid lines at the
ticket window
www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
Cost: $7.00 per person ages 2 and up
Blackberry Farm will be all lit up for the season with
thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights. For three
weekends in December families can ride on the
“Blackberry Farm Holiday Express.” Enjoy a great trip on
the train which chugs its way around Lake Gregory
before returning to the old-fashioned depot where you will
meet Santa at the Early Streets Museum. Groups of 100
or more can book their own private Polar Express parties.
Contact Sandy Smith at (630) 264-7408 for details.

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Photo Courtesy Fox Valley Park
District

Barrington

Barrington Express to Santa's Workshop
Saturday December 8th, 2018
Times: 9:32am to 12:18pm and 11:32am to 2:15pm
Trips departs: Barrington Metra Train Station
201 S. Spring Street
Main and Spring Streets
Barrington, IL 60010
Sponsor: Barrington Park District
(847) 381-0065
email: jkrause@barringtonparkdistrict.org
www.barringtonparkdistrict.org
Pre-registration required - Deadline November 9th
Cost: Residents $19; Non-Residents $22
All aboard! This trip to the North Pole will take
participants to the Moose Lodge in Woodstock. Children
will hear holiday stories, there will be cookies to decorate
plus cocoa and cider at the restaurant. Of course the
children will visit with Santa Claus who will have bags of
treats for all the kids. This event fills up quickly.

 

Bartlett

Santa on the Holly Jolly Trolley Ride
Thursday, December 13th, 2018
Times: There are 11 trips scheduled from 4pm until 8pm
Trip meets at: Villa Olivia
at Santa's North Pole Workshop
1401 West Lake Street
Bartlett, IL 60103
Sponsor: Bartlett Park District
(630) 540-4800
www.bartlettparks.org
registration required -online registration not available
Cost: Residents: Adults & Children - $10
Non-residents: Adults & Children - $15
Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for an
evening of excitement. Participants travel to to the "North
Pole" on a private holiday trolley — the "Holly Jolly
Trolley Ride". Santa meets everyone when they arrive at
his workshop at the North Pole. There will be plenty of
activities, treats and good times or everyone. Don't forget
to bring your camera. This program is sure to sell out.

 

Batavia

Santa on the Batavia Polar Express
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Trip times: 3:15pm-4:15pm & 4:25pm-5:25pm
Trips departs: Fox River Trolley Museum
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve station
35W003 Il Route 31
South Elgin, IL 60177
Sponsor: Batavia Park District
www.bataviaparks.org
Registration required for all ages.
(630) 879-5235
Cost: Residents $34, Non-residents $39
Batavia children and their parents get to make the
exciting trip to the North Pole starting at at the Fox River
Trolley Museum. Hot chocolate will be served and the
children will be read the magical Polar Express story,
meet Santa Claus and receive a bell as a gift.

Bensenville

Santa Train Ride
Saturday, December 8th
Sunday December 9th, 2018
Times: Sat.
10:30am - 12:35pm Sun 10:30am - 12:35pm & 2:30pm -
4:35pm
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the train's departure
Trip departs: Bensenville Metra Train Station
110 West .Main Street
Bensenville, IL 60106
Sponsor: Bensenville Park District
Questions? call Lisa Semetko (630) 238-4920 or email
lsemetko@bensenvilleparkdistrict.org
www.bensenvilleparkdistrict.org
registration required
Ages - infants up to children age 10
Cost: Residents $13 Non-Residents $16
This event leaves from the Bensenville train station to the
North Pole—Elgin. Along the way children will be read
the story, "The Polar Express" play games, sing carols,
while Santa takes time to visit with each child and give all
boys and girls a holiday treat. Don't forget your camera!

Berwyn

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
for Families with Children who have Special Needs
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Time: 12:45pm to 3:15pm (Train departs at 12:55pm)
Trips departs: Berwyn Metra Train Station
6801 Windsor Avenue
Oak Park Avenue & Windsor
Berwyn, IL 60402
between Grove and Oak Park Avenues
Sponsor: WSSRA - West SuburbanSpecial Recreation
Association
(847) 455-2100
For additional information - West Suburban Special
Recreation Association
Pre-registration required - tickets are limited
Cost: $15 - 12 years & older; $8 - 11 years and younger
This train trip is only for families of children who have
disabilities and are members of West Suburban Special
Recreation Association. Children take a real train ride,
but make an imaginary trip to the North Pole (actually the
Aurora train station). The delightful Polar Express story is
used as the basis for the trip and will be read. Santa will
join everyone at the North Pole and will be part of the
joyful ride home. Light refreshments will be served and
wheelchair seating is available. This popular trip fills up
quickly.

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Photo courtesy West Suburban
Special Recreation Association

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 1st & 8th, 2018
Times: Dec. 1st - 10am to 1pm, & 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Dec.8th - 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Trips departs: Berwyn Metra Train Station
6801 Windsor Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
between Grove and Oak Park Avenues
Sponsor: Berwyn Park District
(708) 795-2892
www.berwynparks.org
Register - November 3rd at Proksa Park at 10am
Cost: $30 per person
These train trips takes Berwyn children to the North Pole
(actually the DuPage Children's Museum). The Polar
Express story will be read on the train. Santa will join the
children at the North Pole for pictures and crafts where
there will be plenty of fun for all.

 

Bloomingdale

Santa on the Bloomingdale Holly Jolly Trolley
Friday, December 14th
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Trip check in times Friday - 7pm; Saturday 8:45am and
10:45am
Trips depart: Roselle Metra Station
540 Irving Park Road
Roselle, IL 60172
Sponsor: Bloomingdale Park District
www.bloomingdaleparks.org
Register - Nov. 3rd at 10am at
(630) 529-3650
Cost: $15 Residents; $20 Non-residents
All aboard! Hop on the Bloomingdale Holly Jolly Trolley
note this trip is on a Metra train not a motorized
trolley! Take a magical train trip to the North Pole. Enjoy
a special story, there will be caroling, milk and cookies
and of course Santa Claus!

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Photo courtesy Bloomingdale
Park District

Blue Island

Santa's Train Ride
2018 dates T/B/A
Times: T/B/A
Trips depart: Blue Island - Vermont Street Metra Station
2300 W. Grove Street
Blue Island, IL 60406
Sponsor: Blue Island Park District
blueislandparks.org
Registration required - tickets go on Sale Oct. 1st
(708) 385-3304
Cost: $15 Residents; $25 Non-residents
Children in Blue Island can take the train trip to the South
Pole to find Santa Claus. Mrs. Claus will be on the train
both ways and Santa will be with the kids on the return
trip. There will be holiday songs, treats and a memorable
experience for everyone. Don’t forget your camera—
you’ll want pictures of the kids with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Please note the 2018 dates are not yet available, if
you have any questions call the Blue IslandPark
District at (708) 385-3304.

