Courtesy photos The Polar Express train will run from Ely to the North Pole beginning Saturday.

Courtesy photos
The Polar Express train will run from Ely to the North Pole beginning Saturday.

The Nevada Northern Railway Museum transforms into Chris Van Allsburg’s classic children’s book, the Polar Express, this Christmas season.

Children of all ages are welcome on a special ride from Ely to the North Pole. Hot chocolate and cookies are served while listening to the Polar Express story and music from the Polar Express soundtrack.

Santa’s helpers are on board, and Santa Claus awaits the train’s arrival at the North Pole, where he presents children with the special gift of a silver bell.

“You’ll want to make this a Christmas tradition,” said Mark Bassett, director of the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. “Kids will get to hear a great story, join in on caroling and of course the big event is to meet Santa. “

Santa Claus greets the train when it arrives at the North Pole and presents the children on board with a special gift.

Santa Claus greets the train when it arrives at the North Pole and presents the children on board with a special gift.

This fun holiday gathering has been voted as the “Best Special Event in Rural Nevada” by readers of Nevada Magazine three years in a row.

The Polar Express rides depart on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Daily operations run Nov. 19 through Dec. 28.

These are popular trains and do sell out, therefore reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are $39 for adults and $20 for children ages 4 to 12. Toddlers under 3 are free.

Go to nnry.com for a complete schedule, rates and to make a reservation, or call the Nevada Northern Railway Museum at 775-289-2085.