Our 2021 North Pole Express Tickets Are Sold Out

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, festive sing-a-longs, 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!

Ride length is approximately 90 minutes

The Magic Is Back!

Our team is so excited to be able to provide this amazing experience for families this year after being on hiatus for the 2020 season. Our staff loves Christmas so much!! Many months of planning, rehearsing and decorating go into this amazing experience and we appreciate your support and share in your excitement going into the holiday season. Given the time and commitment that our staff has put into the event, your tickets for The North Pole Express for the 2021 season are non-refundable and non-cancelable. The credit card provided will be charged the full amount at the time of booking.

We at The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat hold the safety of our customers and employees in the highest regard. For this reason we strongly recommend that everyone visiting our property, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask at all times when they cannot maintain a 6 foot social distance, while boarding and deboarding the trains and while visiting any indoor areas. All unvaccinated guests are required to wear a mask indoors which includes aboard train cars.

We will be following all state and CDC recommendations for masking, sanitizing, and social distancing at the time of your event, so please check in on our website at that time for updates.


Friday, Saturday & Sundays November 19-December 19
Thursday December 23

Departure Times (90 minutes round trip)

4pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm

Saturdays, Sundays, Friday November 26 and Thursday December 23 also have 2pm, 3pm, 3:30pm departures

(Not all size First Class Cars are available at all departure times)


First Class Seating: $75.00 pp
Coach Seating: $45.00 pp

20 seat – $1500; 32 seat – $2400; 36 seat – $2700

64 seats – $2880

16 seats – $1200; 18 seats – $1350

16 seats – $720.00

North Pole Express Rules of the Road

  • All passengers age 2 & older must have a paid ticket. Children under age of 2 may ride free without a ticket but may not occupy a seat. Car carriers and strollers are not permitted on the trains.
  • All sales are final. Due to the high volume of ticket orders, tickets cannot be changed or refunded once purchased. Please ensure availability of the entire group prior to purchasing tickets.
  • To sit together, all tickets must be purchased on one order. Tickets are assigned specific train cars by computer; separate reservations can not be combined to sit together.
  • We cannot honor requests for specific car hosts or characters, as ticket assignments are completed far in advance of the car host schedule and the car host assignment can change right up to the departure time.
  • Trains operate during all weather conditions, but we reserve the right to postpone or cancel any train ride in extreme conditions or should we deem necessary. If a train is postponed, the ticket is good for the following Monday night at the same time.
  • We are 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 the departure. Trains will depart on time and cannot be held for late arriving guests.
  • Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages of their own onto the property or onto the trains. Bags and/or coolers are subject to search. Alcoholic beverages are sold in First Class coaches, and beverages must stay in those locations.
  • The North Pole Express is G-rated family entertainment with an expectation that all guests will compose themselves in a manner befitting the spirit of the night and the enjoyment for all guests.
  • Parents remain responsible for the behavior and safety of their children while on-board the North Pole Express. The Valley Railroad Company, after exhausting all other possibilities for rectification, reserves the right to suspend service and/or entertainment activities within any given rail car should Company management determine that passenger behaviors pose a risk to the safety and well-being of our employees, actors, characters, or equipment, until either the behaviors are rectified, or the train returns to Essex Station.