The Polar Express™ on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

November 15, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Daily until December 21, 2013
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
800-468-4070Event website

Event Details

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s The Polar Express™ will be offered from November 15 through December 20, 2013 from the Rockside Station in Independence and the Akron Northside Station. Tickets for the popular Polar Express™ will be sold to the general public for the 2013 season beginning Oct 1.  Tickets will be sold through the railroad’s website at starting at 12 am.


This holiday program is based on Chris Van Allsburg’s Caldecott-winning book and Warner Bros. motion picture, The Polar Express™, where a young boy’s trip to the North Pole revives his belief in the Christmas spirit.


Tickets for this enjoyable event will be $43 for everyone ages 1 and up for standard seating and $57 – $77 for an upgraded ticket (available on select nights).  Due to demand, CVSR is releasing more tickets this year than in the past.


Trips depart nightly at 7 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. – with the addition of two new matinee times which will be 10 am and 2 p.m. on December 14 & and 2 pm on December 15th only. Trains depart the station, traveling through Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) all the way to the North Pole and back during the 2-hour journey.


The Polar Express is offered through a license agreement with Rail Events, Inc.   It has been an on-going tradition for families across Northeast Ohio for over 18 years.


Additionally, CVSR   will be collecting winter clothing for local charities at the Rockside Station and Akron Northside Station during the Polar Express Season.  Polar Express train riders can make a difference in the lives of others by bringing new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to the station the night of their program. These items will then be given to local charities to assist those who may need a little help and warmth this holiday season. Charities wishes to participate in the program can contact the railroad at

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