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Photo courtesy Blue Island
Park District

Burr Ridge

Santa on the Storytime Train
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Train 1: 9am check in - train departs 9:14am
Train 2: 1pm check in - train
departs,1:14pm
Trips departs: Hinsdale Metra Train Station
21 E. Hinsdale Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Sponsor: Burr Ridge Park District
(630) 920-1969
www.brparks.org/
Pre-registration required - Begins August 21st
Cost: $52 residents; $57 non-residents
Enjoy a holiday favorite—a trip from the Hinsdale train
station to the North Pole where you will have a buffet.
Here the children meet with Santa, have a picture taken
and enjoy holiday crafts and entertainment, plus they
take home a gift.

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Photo courtesy Burr
Ridge Park District

Carol Stream

Santa on the Carol Stream Polar Express Storytime
Train
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Times: Two departures - 11am to1pm & 3pm to 5pm
Trips depart: Roselle Metra Station,
540 Irving Park Road
Roselle, IL 60172
Sponsor: Carol Stream Park District
www.csparks.org
Pre-registration required - registration deadline is
November 1st
Cost: Residents: $14 Non-residents $21
All aboard for a trip to the North Pole (Roselle to Elgin)
for children two and up. The Polar Express story will be
read to the children on the first part of the trip. When the
train arrives at the North Pole, they will be met by Santa
who will be with them for the ride back home. There will
be holiday songs and Santa will make time for a visit with
each child. Refreshments will be served and every child
will receive a small keepsake. These events are sure to
sell out.

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Photo courtesy Carol
Stream Park District

Santa on the Carol Stream Holiday Trolley Express
Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 8"30pm
Trips depart from: Fountain View Recreation Center
910 North Gary Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Sponsor: Carol Stream Park District
www.csparks.org
Pre-registration required - registration deadline is
December 12th
Cost: Residents: $14 Non-residents $21
Take a festive trolley ride to see beautiful holiday lights,
Hear the Polar Express story,, enjoy refreshments, make
a craft and meet with Santa at Fountain View Recreation
Center. Each child will receive a special holiday
keepsake.This event always sells out.

 

Cary

Santa on the Cary Train to Santa's Workshop
Friday, December
8th
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Time: Friday: 11:25 am
- 2:08pm
Saturday: 10:50am - 1:43pm
Be at the station at least 20 minutes before departure
time
Trip departs: Cary Metra Station
100 West Main Street
(Route 134 and Cedar Lake Road)
Cary, IL 60013
Sponsor: Cary Park District
(847) 639-6100
reservations required - deadline November 3rd
www.carypark.com
Cost: $19 for residents; $28 non-residents
This train trip is for children ages 11 and under with a
parent from Round Lake to Crystal Lake. There will be a
buffet meal Friday at Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen in
Crystal Lake and on Saturday at Durty Nellies in Palatine
and then a visit with Santa Claus. A great day for all the
little ones is guaranteed. Be sure to bring a camera.
Book early—this event will sell out..

 

Chicago

Santa Claus on the CTA Holiday Train
Friday, November 23rd through Friday, December
21st, 2018
Sponsor: Chicago Transit Authority
1-888-968-7282
Cost: Normal fares apply—there is no premium to ride on
the Holiday Train For a detailed schedule for
the Holiday Train check the CTA websit. The LINK to
the 2018 Holiday Train page will be available in
November.
Every Christmas season The Chicago Transit Authority
gives the citizens of the windy city a marvelous gift—the
CTA Holiday train. This spectacular and beautifully lit up
train with Santa and his elves, runs on different CTA
routes from late November usually up to a few days
before Christmas. The six car train can be seen coming
from a long way off, with thousands of brightly colored
lights festooning the cars. The interiors of the cars are
gaily decorated with a plethora of multi-colored lights,
garlands and red bows with poles wrapped to resemble
candy-canes. Santa arrives in dramatic fashion, on a
sleigh in an open flatbed car in the middle of the train—
which has been outfitted with reindeer, Christmas trees
and luminous shining lights. As the train pulls into a
station Santa can be seen greeting the children and
boarding passengers and of course ho ho hoing

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The CTA Holiday Train

Chicago The Polar Express™
Friday, November 30th, 2018 through Tuesday,
January 1st, 2019
Visit the schedule & tickets page to book this event and
for dates & times
Trips departs: Union Station
500 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 471-2501
For additional information click on the following LINK
Cost: $52 and up adults; $45 and up children
Chicago Rail Events Productions is offering The Polar
Express train ride from Chicago’s Union Station during
the holiday season. Each ticket includes a souvenir hot
chocolate tumbler and keepsake sleigh bell to bring
home. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for
the ride!

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Photo courtesy Chicago Rail
Events Productions

Chicago Ridge

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
2018 dates T/B/A
Times: T/B/A
Trips departs: Chicago Ridge Metra Station,
103rd Street & Ridgeland Avenue
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
Sponsor: Chicago Ridge Park District
(708) 636-4900
www.chicagoridgeparks.com
registration required
Cost: $12 residents; $25 non-residents
Kids, take a trip to the North Pole (Chicago Ridge to
Union Station in Chicago). There will be Christmas treats,
crafts and a visit by Santa himself. Remember to bring
your camera.Please note the 2018 dates are not yet
available, if you have any questions call the Chicago
Ridge Park District at (708) 636-4900.

Clarendon Hills

Santa on the Claredon Hills Santa Train
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Time: 1 pm - 3:30pm
Trip departs: Clarendon Hills Metra Station
1 South Prospect Avenue
Prospect Avenue at Burlington
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Sponsor: Clarendon Hills Park District
(630) 323-2626
registration required
www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org
Cost: $20 per person - children under one year of age
are free
There will be a story on the train, hot chocolate and
cookies. When the train reaches the North Pole—Aurora,
Santa joins the group. He will be on the ride back for
songs with the children and a chance for you to take
pictures. Please note, this event is for Clarendon Hills
residents only. This popular trip is sure to sell out
early

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Photo courtesy Clarendon
Hills Park District

Deerfield

Santa on the Deerfield Candy Cane Train
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Time: 1pm to 3:30pm
Trip departs: Deerfield Metra Station
860 Deerfield Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Sponsor: Deerfield Park District
(847) 945-0650
advance registration required
www.deerfieldparks.org
Cost: $19.00 residents, $24.00 non-residents
This is a special holiday train trip for children up to age
twelve. They will travel to the North Pole where they will
meet Santa Claus. Refreshments will be served onboard.
Advance registration is required for this popular trip.
Remember to bring your camera.

