A couple of years ago, my parents, husband, and I took our daughter on a magical train ride through the Southern Indiana landscape at dusk. As it grew darker and darker outside, strange things began to happen. It all started when the conductor asked us for our tickets. Nothing strange there... but elves began to dance and serve us hot chocolate, and then... Santa himself came out and presented each child with the first gift of Christmas. Well, in our case because we rode after Christmas, it turned out to be the last gift of Christmas. It was actually really nice riding after Christmas because we weren't all stressed out and it was something to look forward to after the big excitement of Christmas Day was over. And we got to wear the new pajamas we all received for Christmas.

The French Lick Railway hosts the wildly popular Polar Express Train Ride every November and December. And seats fill up quickly. In fact, only a few remain so book your tickets now before they are all gone! And, if can't book the Polar Express, check out the Wild Wild West Holdup Train Ride or the Scenic Railway Trip. Get your tickets here. The train holds many themed rides throughout the year including The Wizard of Oz, bourbon tasting, chocolate tasting, and the Easter Bunny train ride.

All aboard! Inspired by the Warner Bros. film and award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, the magic of The Polar Express comes to life. Read along with the story as the train makes its magical round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child. Families are encouraged to wear pajamas! Tickets must be purchased prior to event.

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