North Pole Express

All Aboard: Essex Steam Train teams up with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for the Holidays, providing the best gift of all — quality healthcare.

Essex Steam Train established a $25,000 matching gift fund, and invites train riders to double this gift by making a small donation when buying tickets to the popular North Pole Express or Santa Special.

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Board our locomotive-powered sleigh…for a magical nighttime journey to the North Pole. Every coach becomes a stage for a LIVE, musical performance of The Night Before Christmas. Celebrate the spirit of the season with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate and sugar cookies.

Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. Children are invited to wear their favorite PAJAMAS. Make sure those PJs are warm and cozy…it’s cold up at the North Pole!

On Sale Dates for 2015 Tickets

Private First Class Cars
(20 Seat and 32 Seat Purchases):
TBD @ 9:00 am (Phone Only)
Private Coach Class Cars
(60 Seat Purchases):
TBD @ 9:00 am (Phone Only)
Individual First Class Seats: TBD @ 9:00 am (Online)
Individual Coach Seats: TBD @ 9:00 am (Online)

First Class Tickets: TBD (all passengers / all seats)
(Individual Upholstered Arm Chairs / Cash Beverage Service)
First Class Cars seat 32 (5:00 / 5:35 / 7:00 / 7:35 departures) and 20 (5:35 / 7:35 departures only)

Coach Class Tickets: TBD (all passengers / all seats) 
(Padded Bench Seating)
Coach Cars seat 60 (5:00 / 5:35 / 7:00 / 7:35 departures)

Children under two ride free when seated on an adult lap – no ticket required.

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X – No Departure

Departures: 5:00 pm / 5:35 pm / 7:00 pm / 7:35 pm

NPE Notes:

If you wish to have your group all be in the SAME CAR, you must purchase all tickets for your group on ONE ORDER. Coach car assignments are generated at random by computer and due to the high volume, cannot be changed once assigned. Your tickets will have your car assignment printed on it.

There are no refunds or exchanges. Please ensure your availability and that of your ENTIRE GROUP prior to purchasing tickets. We encourage you to have multiple dates and times ready to order in case your first choice is not available.

Sales are not final until payment is received. Tickets in your shopping cart are not reserved or taken from inventory until payment has been applied and you are assigned an order number and sent an email confirmation.

Tickets will be mailed to the address on your order starting TBD

The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is not responsible for travel delays caused by accidents, road closures, road construction, weather, etc… Please use your judgment and allow ample travel time to arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure. Trains will depart on time and cannot be held for late arriving guests.

Trains operate during all weather conditions, but we reserve the right to postpone or cancel any train ride in extreme situations. If we must postpone a departure due to extreme conditions, your ticket will be valid the following Monday at the same time. Otherwise your ticket is only Valid for the date and time on your ticket.

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