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Polar Express Fact Sheet


The Polar Express™ brings the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg to life. The Railway’s journey is a nighttime trip from Williams through the starlit wilderness to the North Pole. Passengers are treated to a special reading of The Polar Express while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies.

At the North Pole, passengers are welcomed by Santa Claus and his reindeer just before Santa boards for the return trip to Williams Depot. On the way back to Williams, Santa makes his way through the train, greeting every child and presenting each one with a special gift – a jingle bell signifying children’s belief in Santa Claus.


The Polar Express™ departs Williams Depot at 5:30 p.m & 7:30 p.m. On select dates, a matinee departure at 3:30 p.m. is available. The Polar Express™ schedule can be viewed HERE.


Grand Canyon Railway
233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd.
Williams, Ariz.


Grand Canyon Railway operates daily train service between Williams, Ariz. and the Grand Canyon. The Railway offers four distinct classes of service, as well as money-saving packages featuring the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams. Overnight stays at the Grand Canyon also can be included in the packages. Grand Canyon Railway is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service and the Kaibab National Forest.


For more information on Grand Canyon Railway’s The Polar Express™ and reservations, call 1-888-848-3511 or visit

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