Do you have a Polar Express fan in your life who lives in the Champaign-Urbana area, but missed out on getting those Monticello Railway Museum Polar Express tickets when they went on sale in (gulp) June? (You’re not alone- those tickets SELL LIKE HOTCAKES!)
If you’re still looking for ways to experience the magic of Polar Express in Champaign-Urbana, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the movie’s magic in the Champaign-Urbana area this holiday season, in ways that won’t break your budget.
1. Throw your own Polar Express party at home. Check out the movie and/or book from the library, or buy them (if you have Amazon Prime, the DVD was on available as low as $6.00* when we last checked). The Polar Express website has its own printable party kit, and there are also plenty of ideas on Pinterest.
2. Lunch with Santa on the Train. It’s not the Polar Express experience, but the next best thing – some tickets still remain for lunch with Santa on the Train in Monticello. There’s a train ride, a visit with Santa, and even a sack lunch. At $15 per person, a bargain (but don’t expect a fancy lunch!).
3. Go to a special Polar Express storytime. The Barnes and Noble special Storytime Pajama Party on Friday, Dec. 7 will feature a reading of The Polar Express, fun, holiday-themed activities for children and families to enjoy, and the chance to receive a free Christmas ornament, while supplies last.
4. Take a road trip to board a Polar Express train (kind of) near you. OK, so it’s a lot further away, but there are still a few tickets to be had (last we checked) at the Polar Express experience in Chicago that leaves from Union Station. You can even take the train there from Champaign-Urbana. If you’re willing to go after Christmas, plenty of seats available.
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