Believe Holiday Magic on The Polar Express

BRYSON CITY — Over 84,000 passengers rode The Polar Express with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad last year and the staff is hoping to see everyone again this year.

The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole.

Set to the sounds of the Polar Express motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting.

Santa will board The Polar Express, greeting each child and will present them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

The Polar Express is now running and operates through Dec. 31.

The 2017 new pajamas feature classic Polar Express images which appeal to both kids and adults. Families will keep warm and cozy while riding The Polar Express to the North Pole. Purchase them at

There are also several options for Polar Express merchandise to enjoy such as the Polar plush polar bear that comes with a blue fleece scarf with metallic gold print. Coordinating metallic gold/blue embroidered “PE” foot patch. 12” height x 10” width x 9” depth. Includes hang tag. $18 each.

Also offered is a fleece throw for $23.99, a beanie bear and blanket combo pack for $34 and a Polar Express Lanyard, which are $6 each.
Guests may add any merchandise to their reservation whether they book online or by phone.


Attendees should arrive at 45 Mitchell St. in Bryson City. To register, call (800) 872-4681 or visit

Tickets range from $62-$84 for adults, and $44-$64 for children older than 2.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.