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Photo courtesy Deerfield
Park District

Des Plaines

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Sunday November, 25th &
Sunday December, 2nd, 2018
Departure times: 11:04 am to 1:44 pm and 3:04 pm to
5:44 pm
Check in at 10:15 am and 2:15 pm
All Trips depart: Des Plaines Metra Station
1501 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Sponsor: Des Plaines Park District
(847) 391-5700
registration required - Ticket purchase deadline is
November 16th
www.desplainesparks.org
Cost: Residents $25 per person
Non-residents $30 per person
The Polar Express story will be read as the train travels
to the North Pole (Harvard, Illinois) where the children will
stay on the train and meet Santa Claus. Santa will ride
with everyone on the return trip. There will be holiday
songs, chocolate milk, cookies, games and time for
pictures and visits with the big guy in the red suit.

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Photo courtesy Des
Plaines Park District

Downers Grove

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Departure times: 8:45am, 10:45am and 12:45 pm
Three trips depart: Downers Grove Main Street Metra
Station
Sponsor: Downers Grove Park District
www.dgparks.org
email: kstupka@dgparks.org
(630) 963-1300
registration required
Cost: Residents $30 - non-residents $45
Hop on the train in Downers Grove for the magical trip
based on the book "The Polar Express" by Chris Van
Allsbur. On the way to the North Pole (Aurora) the "The
Polar Express" story will be read and chocolate milk and
cookies will be served. At the North Pole, Santa and Mrs.
Claus board the train and joins in the merriment for the
return trip. Early registration is open to Downers Grove
residents only, non-residents will be placed on a wait list
until residents have been accommodated. Note: These
trips are very popular and fill up early.

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The Downers Grove
Park District Polar Express

Elk Grove Village

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
There will be 3 departures on Saturday
Departures times: are at: 9am, 11am & 1pm
Trips departs: Itasca Metra Station
Irving Park Road (Route 19) & Walnut Street
Sponsor: Elk Grove Park District
(847) 437-9494
registration required - opens Oct. 16 residents, Oct. 23
non-residents
www.elkgroveparks.org
Cost: Residents: children ages twelve months & up $22,
adults $18.
Non-residents: children ages two & up $26, non-resident
adults $22.
Once again, kids get to hear the “Polar Express” story by
Chris Van Allsburg have snacks and meet Santa at the
North Pole (or Elgin if you prefer). There will be visits with
Santa on the way back along with treats for the kids.
Sign up early, this trip always sells out..

Elmhurst

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Times: Two departures - 1 am to 3:15pm and 3pm to
5:15pm
Trips departs: Elmhurst Metra Station
128 W. 1st Street at York Road
Sponsor: Elmhurst Park District
(630) 993-8901
registration required - opens Aug. 6 for residents; Aug.15
for non-residents
www.epd.org
Cost: $26 Adult resident; $32 Adult non-resident
$21 Child resident; $26 Child non-resident
The “Polar Express” story comes to life when the children
get on the train to go to the North Pole—Elburn. There
will be treats, Christmas carols, cookies and a special
visit with Santa Claus on the way home. For children two
and up. This events is sure to sell out, book early!

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Photo courtesy Elmhurst
Park District

Frankfort

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Times: Three departures - 9:30 am sharp, 11:20 am
sharp & 1:20 pm sharp
Trips departs: Hickory Creek Metra Station
9430 Hickory Creek Drive
Mokena, IL
Sponsor: Frankfort Park District
(815) 469-9400
registration date Saturday, November 4th
www.frankfortparks.org
Cost: $15 per person residents $18 non-residents
Listen to magical “Polar Express” story and enjoy cookies
when the children and their parents ride the train to the
North Pole where they will meet Santa Claus. He will
return with time for pictures and yes, plenty of fun with
the kids. This event is very popular - book on Nov. 5th
9am to 12 noon to avoid disappointment.

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Photo courtesy Frankfort
Park District

Franklin Park

Santa on the Franklin Park Polar Express
Saturday, December 1st, 8th, and 15th, 2018
Times Dec. 1st & 15th 2:30pm to 4:45pm Dec. 8th
4:30pm - 6:45pm
Trips departs: Franklin Park Metra Station
25th & Pacific Avenue
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Sponsor: Park District of Franklin Park
(847) 469-455-2852
registration required
www.fpparks.org
Cost: $11 residents
$21 non-residents
children under 1 are free
Take a ride on a holiday train and meet Santa Claus at
the North Pole (Elgin). A story will be read, there will be
carols and a special treat for each child from Santa, as
well as milk and cookies. Santa will board the train for the
return trip. Book Early, these trips fill up very quickly

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Photo courtesy Park District
of Franklin Park

Geneva

Santa on The Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 1st
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Times: 9:30am check in for the 1st trip Sat. & Sun.
1:30pm check in for the second departure Sat. & Sun.

Trips depart Geneva Metra Station
328 Crescent Place
Geneva, IL 60134
Sponsor: Geneva Park District
For information: (630) 232-4542
pre-registration required
www.genevaparks.org
Cost: Resident children - $21 for 17 and under; Nonresidents - $32
Resident adults - $26 for 18 and older; Non-residents -
$39
Ride on the Polar Express which goes to the North Pole
where the story will be read, you’ll find Santa Claus,
enjoy lunch or dinner at Aurelio's Pizza and to get
pictures with the old guy. Register early - this program
is very popular and will sell out.

Glen Ellyn

Saturday, December ?, Sunday, December ?, 2018
Times: Saturday, December ,?h - 1:10 pm
Saturday December, ?, - 5:10 pm
Sunday, December ? - 1:10 pm
Sunday, December ? - 5:10 pm
All trips depart: Glen Ellyn Metra Station
551 Crescent, Glen Ellyn
Sponsor: Glen Ellyn Park District
For information:
(630) 858-2462
registration dates residents Oct. 1st, 8:30am, nonresidents Oct. 15th, 8:30am
www.gepark.org
Cost: $28 per resident child; $42 per non-resident child.
$16 per resident adult; $24 per non-resident adult.
Be sure not to miss the train for this trip to the North Pole.
Guess what, the Polar Express story will be read to the
kids who will receive their own copy of the book.
Chocolate milk and cookies will be served and everyone
gets to talk to Santa and sing holiday songs. Remember
to wear your pajamas. For children age one year and up.
The 2018 Glen Ellyn Polar Express dates will be
announced in late September.

