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Where To Ride The ‘Polar Express’ In Metro Detroit


All aboard! The train is leaving the station and Santa awaits. Bring the Polar Express alive with a magical holiday ride at one of these metro Detroit destinations.


Holiday Express (Clinton Township)

Clinton Township Recreation and the Michigan Transit Museum recreate the magical Holiday Express train ride for children of all ages. The Polar Express story will be read as the train begins its journey, while families feast on hot chocolate & cookies, sing carols and more!


Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh)

Take a 30 minute train ride to see Santa, spend about an hour visiting and then take a 30-minute ride back. Trains are nearly 100 years old and not heated so bundle up for a weekend adventure beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving.


Spicer Orchards (Fenton)

The train to see Santa runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas at Spicer Orchard. Santa will be available for photos at the workshop and Mrs. Claus is on hand to help with the camera if needed. After your special visit, warm up with cider and donuts around the bonfire as you recount the fun had with Santa! You can also stock up on more sweet treats and holiday goodies from the Spicer Market.


Michigan Steam Train (Owosso)

The North Pole Express will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting on November 20th and concluding on December 19th. Two additional excursions will operate on Friday, November 26th. Each excursion is approximately a four-and-a-half-hour experience, with a one hour and fifteen-minute train ride each way and a two-hour layover at the Village of Ashley Country Christmas. While every effort is made to operate on time, the North Pole Express operates over a busy freight railroad that is not controlled by the Steam Railroading Institute. Delays due to railroad congestion are possible.


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Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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