The Polar Express returns to Brightline in December

The Polar Express returns to Brightline in December
Santa Claus greets youngsters during previous year’s ride.

This holiday season, Rail Events Productions and Brightline are celebrating the return of the immersive family-oriented experience The Polar Express train ride at MiamiCentral presented by Walkers Shortbread.

The Polar Express train ride will return beginning Dec. 11 and continue through Dec. 30, departing from Brightline’s MiamiCentral Station. Seats now are available to book. Tickets are available for purchase online at Guests are encouraged to book early as this beloved holiday tradition is expected to sell out.

The adventure of this holiday classic comes to life when the festive Brightline train departs for a journey led by a cast of talented actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of this story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express for a one-hour trip to meet and interact with Santa.

Once aboard, the conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and delicious Walkers Shortbread are served by dancing chefs.

Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg as Santa and his helpers board the train to greet and present each guest with the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, characters on each coach lead fantastic onboard entertainment — just like in the film. Specially choreographed song and dance will take place along with fun games and special character interactions.

Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Like the kids in the book, families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride.

Wondering what’s new in 2021? See below:
• Health measures: The Polar Express train ride will follow all local, state, and federal health orders for the prevention of COVID-19. Please note that face coverings will be required for everyone age 2 and older due to the operation on trains classified as transportation conveyances by the CDC and TSA. Aboard The Polar Express train ride, all staff and performers will be vaccinated against COVID-19 and also are required to wear face coverings throughout the duration of the experience. Please view the complete face covering policy at

• Updated show content: The creative team spent the year off refreshing the show for new and returning riders. It’s still The Polar Express experience everyone loves — just with a fresh new script and surprises for 2021.

• Onboard treat: Walkers Shortbread is the Official Onboard Treat of The Polar Express train ride in Miami. Visit the Walkers Online Shop and use Coupon Code POLARMIA to save 20 percent on your next order of Walkers Shortbread. Offer expires 1/31/22. Offer not valid on sale items.

• One station location: Note that the event has been consolidated to one location at MiamiCentral Station located at 600 NW First Ave. in Downtown Miami. Event parking is available in the official Brightline parking garage at 161 NW Sixth St. (Entrance is located on northwest corner of First Court). Fort Lauderdale will not host The Polar Express Train Ride departures in 2021.

Exact dates, times, and fares are available by visiting

Ticket prices range from $50 to $70, depending on the ticket type, date, and time of the ride.

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