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Photo
courtesy Glen Elyn Park District

Glenview

Santa on the Glenview Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December ? 2018
Times: Saturday, 1:14 pm to to 3:37 pm
Sunday, 1:14 pm to to 3:37 pm
Trips depart: Glenview Metra Station
1116 Depot Street
Glenview, IL 60025
Sponsor: Glenview Park District
For information: (847) 724-5670
registration required
glenviewparks.org
Cost: $26 residents; $32.50 non-residents
Glenview’s train will head for the North Pole—Libertyville
where the kids will enjoy a meal at Egg Harbor and will
come face to face with Santa Claus. Santa will be on the
train for the return trip and he has a gift for each child
plus there will be songs and plenty of fun. Be sure to
bring your camera. Please note: The dates and details
of the 2018 Glenview Polar Express trips will not be
available until early November when the winter park
district catalog will be available. Questions? Call the
Glenview Park District at (847) 724-5670.

Grayslake

Santa on The Polar Express Storytime Train
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Times: Departure Times 11:52am & 1:52pm
Trips depart: Grayslake Metra Station
Lake and St. Paul Streets
Grayslake, IL 60030
Sponsor: Grayslake Park District
For information:
(847) 223-7529
Because of the hight demand for this event registration is
by a random selection lottery - check here for details
Cost: Children residents - $15; Non-residents $19
Adult residents - $12; Non-residents $14
Get ready for an exciting trip on the Polar Express to the
North Pole—Fox Lake where Santa Claus will be waiting
to greet the children and have a special gift for them. The
children will be read the “Polar Express” story on the
outbound trip and will sing carols, enjoy snacks plus there
will be prize drawings on the ride home. This event
popular event will sell out!

Hanover Park

Santa on the North Pole Express Trolley Trips
Friday, December 8th, 2017

Times: There are five trips scheduled at 5:30pm, 6pm,
6:30pm, 7pm and 7:30pm
Trip check-in is at: Hanover Park Community Center Gym
1919 Walnut Avenue
Hanover Park, IL 60133
Sponsor: Hanover Park Park District
For information: (630) 837-2468
www.hpparks.org
registration required
Cost: : Age 2 and under - free; $10 residents, $15 nonresidents
Be prepared for an exciting trip to the "North Pole" on a
Polar Express Trolley Ride. On the way the Polar
Express story will be read and Santa will meet everyone
at his workshop. There will be crafts, treats and time for
pictures with the big guy.. Don't forget to bring your
camera.

 

Highland Park

Santa on the Polar Express Story Tine Train
Saturday, December 1st & 8th, 2018
Departure times: 9 am
Trips departs: Highland Park Downtown Metra Station
2700 Saint Johns Avenue
Sponsor: Park District of Highland Park
(847) 831-3810
reservations required
for more information click on this link
Cost: Residents: children $35 - adults $20
Non-residents: children $45 - adults $30
Kids, be sure to wear your pajamas for the trip to the
North Pole—Waukegan. Hear a storyteller read a classic
story on the train. Enjoy a cookie and meet some holiday
characters on the way. Santa will be visiting with the
children on the return trip, there will be holiday music and
plenty of fun for all. Register early, this event always
sells out.

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Photo courtesy Park District of
Highland Park

Hinsdale

Santa on the Hinsdale Holiday Express

Sunday, December 16th, 2018
Trip Times: 9 am to 1 pm and 11 am to 3 pm
Trips depart: Hinsdale Metra Station
21 W. Hinsdale Avenue (Hinsdale at Washington Street)
Sponsor: Hinsdale Park and Recreation Department
(630) 789-7090
www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr/
There is a lottery for this event - Lottery deadline
Wednesday, November 28th. Non-residents can register
beginning Dec. 5th.
Cost: $38 per person, ages two and up.
Children under two, $2 each
Get on the train in your pajamas in Hinsdale and head for
the North Pole (Aurora) where you’ll meet with Santa
Claus. A buffet meal will be served at the North Pole
(America's Historic Roundhouse Restaurant—in the
Aurora station). There will be time for photographs, crafts
and more. It's recommended you sign up for the
lottery for this popular program as soon as possible.

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Photo courtesy Hinsdales Park
and Recreation Department

Hoffman Estates

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Times: Two departures 9am and 1pm
Trip departs: Schaumburg Metra Station
2000 S. Springinsguth Road
Sponsor: Hoffman Estates Park District
For Information: Jody Dodson (847) 285-5432
www.heparks.org
Registration begins 3rd week in November, 2017
Cost: $13 for residents, $15 for non-residents.
Ages three and up
Take a ride to the North Pole and hear the classic story
by Chris Van Allsburg along the way. On the way back,
Santa will join in the fun. There will be Christmas Carols
and gifts for the children. Note—space is very limited,
be sure to book as soon as registration opens in
November

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Photo courtesy Hoffman
Estates Park District

Itasca

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Five trips have been scheduled:
Time: Time: 8:45 am - 10:30
pm (Itasca to Elgin, round trip)
Time: 11 am - 12:30 pm (Itasca to Elgin, round trip)
Time: 1 pm - 2:30 pm (Itasca to Elgin, round trip)
Time: 5 pm - 6:30 pm (Itasca to Elgin, round
trip) Time: 7 pm - 8:30
pm (Itasca to Elgin, round trip)
Trips departs: Itasca Metra Station,
Irving Park Road (Route19) and Maple Street
Sponsor: Itasca Park District
(630) 773-2257
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pre-registration required - deadline Nov. 12th or when
trains are full.
Cost: Adults & Children - $20
Children 6-months and under are free.
All aboard for an exciting trip to the North Pole where the
kids will meet with Santa. It's ok to wear pajamas. Enjoy a
story, plus plenty to do—there will also be chocolate milk
and cookies for everyone, and each kid will receive a gift
from Santa.

