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Make it a “Polar Express” Weekend

by Casey | Posted on November 14th, 2011

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 in Roanoke

Santa Arrives by Rail in Roanoke

The Science Museum of Virginia, located in Richmond, will be showingThe Polar Express in the IMAX®DOME from November 25 through December 31. $9
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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 9 at 7 p.m., December 10 at 2, 5 and 7 p.m., and December 11 at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. Reservations required. $10
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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. Offered Monday through Thursday, November 28 to December 22. $10
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Now in his eighth year of traveling the Norfolk & Southern rails, Santa will once again be arriving by train in Roanoke! The big day is December 3 and you’re invited to join in the festivities – snacks, crafts, stories, and more. Reservations are required for this special time with Santa. $8 or $7 if you bring a donation for Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
- Book the Train Lover’s Package at nearby Hotel Roanoke.

In Winchester, The Polar Express will be playing at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and will feature a real conductor to welcome guests at every showing. Available November 28 through December 9. Tickets are $3, or for $5 you’ll also get hot chocolate, cookies, coloring sheets, and a commemorative ticket.
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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!

 

** Updated from the original post dated November 12, 2010.



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