These 10 Insane Polar Express Train Rides Will Make You Wish It Were Christmas Right Now

It's basically Christmas!!!

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Hey! It's almost Christmas! Well, okay, at the time of this post it's middle-to-late October, which is basically Christmas. It's also just about the time you should start buying Polar Express tickets, should that be something you and your fam are into. Here are your very best options!

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Napa Valley Wine Train; California

this year. That means instead of the usual 21-and-over experience, each Santa Train will be a family-friendly affair, with cocoa, freshly baked cookies, and opportunities to help Santa's magic elves.

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Adirondack Scenic Railroad's Polar Express; New York
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Sure, looks great, but what's really spectacular is its Cocoa Class Car. Yes, that means you can literally sit in a first class train car where "hot chocolate chefs" are the hosts: "Families will be served cookies and hot chocolate in souvenir mugs while being seated at table seating." Santa promises to visit every single family on the return trip from the North Pole (Holland Patent, NY) back to Utica, but whatever. Hot chocolate chefs!

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Branson Scenic Railway; Missouri
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Again, I know we're all here for the joy and magic of it all, but Polar Express offers all passengers cookies and hot chocolate. Those who upgrade to premium seating, though, get unlimited refills of hot chocolate ... and however many cookies their hearts desire.

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The Polar Express; Arizona
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This trip occurs through the nighttime wilderness in Arizona, making it extra magical. Santa is waiting for everyone at the North Pole, but before that, you'll listen to Christmas stories WHILE DRINKING HOT CHOCOLATE AND EATING COOKIES.

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Holiday Express ; Across the South and Midwest
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Every holiday season, Rudy, the grinning car at the front of the Polar Express train, leads a group of decorated carriages through parts of , , , , , and a few other states. At each of its stops, passengers can hop on to tour the cars, which are decorated to look like a gingerbread house, an elves' workshop, a reindeer stable, and more of Santa's favorite hangouts. This free event typically makes its first stop in in late November.

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Grapevine Vintage Railroad; Texas
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This perennial classic is so popular, it's unfortunately already sold out for the 2018 holiday season. We can still talk about how great it is though: those who did manage to snag a ticket will get chocolate milk and a cookie to enjoy while playing with a "We Believe" bell given to them by Mrs. Claus.

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North Pole Express; Pennsylvania
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In what has to be the most photogenic version of the Polar Express, the "Santa train is pulled by [a] vintage diesel locomotive." Roaming musicians wander the train caroling while you enjoy—wait for it — hot chocolate and a cookie.

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Train To Christmas Town; Oregon (And 10+ Other Locations)
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The 's Train To Christmas Town has become so popular it runs in a bunch of U.S. locations, as well as across the pond.

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Train Of Lights; California
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It's just so pretty (and there are probably hot chocolate and cookies on board), why wouldn't you want to go?!

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The Elf Limited; West Viriginia
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is a bit more activity-based than other festive train rides. Each "elf" aboard will go through "rigorous tests including packaging, toy combobulation, snowballing, mischief making, reindeer grooming, and who knows what other elfscapades." No word on hot chocolate and cookies here, but chances are they're involved at some point post-elfscapades.

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