Your trip to the North Pole begins at the Midwest Central Railroad’s North Depot in McMillan Park in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. You will need to arrive about 20 minutes before the event begins to pick up your official tickets at the North Depot and receive your coach assignments for the train. Railroad conductors will help you board the express train to your destination and find your seat on the coaches. As you ride through the wintery countryside on the way to the North Pole you will listen to The Polar Express story written by Chris Van Allsburg. When the story is finished you will have arrived at the North Pole.
Once you arrive at the North Pole, there are many activities in which to participate. On the top of most children’s to-do lists is a visit to Railroad Santa, located in the Christmas Caboose at the North Pole. Children can share their Christmas wish lists with Santa; and children and adults alike will receive a silver bell from Santa – just be careful not to let the bell slip through a hole in your pocket! Only those who truly believe will be able to hear the bell ring.
The event lasts approximately two hours, including the train ride to the North Pole, the visit to the North Pole, and the train ride back to the North Depot.
Activities at the North Pole take place in Midwest Central Railroad’s South Station, so you will be indoors, but only some parts of the building are heated, so please dress warmly for your visit. The coaches on the train are not heated.
Tickets $25 Everyone over the age of 18 months must have a ticket.