Wondering what the Polar Express hype is all about? Read our mom review first.
Then make sure your internet connection is working properly and set your alarm. Tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. promptly, and exclusively online. The trains routinely sell out in a matter of minutes and the Museum strongly recommends purchasing your seats immediately when they go on sale.
No tickets will be sold by phone or in person.
The Monticello Railway Museum’s Polar Express program will be offered by over four weekends in late November and early December. Dates include Nov. 15-17; Nov. 22-24; Nov. 29-Dec. 1; Dec. 6-8.
Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child.
The train ride is approximately an hour in length. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas.
Only ticketed passengers will have seats reserved. Children under age 2 must ride on an adult’s lap or have their own ticket.
There are four types of tickets. Ticket prices remain the same for 2019 as they were in 2018. (for complete information, visit the MRM website)
- Coach $38
- Deluxe coach $50 (everybody gets a commemorative mug that changes every year, and more attention)
- Dining car in a restored Illinois Central dining car $300 (sold as tables of four; it is fancier and everybody gets a commemorative mug and more attention)
- Private party up to a dozen passengers in a restored Illinois Central business car $1,200 (Santa boards here, gifts to keep)
The Monticello Railway Museum is roughly 20 minutes from Champaign-Urbana, depending on where you live.