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Photo courtesy Itasca
Park District

Joliet

Santa on the C A S A Christmas Express
Saturday, December 1st
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Tentative train times both days: 8:15am, 10:15am,
12:15pm & 2:15pm
Trips departs: Joliet Union Station,
50 East Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60431
Sponsor: C A S A Court Appointed Special Advocates of
Will County
(815) 730-7072
www.casaofwillcounty.org
Tickets must be purchased in advance
Cost: $35 per ticket
C A S A are court appointed volunteer advocates for
abused and neglected children in Will County. This Polar
Express program is a fund raiser for these children.
Here’s a great family trip which takes the kids to the North
Pole—Joliet toTinley Park and back, where everyone
joins in the holiday festivities and meets Santa. The trip
includes cookies plus breakfast or lunch. Please note:
Tickets for this event are in short supply—book early

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Photo
courtesy CASA

La Grange

LaGrange Holiday Train
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Time: Sat. 8:45 am to 11:03am
Trip departs: La Grange Road Metra Station
125 W. Burlington Rd.
LaGrange, IL 60525
Sponsor: Park District of La Grange
(708) 352-1762
registration required
www.pdlg.org
Cost: $21 residents; $27 non-residents
This La Grange Holiday Train heads for Naperville which
is the North Pole where they are going to meet Santa
Claus. There will be a drink and a treat served at the
Naperville train station. Santa will then hop on board for
the return trip, where the fun for everyone will continue.
This program is open to children of all ages. Book early -
this program is sure to sell out.

La Grange

LaGrange Holiday Train
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Time: Sat. 8:45 am to 11:03am
Trip departs: La Grange Road Metra Station
125 W. Burlington Rd.
LaGrange, IL 60525
Sponsor: Park District of La Grange
(708) 352-1762
registration required
www.pdlg.org
Cost: $21 residents; $27 non-residents
This La Grange Holiday Train heads for Naperville which
is the North Pole where they are going to meet Santa
Claus. There will be a drink and a treat served at the
Naperville train station. Santa will then hop on board for
the return trip, where the fun for everyone will continue.
This program is open to children of all ages. Book early -
this program is sure to sell out.

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Photo
courtesy Park District of La Grange

Lake Forest

Santa on the Claus' Coach
Saturday, December 15th
Sunday, December 16th, 2018
Time: Sat. 11am to 1:30pm; Sun. 1pm to 3:30pm
Trip departs: Lake Forest West Metra Station
10205 North Waukegan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Sponsor: The City of Lake Forest
Parks and Recreation
(847) 234-2600
registration required - contact John Eldridge (847) 810-3940
cityoflakeforest.com
Cost: Residents $30; Non-residents $36
One of Mrs. Claus's favorite books will be read to the
children during their train trip to the North Pole (Fox Lake)
while they are enjoying hot chocolate. Santa will meet the
train at the North Pole and ride back—there will be
holiday songs and plenty of games and fun for everyone.
For children one year to twelve years of age. Note: This
trip is very popular and is sure to sell out.

 

Lindenhurst

Santa on the Lindenhurst Sleigh Bell Express
2018 Date to be advised
Time: ? am check-in - ? (Grayslake - Foxlake)
Trip departs: Grayslake Metra Station
Lake & St. Paul Streets
Grayslake, IL
Sponsor: Lindenhurst Park District
(847) 847-356-6011
www.lindenhurstparks.org
Cost: Residents: Adults $10; non-resident Adults $11
A favorite movie and book for many, Polar Express tells
the tale of a boy who took a journey to a magical
place. Join the Lindenhurst Park District as we take you
on an enchanted Metra ride. While on the train ride, a
storyteller will read the story of “Polar Express” by Chris
Van Allsburg. When we reach the North Pole (Fox Lake)
Santa will step on board to pay all the good little boys and
girls a special visit. While on the train we will sing
Christmas Carols, and all children will leave with a
special treat. Please note: The dates and details of the
2018 Lindenhurst Sleigh Bell Express trip will not be
available until mid-November when the winter park
district catalog will be available. Questions? Call the
Lindenhurst Park District at 847-356-6011.

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Photo courtesy
Lindenhurst Park Distric

Lisle

The Lisle Santa Train
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Times: 9:45 am and 1:45 pm
Trips departs: Lisle Metra Station
Note - The dates and
times listed above are tentative. When the exact
dates and times are available, they will be posted.
1000 Front Street.
Lisle, IL 60532
Sponsor: Lisle Convention & Visitor Bureau
For additional information: 1800-733-9811

advance purchase of tickets required
www.stayinlisle.com
Cost: $16.00 per person for both children and adults
Here’s another train trip based on the award-winning
children's book, "The Polar Express". This one goes from
Lisle to Union Station in Chicago—or the North Pole if
you prefer. There will be Santa, elves, costumed
characters and holiday activities are featured. Starting
October 6th tickets can be purchased at one of these
Lisle businesse's: The Nook, 7-11 at Ogdon & Main, or
the Lisle Savings Bank Tickets can also be purchased by
mail beginning October 6th from the Lisle Convention &
Visitor Bureau. Please note, these trips are very
popular and are sure to sell out.

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Photo courtesy Lisle
Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lombard

Santa on the Polar Express Story Time Train
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Times: three departures: 9:20am; 1:20pm; 5:20pm
Trips departs: Lombard Train Station
9 South Main St.

Lombard, IL 60148
Sponsor: Lombard Park Park District
(630) 620-7322
For info. on registration contact Lombard Park
District
http://lombardparks.com
Cost: $15 per person for residents; $20 per person nonresidents
Children three and up will take a magical ride on the
Polar Express Storytime train. One of Santa's favorite
stories will read. There will be cookies and a bell on the
ride to the North Pole. On the ride home there will be
Christmas songs and fun for everyone. It is
recommended that tickets be purchased early for this
popular event.

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Photo courtesy Lombard
Park District

Mount Prospect & Prospect Heights

Santa on the Polar Express
Monday December
17th
Tuesday, December 18th
Wednesday December 19th
Thursday December 20th,
2018
Times: - 1:20 pm to 4 pm
Trip departs: Prospect Heights Metra Station
55 S. Wolf Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Sponsor: River Trails Park District
For information: (847) 255-
1200
www.rtpd.org
registration required
Ages: for children one month and up.
Cost: $18 per person
For a day of fun, take a trip on the North Pole Express
where the kids will travel to the North Pole, meet with
Santa, who will make the return trip with them. Each child
will receive a small gift to remind them of the adventure.
Do not delay, sign up early for this popular event.

