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  • Create a “Polar Express” Weekend

    by Casey | Posted on November 12th, 2010

    The Polar Express has become a modern-age family tradition, and you can experience it in a number of ways in Virginia.

    Based on the classic Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is an Academy Award®-winning movie about a boy who anxiously awaits Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. As he finally nods off, a thunderous roar awakens him – The Polar Express – bound for the North Pole.

    Santa arrives by rail at the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke

    Santa arrives by rail at the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke

    The Science Museum of Virginia, located in Richmond, will be showing The Polar Express in the IMAX®DOME every afternoon at 2 p.m. from November 26 through January 7.
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    In Clifton Forge, you’re invited to climb aboard a 1932 dining car to enjoy hot cocoa, singing, the reading of The Polar Express, and a ride on the miniature train. PJs and robes encouraged! This exclusive event is offered December 10 at 7 p.m., December 11 at 2 and 7 p.m., and December 12 at 2 p.m. Reservations required.
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    Each year the Norfolk Botanical Garden welcomes families at 5 and 5:30 for a one-hour treat, a reading of The Polar Express, hot chocolate, cookies, and a tram ride through the Garden of Lights holiday display. Several dates are already sold out, so reserve your date and time soon!
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    Now in his seventh year of traveling the Norfolk & Southern rails, Santa will once again be arriving by train in Roanoke! The big day is December 4 and you’re invited to join in the festivities – snacks, crafts, stories, and more. Reservations are required for this 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. special time with Santa.
    - Book the Train Lover’s Package at nearby Hotel Roanoke.

    Treat the kids to a real train ride in Virginia aboard Amtrak. With 22 stations, there’s sure to be one near you. In many instances, you can hop a train and take a one-day round trip. I tried it out to see! My example included departing Staunton bound for the station in Clifton Forge. A one-day round trip is offered and takes just a little over an hour each way. A short jaunt like that will surely be a most memorable experience for your family.

    Hopefully this has sparked your imagination on ways to make new memories with your family. Have a fun-filled season in Virginia!



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