The Polar Express TM

About the Event

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is the largest annual event at the museum drawing over 15,000 passengers each year! The fun begins at the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center, which serves as our train depot. Holiday decorations inside the train add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board meet the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story as they journey to the "North Pole." Santa greets children aboard the train while passengers sing along to carols as they travel back to the train station.THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and and is the largest annual fundraiser for the museum - thank you for your support! Our event is the only officially licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride in the state of Maine.


Click on the images below to see some images of previous events.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum

Would like to say a special thanks to our 2018 partners:

Dunkin' - Dunkin' Espresso. Sipping is Believing.
Title Sponsor
White Oaks Farm - Home of St. Julien Macaroons
Associate Sponsor
TD Bank - America's Most Convenient Bank
Associate Sponsor
Townsquare Media Group & WHOM 94.9, Portland's Home For Holiday Music.
Associate Sponsor


If you would like to see more about our event, check out our THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Video which captures the magic of the ride.


Trains depart Portland for the North Pole select dates Thanksgiving through Christmas. All tickets for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ are sold through PortTix. You can purchase your tickets online through the PortTix website or by calling their box office at (207) 842-0800. Tickets go on sale in early September of each year and trains often sell out. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Please visit the PortTix website in early September to see a full listing of available train dates and times and to make your reservation.

2019 Tickets go on sale Sept 2019!

Where to Arrive

All Trains Depart from the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center. This is where passengers board the train. The museum is NOT open during the event.

To Volunteer

Please contact our Main Office if you are interested in volunteering for the Polar Express TM event.