 

Mundelein

Santa on the Polar Express Story Time Train
Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Time: 3pm check-in
Trip departs: Prairie Crossing Metra Station Libertyville
30001 Midlothian Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
Sponsor: Mundelein Park & Recreation District
1401 North Midlothian Road
Mundelein, IL 60080
For information: (847) 566-0650
registration for residents is Sept. 26th; non-residents,
One week later
http://mundeleinparks.org
Cost: $20 residents $35 non-residentsHead for the North Pole (Fox Lake) on this Polar Express
Story Time train trip where the kids will meet Santa
Claus. There will be songs, time for pictures, treats and
gifts for the kids. Book early, this popular trip will fill
up quickly.

 

New Lenox

Santa on the North Pole Adventure

Saturday, December 8th & Sunday, December 9th,
2018
Times: Seven trips on Sat. from 4pm to 8:30pm; Five trips
on Sun. from 4pm to 7pm
Trips departs & returns to:Sanctuary Golf Course
485 North Marley Road
New Lennox, IL 60451
Sponsor: New Lenox Community Park District
For information: (815) 485-3584
www.newlenoxparks.org
registration required

Please note, this North Pole Adventure is a
bus ride to the North Pole.
Cost: $18 per person for both residents & non-residents.
Join an exciting trip to the "North Pole" on a Bus Ride. On
the way the Polar Express story will be read and Santa
will meet everyone at the North Pole where the kids will
receive a small gift. There will be hot cocoa and cookies,
gamesand time for pictures with old Santa. Don't forget to
bring your camera. Book early—this program is very
popular.

 

Oak Park

The Oak Park Santa Trolley Express
Sunday, December 9th & 16th, 2018
Times : There are six 1.5 hour trips on each
Sunday scheduled from
9:15am until 2:15pm
Trips leave from and return to:
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
Sponsor: Park District of Oak Park
(708) 383-0002
For additional information click on the following LINK
registration required
Cost: Residents - $20
Non-residents - $27
Hop on Santa’s Trolley and meet with the elves and the
jolly old man and Mrs. Claus at their secret spot (the
historic Cheney Mansion). There will be time to enjoy
cookies and milk and to get pictures and to let Santa
know what you hope to find under the tree. Don't forget to
bring your camera. This very popular Trolley program
fills up early!

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Photo Courtesy Park District of Oak Park

Olympia Fields

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Times: 12:45pm to 6pm
Trip Departs: Olympia Fields Metra Station
Cor. 203rd Street & Kedzie Avenue
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Sponsor: Olympia Fields Park District
For additional information: (708) 481-7313
registration required
For additional information click on this LINK
Cost: $15 per person
The exciting Polar Express story will be read on the train
on the way to the North Pole (Chicago). There will be
cookies, hot chocolate, songs and games. Santa will be
with us on the return trip with gifts for all the boys and
girls. While in Chicago you can enjoy the city on your own
for approximately three hours, and take a tour of the
popular downtown holiday sites.

 

Orland Park

Santa's North Pole Express
Friday, November
20th
Saturday, December 1st,
2018
Times: Friday 3:30pm - 7:30pm; Saturday 11am to 3pm
Trip Departs: Orland Park Metra Station
143rd Street & Southwest Highway
Orland Park Park, IL 60462
Sponsor: Orland Park Recreation
For information: (708) 403-7275
registration required - deadline November 16th
Available for all ages
For additional information click on this LINK
Cost: $18 residents; $26 non-residents
All aboard! The Orland Park Polar Express trip includes
Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be holiday treats, crafts
and a special golden ticket for the conductor to stamp. A
popular holiday story will be read on the way to the North
Pole (Oak Lawn) and there will be singing and holiday
music on the way home. Be sure to have a camera
because there will be time for pictures at the North Pole.
Register early, this trip is sure to sell out.

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Photo courtesy Orland Park Recreation & Parks
Department

Oswego

Santa on the Oswego Holiday Trolley Express
Thursday, December 6th, Friday, December 7th,
Saturday December 8th,
Sunday, December 9th, 2017
Times: Thursday 4pm and
6pm
Friday 4pm and 6pm
Saturday 2 pm, 4pm and 6pm
Sunday 2pm, 4pm and 6pm
Trips departs: Santa Station
South Point
810 Preston Lane
Oswego, IL 60543
Sponsor: Oswegoland Park District
(630) 554-1010
Registration required
For additional information click on the following LINK
Cost: $15 residents; $25 non-residents
Enjoy the Polar Express story on the way to the North
Pole where you will meet Santa Claus, see real reindeer
and sip hot cocoa and warm yourself by the fire. These
Holiday Trolley Express trips are not train rides, they
are motorized trolley trips.

 

Palatine

Palatine North Pole Express
Saturday, December 1st,
2018
Times: First trip - meet at station at 9 am - departs 9:24
am returns 12:25 pm Second trip - meet at
station at 11 am - departs 11:24 am returns 2:25 pm
Trips departs: Palatine Union Pacific
Station 137
West
Wood
Palatine, IL 60067
Sponsor: Palatine Park District
(847) 991-0333
pre-registration required
For additional information click on this LINK
Cost: $23 resident; $29 nonresidents;
Palatine children and their parents get to take the journey
to the North Pole, Woodstock Illinois where they will be
meeting Santa Claus. There will be cookie decorating
and holiday stories and a goody bag for the little ones
during the stay in Woodstock. Please note, this is a very
popular trip and sells out quickly

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Photo courtesy Palatine
Park District

Park Ridge

Santa on the Park Ridge Holiday Express
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Times: 8:30am to
11am
Trip departs: Park Ridge Dee Road Metra
Station 950 Busse
Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Sponsor: Park Ridge Recreation & Park District
(847) 692-5127
registration required
www.prparks.org
Cost: $21 resident; $31 nonresidents
Hop on the Holiday Express where Park Ridge children
and their parents get to take the journey to Santa's barn,
Harvard, Illinois. Enjoy refreshments, holiday games and
Christmas Carols. Santa joins in the fun on these trips
both ways. These trips are very popular and fill up
quickly.

 

Plainfield

Santa on the Journey to the North Pole
Friday, December
7th
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Times: 5pm to 7:40pm - there are multiple wagon
departures starting at 5pm
Four Seasons Park
22500 Lockport Street - West of I-55
Plainfield, IL 60544
Sponsor: Plainfield Park District
For information: (815) 436-8812 Ext. 35
registration required
For additional information click on this LINK
Cost: Residents - $9 - non-residents - $12
Put on something warm and get ready to journey to the
North Pole on a wagon ride. Along the way some holiday
songs will be sung. Upon arrival you’ll find Santa and his
elves waiting to see the kids. Cookies and cocoa will be
served by the campfire and there will be a silver bell for
each child. Please note these are not real trips on a
train, these are hayrack wagon trips at Four Seasons
Park.

