North Pole Express

Thank you one and all,

Thank you to everyone for making this years North Pole Express an event to remember. There were many smiling faces and joyful times shared all around. The Milwaukee 261 and 32A are put to away in the barn and all the cars are bundled up for a long winters rest.

We look forward to see you next year on the North Pole Express. If you missed this years North Pole Express, sign up for our email list and we will let you know right away when tickets go on sale for 2022!

Santa Claus

Coach Class

  • Carhost service and entertainment
  • Visit from Santa
  • Ride to North Pole in vintage railcar
  • Holiday treat

First Class

  • Exclusive seating in vintage lounge railcar
  • Priority boarding
  • Visit from Santa
  • Ride to North Pole
  • Holiday Gift Bag

Coach Class

  • Carhost service and entertainment
  • Visit from Santa
  • Ride to North Pole in vintage railcar
  • Holiday treat

First Class

  • Exclusive seating in vintage lounge railcar
  • Priority boarding
  • Visit from Santa
  • Ride to North Pole
  • Holiday Gift Bag

Arriving at North Pole Express

Please allow plenty of time to travel, park and walk to the Ticket Check in counter in Union Depot.  There are many one-way and limited-access streets around Union Depot.  Once you arrive at Union Depot plan on walking – the majestic building covers several city blocks!  Take time to explore the art and history inside the building.

Use the map to the right to locate the Union Depot Entrance and parking.

Detailed instructions may be found here

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European Christmas Market

European Christmas Market looks a little different this year, but is just as exciting as ever.

Hub for the Holidays

Will the 261 be pulling the train?

Yes, the 261 Will be pulling the North Pole Express December 3-5, 2021

When Does the North Pole Express run?

The North Pole Express runs December 3-5 & 9-12, 2021

Thursdays & Fridays 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturdays 10:00 am to 7:30 pm

Sundays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

How long is the North Pole Express?

The North Pole Express is a 1 and a half hour long experiance with about a 1 hour train ride to the North Pole included in that time.

Boarding and check in times?

Check in will begin 1 hour befor each train time, boarding will begin 15 minutes prior to departure. Like air lines gates close 5 minutes prior to departure.

Do I need a mask?

Currently, a mask recommanded but is not required. If things should change we will notify ticketed passengers via email.

Do I need a ticket for my newborn/infant/child?

Yes, all passengers, young and old need a ticket. this way we are able to make sure we provide enough treats for everyone.

Where do I get my tickets?

All passengers must check in at the ticket counter located in the Concourse directly above the Kellogg Blvd entry

Can I bring a stroller?

Yes, there will be a safe secure place to park you stroller while on the North Pole Express

I lost my confirmation email!?

Send us an email with your Full name, current email, date of your train ride and we will send you another confirmation email. Email us.

Is the North Pole Express ADA accessible?

The North Pole Express does have limited ADA accessibility. Please notify us of the train time you are riding and we will make sure to assist you as best we are able. Contact us.


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