CARSON CITY, Nev. – Prepare your pajamas as V&T Railway is celebrating the return of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Carson City this 2021 holiday season. After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the railway is now selling tickets to this immersive family-oriented experience at Eastgate Depot. Popular dates and times are expected to fill quickly, but seats are now available for departures beginning Nov. 19, 2021, and continuing through Dec. 24, 2021. Tickets are available at vtrailway.com and guests are encouraged to book soon as this beloved holiday tradition is expected to sell out.
“V&T Railway Commission is so excited to bring back this holiday tradition in a safe and clean environment. We all missed the presence of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride last year and you could feel it in the region,” said David Peterson, Commission Chair. “This year’s train will continue the beloved ride to The North Pole and you can expect to see all your favorite characters once again.”
The adventure comes to life when the train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. Once on board, the conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, characters on each car lead fantastic onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Just like the kids in the book, families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!
The ride offers three different car experiences: Coach Car, a new Deluxe Coach Table Car and VIP Car. Also new this year is a private room in the Deluxe Coach Table Car offering a private experience for up to 15 guests. Masks are required while onboard and inside the train depot per government regulations. Ticketing is tiered with standard rates Nov. 19 through Dec. 16, 2021, and premium dates starting Dec. 17, 2021, and running through Dec. 24, 2021. Tickets start at just $35 for children and range up to $85 per person, based on date and selected passenger car. Exact dates, times, and fares are available by visiting vtrailway.com.
Credentialed press members and influencers covering the event are welcome to our Media Night Nov. 18, 2021. Please contact Allyson Bolton at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets for your group if you qualify.
V&T Railway is seeking energetic and animated actors, actresses and singers to be a part of the magic. Those interested may attend a casting call in Carson City at Adams Hub located at 111 W. Proctor Street, Carson City NV. Casting call dates are Tues., Sept. 28, and Wed., Sept. 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Performers only need attend one date but must stay for the entire three-hour period. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian attend for the entirety of the entire casting call.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit vtrailway.com or call 833-RAILSNV. For the latest updates on V&T Railway, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
About THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Official THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides are licensed by Rail Events Inc. on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Since 2007, Rail Events Inc. has held exclusive license to operate THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
About THE POLAR EXPRESS Book
THE POLAR EXPRESS film is based on Chris Van Allsburg’s classic Christmas picture book, which tells the story of a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. First published by the Houghton Mifflin Company in 1985, The Polar Express became an instant family favorite and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. In 1986 it won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Illustration.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, the Wizarding World, Looney Tunes, and Hanna-Barbera.
The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About Rail Events Inc.
Rail Events Inc. is the industry leader in rail-related special events management. In 2019, the company licensed events that hosted over 1.4 million guests at 54 partner railroads in the US, Canada, and the UK. Rail Events Inc. and Rail Events Productions are wholly owned subsidiaries of American Heritage Railways, which is the premier operator of heritage railroads in the United States.
About V&T Railway
V&T Railway, located in Carson City, Nev., is a state funded, historical railroad that invites guests of any age to enjoy a journey into rich Nevada history while traveling through Nevada’s “wild west” Virginia Mountain Range. With reconstruction efforts beginning in the early 1990’s, the state set up a commission to rebuild the line, operating today as the Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railway. Since inception, the Commission has restored 16-miles of track from Gold Hill into the Carson River Canyon, giving the railway the opportunity for more diverse trains. The rail continues to operate its regular season from May through mid-October, with fully narrated roundtrip train rides from Carson City to Virginia City offering scenic routes and historic sites. The train also features various special events including Toast of the Canyon wine trains and the wildly popular Polar Express. For more information, visit online, connect through Facebook and Instagram or call 833-RAILSNV.