 

Rosemont

Santa on the North Pole Adventure Train Ride
Sunday, November 26th
Sunday,
December 3rd, 2017
Times: Two departures each day - Morning train: check in
10:15 am; Afternoon train: check in 2:15 pm
All Trips depart: Des Plaines Metra Station
1501 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Sponsor: Des Plaines Park District
(847) 823-6685
Registration required - register between Aug. 24th to Oct.
24th
Age: small children and up
www.rosemontparkdistrict.com
Cost: $22 residents; $27 non-residents
Hop on the Adventure Train and travel to the North Pole
where you will meet Santa. Along the way listen to the
Polar Express story, enjoy holiday songs, games,
chocolate milk and cookies.

 

Round Lake

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Times: 12:07pm - 1:37pm and 1:56pm - 3:26pm
Trip departs: Round Lake Metra Station
Route 134 and Cedar Lake Road
Round Lake, IL 60073
Sponsor: Round Lake Area Park District
Park District contact Jessica Desends
(847) 546-8558
Registration required - begins October 8th for residents
& October 19th for non-residents
Age 1 year and up
www.roundlakeareaparkdistrict.org
Cost: $22 residents & non-residents
Take a trip on the magical Polar Express Storytime Train
to the North Pole—Round Lake to Fox Lake and back.
The children will hear the classic story, sing Christmas
songs, enjoy snacks and best of all, ride back with Santa
Claus. Space is very limited for this event–book early.

 

Skokie

Santa on the North Pole Express
Saturday, November 24th, 2018
Times: Two trips - 9am and 1pm
Trips departs: Glenview Metra Station
1021 Depot Avenue
Glenview, IL
Sponsor: Skokie Park District
9300 Weber Park Place
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 674-1500
registration required
Cost: $16 residents; $18 non-residents
www.SkokieParkDistrict.org
Hop on Skokie’s North Pole Express (leaving from the
Glenview Metra Station) to the North Pole (also known as
Fox Lake) and enjoy cookies and chocolate milk. Enjoy
carols and chocolate milk. Santa gets on the train at the
North Pole and rides back with the kids. Space is limited
—early registration recommended.

 

South Elgin

Santa on the South Elgin Polar Express
Saturday, November 24th, December 1st, 8th,15th &
22nd
Sunday, November 18th & 25th, December 2nd, 9th, &
16th, 2018
Departure Times: 2:05pm, 3:15pm, 4:25pm, 5:35pm and
6:45pm
Trips departs: Fox River Trolley Museum
Sponsor: Fox River Trolley Museum
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve station
361 S. LaFox Street—Illinois Route 31
South Elgin, IL 6017
(312) 473-0993
For additional information
click on the following LINK
email for reservation questions:
foxtrolleytickets@foxtrolley.org
Cost: Adults and children $35 per ticket except for the
Saturday, December, 22nd, 5:35pm and 6:45pm trains
which are $40.
This is another opportunity for children to make the
exciting trip to the North Pole where they will find Santa
waiting at the Fox River Trolley Museum. There will be
caroling, cocoa, entertainment, cookies and a small gift
for each child. This trip is approximately one hour long

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Photo courtesy Fox River
Trolley Museum

St. Charles

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 1st & 8th
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Times: Click on the following LINK & scroll down to
page 15 for info.
LaFox Metra Station
40 West 999 Keslinger Road
Kane County, IL
Sponsor: St. Charles Park District
(630) 584-1055
registration required
www.stcparks.org
Cost: $29 - non-residents $44 Catch a train ride to meet
the jolly 'ol fellow and enjoy a delicious meal with your
family at Gino's East in Wheaton. Santa will share his
favorite story, the Polar Express. Don't wait to book,
these trips all fill up early

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Photo Courtesy Park District of Oak Park

Streamwood

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Trolley
Sunday, December 16th, 2018
Times: Check with the Streamwood Park District for
departure times
Tickets must be purchased in person at
the Park Place registration counter
550 S Park Blvd, Streamwood, IL 60107
Sponsor: Streamwood Park District
Contact Lauren Kabrick - (630) 483-3132
registration
required
http://www.spdcares.com
LJochem@spdcares.com for more info.
Cost: $16 for participants12 and over; $18 for
participants 11 and younger
Based on the book The Polar Express by Chris Van
Allsburg, the Streamwood Park District Polar Express
Storytime Trolley will be heading to the North Pole. Hear
the story of The Polar Express, sing Christmas Carols,
and meet you know who at the North Pole. This is a trip
for all good boys, girls, and their parents. A snack and
juice will be provided for all participants at the North Pole.
Have your cameras ready. Each child will have an
opportunity to meet with Santa and receive a goody bag.
Please remember to dress for the weather; as this is an
outdoor trip. All ages are welcome.

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Photo courtesy Streamwood Park
District

Tinley Park

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Train Departure Times: 11:20 am, 1:20 pm & 3:20 pm
Trips departs: Tinley Park Metra Station
18001 S. 80th Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Sponsor: Tinley Park Park District
(708) 342-4200
registration required, online registration not available
www.tinleyparkdistrict.org
Cost: Residents $14
non-residents $18
Tinley Park has an exciting Polar Express Storytime Train
trip to the North Pole (Joliet) where the children will meet
Santa Claus. The Polar Express story will be read on the
outward trip while the little ones enjoy Christmas cookies.
The merriment continues on the ride back with Santa.
Remember to bring a camera. Children 9 months or
younger don't need a ticket. This program is very
popular - book early

Union

Santa at the Happy Holiday Railway in Union
Saturday, November 24th, December 1st, 8th & 15th
Sunday, November 25th,December 2nd, 9th & 16th,
2018
Times: Saturday & Sundays1:30pm, 2:30pm 3:30pm and
5pm
Sponsor: Illinois Railway Museum
7000 Olson Road
Union, IL 60180
(815) 923-4391
www.irm.org
Cost: $18 per person - for additional information
For four special weekends in November and December
children and families get to take an exciting train trip
through dramatic and strikingly beautiful light displays to
visit Santa Claus and his elves on the train. During the
trip there will be hot chocolate and cookies. At the end of
the 40 minute ride, kids will receive a small gift from the
old fellow. Tickets are on sale online. Plan to arrive no
earlier than 30 minutes before your scheduled trip. Note
—passes are not honored for this event. The museum
grounds and buildings are not open on these days.

