1“It’s a most wonderful time of the year!” Yes, because in Ely it is time for Nevada Northern Railway’s award-winning Polar Express.

Licensed by Warner Bros., it’s been voted “Best Special Event in Rural Nevada” by readers of Nevada Magazine. Enjoy a magical journey to the North Pole on the Polar Express.

On the way, servers will treat passengers with hot chocolate and cookies. And then the story of the Polar Express is read aloud to all of the passengers. At the conclusion of the story, the train arrives at the North Pole! Santa Claus will board the train at the North Pole and greet all passengers. And if you Believe, his trusty helper will give you a silver bell! Don’t forget your cameras! Passengers of all ages are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring blankets. For information either visit the railroad’s website www.nnry.com or give them a call at 775-289-2085.

There are a variety of other things to do and places to visit while enjoying your time in Ely. Events like the Festival of Trees at the Convention Center and places like the Ely Art Bank, White Pine Public Museum and Cave Lake are just a few. Lehman Caves and Great Basin National Park are less than an hour away. Pick up a Visitors Guide at the railroad – and maybe a few tax-free souvenirs, too. For more info: White Pine Tourism & Recreation (Convention Center), 775-289-3720, www.elynevada.net; White Pine Chamber of Commerce, 775-289-8877, www.whitepinechamber.com; and Ely Renaissance Society (Art Bank), www.elyrenaissance.com.

“There’s no place like home for the holidays!” We hope you enjoy your home away from home while you’re here. And please do come back and visit us again! We pride ourselves in Ely being your place for a hometown holiday tradition. Happy Rails and Happy Holidays to You.