The beloved children's book "The Polar Express" made a lasting impression on many when it was published in 1985. Perhaps that's why so many people now associate train rides with the holiday season. If you're a fan of the book, and can still hear those crystal-clear bells, there are many opportunities to have your own holiday train ride adventure this winter.
For a true "Polar Express" experience, check out Medina Railroad Museum's Polar Express Train Ride. Read along with the story, meet Santa, sing carols, and enjoy hot cocoa and treats. A special gift will be offered to each child, and pajamas are encouraged. Rides will run Saturdays and Sundays November 24 through December 23. Departure times 3:30 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and 5:55 p.m. Tickets cost $23-$45. Rides leave from the Medina Depot at 530 West Ave. in Medina. For more information call 798-6106 or visit railroadmuseum.net.
Visit the New York Museum of Transportation for Holly Trolley rides on an authentic 85-year-old trolley car Saturdays and Sundays November 24 through December 16. Rides operate every half-hour starting at 11:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The ride will feature a stop at Remelt's Evergreen Acres, giving visitors an opportunity to view Christmas trees, wreaths, and decorations. No reservations required. Price included with museum admission, $4-$5. The museum is located at 6393 E. River Road, Rush. For info check 533-1113 or nymtmuseum.org.
Another option is to visit with Santa with the Finger Lakes Railway and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society. On Saturday, November 24, trains will run on the former New York Central Railroad "Auburn Road" branch line for a 12-mile journey from Shortsville to Canandaigua that will last one hour. Departures are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. Snacks, beverages, and gift items will be sold at the station and onboard trains. Tickets cost $12. Departs from the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society, 8 E. High St., Shortsville. 869-1498. lvrrhs.org.