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Graphic courtesy Illinois
Railway Museum

Vernon Hills

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Trip Times
9:42 am - 11:10 am
11:42 am - 1:10 pm
1:42 pm - 3:10 pm
Trips departs: Libertyville Metra Station
200 W. Lake Street
(Lake Street at Milwaukee Avenue)
Sponsor: Vernon Hills Park District
(847) 996-6935
www.vhparkdistrict.org/
Cost: Residents: $20 - non-residents $25, children must
be 2 or older
This Polar Express ride takes everyone from the
Libertyville Metra Station to the North Pole (Fox Lake)
where you will meet with Santa Claus and he will ride
back with you. There will be the "Polar Express" story
based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. In addition
there will be plenty of fun and goodies for everyone.
Please note—this event is sure to sell out!

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Santa boarding the Vernon Hills Polar Express
Photo courtesy Vernon Hills Park District

Warrenville

Santa on the Warrenville Polar Express Train
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Times: 4:20pm to 5:20pm & 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Trip departs: Fox River Trolley Museum
Fox River Trolley Museum
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve station
361 S. LaFox Street—Illinois Route 31
South Elgin, IL 6017
Sponsor: Warrenville Park District
3 S 260 Warren Avenue
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 393-7279
registration required
www.warrenvilleparks.org
Cost: Adults and children $33 per ticket
The Polar Express story comes alive on this trip they will
find Santa waiting at the North Pole River Trolley
Museum. There will be songs, hot chocolate,
entertainment, cookies and a good time for all the
children. All ages are welcome. Book early for this
popular program.

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Photo courtesy
Warrenville Park District

West Chicago

Santa on the West Chicago Polar Express
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Times: Train #1 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Train #2 5:15pm -
7:15pm
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early.
Trips depart: West Chicago Train Station, 508 West Main
Street
West Chicago IL 60185
Sponsor: West Chicago Park District
For information: contact Mary Lester (630) 231-9474

email: mlester@wegoparks.org
www.we-goparks.org
Registration required - resident registration begins
Monday November 5th; Non-resident
registration begins Thursday, December 6th.
Cost: Residents - $18; non-residents $23
All aboard! Your journey is about to begin. This trip is
based on the book “The Polar Express”, by Chris Van
Alsburg and will be going from West Chicago to the North
Pole. Enjoy the “The Polar Express” story, the legend of
Santa Claus, sing Christmas carols, and meet you-knowwho at the North Pole. Each child will receive a drink,
cookies, and a gift from Santa. Children can wear
pajamas and bring a teddy bear. Please note, this event
always sells out!

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Photo courtesy West
Chicago Park District

Westmont

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Times: 11 am to 12:30 pm & 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Trips departs: Westmont Metra Train Station
1 West Quincy Street (Quincy & N. Cass Avenue)
Sponsor: Westmont Park District
Westmont Center
1 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-5252
registration required - Deadline Nov. 30th
www.wpd4fun.org
Cost: Residents $18; non-residents $29
Everyone meets at the Westmont Center where the
“Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg will be read. The
next stop is the Westmont Metra Train Station for the trip
to the North Pole—Aurora, where the kids will meet
Santa and his elves and enjoy refreshments. There will
be music and entertainment on the return trip.

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Photo courtesy
Wesmont Park Distric

Wheaton

Santa on the Wheaton Santa Express
Saturday, December 8th &
15th Sunday,
December 9th, 2018
Times: Clink on this LINK to the Museum website for
times
Trip departs: Wheaton Metra Train Station
402 W. Front Street
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Sponsors: DuPage County Historical Museum and
Wheaton Park District
Cost: Adults $20; Children $20
Join Kidz Kingdom and the DuPage County Historical
Museum for a very special train ride. All aboard as the
train departs the Wheaton station for a special visit to the
"North Pole" with Santa. Come dressed in your pajamas
and enjoy milk and cookies while you listen to stories and
sing Christmas carols. Take photos with Santa while you
tell him what you want for Christmas! Please note:
These trips are very popular and sell out early.

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Photo courtesy Wheaton
Park Distric

Willowbrook

Santa on the Polar Express Storytime Train
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Two trains: 9am to 12:55pm & 1pm to 4:55pm
Trips departs: Hinsdale Metra Train Station
21 E. Hinsdale Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Sponsor: Willowbrook Parks & Recreation Department
For information call the
Burr Ridge Park District (630) 920-1969
www.willowbrookil.org
Pre-registration required
Cost: $52 residents, $57 non-residents
Enjoy a holiday favorite—a trip from the Hinsdale train
station to the North Pole where everyone will enjoy a
buffet breakfast. Here the children meet with Santa, have
a picture taken and enjoy holiday crafts and
entertainment plus they take home a gift. This program is
done in cooperation with the Burr Ridge Park District.

Winfield

Santa on the Winfield Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Time: 2:45 - 4 pm
Trip departs: Fox River Trolley Museum
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve station
361 S. LaFox Street—Illinois Route 31
South Elgin, IL 6017
Sponsor: Winfield Park District
(630) 653-3811 ext. 115 Abbie Bryant
registration required
www.winfieldparkdistrict.com
Cost: $31 residents, $36 non-residents
Kids, get on the Polar Express and have a magical trip to
the North Pole. Snack snacking on cookies and cocoa,
hear the Polar Express story and sing Christmas songs.
There will be plenty of time for pictures and visits with
Santa.
Note—This trip books up quickly.

Wood Dale

Train Ride with Santa in Wood Dale
Friday, December ? & Saturday, December ? 2018
Times: Friday, 6pm - 8:30pm Saturday, 8:45am - 11:45am
Trip departs: Wooddale Metra Train station
199 Division Street
Wood Dale, IL 60191
Sponsor: Wood Dale Park District
(630) 595-9333
registration required
http://wooddaleparkdistrict.org
Cost: Call the Wooddale Park District
Join a memorable holiday train ride to the North Pole.
Children will enjoy milk and cookies as well as a special
visit with Santa on the train. The Polar Express story will
be read during the trip. Note the dates for this event
won't be know until Sept. 17th.
Please note—all of the above events are subject to
change without notice

 

Please note—all of the above events are subject to
change without notice