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Polar Express returns to Heber Valley

Submitted by The Heber Valley Railroad

Eight years before Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., released "The Polar Express" on the big screen, the Heber Valley Railroad was already bringing to life Chris Van Allsburg’s award winning book on board Utah’s only historic railroad. Now in its 12th year, the railroad has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Utah families for a once a year visit to the "North Pole."

"Each year, we work to enhance the experience and make it more exciting," said Craig Lacey, executive director of the Heber Valley Railroad. "This year we’ve added a first class experience including a souvenir golden ticket, ceramic mug and a special bell." On this magical journey, guests on board the train will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while reading along or listening to this classic, award-winning storybook. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will board the train and greet the passengers along the return route. Each child will receive their own jingle bell, just like the story.

"To give as many families as possible the opportunity to ‘go to the North Pole,’ we start making the journey the weekend before Thanksgiving" says Lacey. "Trains fill up early so we recommend ordering as soon as possible."

The Polar Express departs for the North Pole from the Heber Valley Railroad Depot at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 21 and running through Dec. 23 (no trains on Thanksgiving and Sundays). Tickets for this popular family tradition are available at Smith’s Tix by calling (800) 888-8499, at the Heber Valley Railroad depot at 450 South 600 West, Heber City, or by visiting http://www.hebervalleyrailroad.org.

Tickets for the Polar Express are $32 for adults, $29 for seniors and $21 for children 3-12. Discounts are also available for select evenings. First Class Fares are $47 for adults, $44 for seniors and $36 for children. For more information about The Polar Express or the Heber Valley Railroad, visit http://www.hebervalleyrailroad.org or call (435) 654-5601.