SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- “All aboard! All aboard!
"Tickets please, tickets.
"Well, you coming?"
All across the U.S. and even abroad, Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book, The Polar Express, comes to life in heart-touching 3D movies and astounding 4D theme park rides.
The experience is made even more thrilling when excursion trains around the world transform into the Polar Express and Pajama trains during the Christmas season.
The A&M Railroad based in Springdale runs Christmas Pajama trains each holiday season between Springdale and Van Buren, Ark. Although the A&M trains aren’t official Polar Express Train experiences, the ride is still a magical one.
This year, Exploring with Happy has partnered with the A&M Railroad for two Exploring with Happy Christmas Trains departing on Saturday, Nov. 24.
The lunch train departs the Van Buren Depot at 11 a.m. roundtrip to Winslow and the dinner train will depart at 6 p.m. from the Fort Smith Trolley Museum roundtrip to the Van Buren depot, aka the North Pole.
Tickets for first class seats aboard the pajama trains will include dinner, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Coach tickets will include hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and all cars will be provided with fun Christmas entertainment.
We are super excited that much of the proceeds from this year’s Exploring with Happy Christmas Train will go to benefit Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.
According to its website, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 85 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy boys and girls in 138 countries worldwide since 1993. These simple gifts demonstrate God’s love to children in a tangible way and provide volunteer national leadership teams, local churches, and ministry partners with the opportunity to share the Good News of Christ.
It is super exciting for me to be able to meet the Exploring with Happy fans that follow our page and know that we are working together to raise money for such a wonderful mission, all the while having the time of our lives.
The Exploring with Happy Christmas Train is a wonderful way to make life-long memories with your family. Children of all ages will love this trip while providing Christmas gifts and sharing God’s love with needy boys and girls round the world.
For more information on pricing and availability find us on facebook or our Exploring with Happy website, or call the A&M Railroad at 1-800-687-8600. The A&M has seats in coach, first class or the Vista Dome.
Just for the record, coach seating is pretty AWESOME (especially for kids) and adults will certainly enjoy the Vista Dome and first class cars with lunch and dinner.
I expect both trains will sell out prior to the departure date, so I encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time. If you need help from me directly give me a call at (918) 647-3664 and one more thing, don’t forget to wear your jammies!