Ultimate Guide to Polar Express in Palestine, Texas

Planning a trip to the Polar Express in Palestine, Texas? Here is everything you need to know about the popular Christmas train ride.

Where is Palestine, Texas?

Palestine, Texas is a small town in Anderson County, in the Piney Woods region of East Texas. It is the perfect day trip from Dallas or Houston.

What is the Polar Express, Palestine?

The Polar Express is a Christmas train operated by the Texas State Railroad during the holiday season.

Picking up tickets

Riders need to arrive 45 minutes early and pick up their tickets at the Will Call booth. The magic begins here as you will receive your Golden Tickets just like in the movie!

Christmas Lights and photo ops before the train

The Palestine Railroad Depot, the engine, and the train coaches are all decorated with twinkling lights, wreaths, and ribbons.

All aboard. Choo choo!

The Polar Express magic begins as soon as the vintage steam engine (or diesel engine, depending on which day you go) pulls into the station.

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