“All Aboard! This is the Polar Express.”

Dark Green PinwheelToday, my wife and I secured tickets to ride The Polar Express™ shortly after Thanksgiving. We logged onto the V & T Railroad website (V & T stands for the Virginia and Truckee) and found that most of the tickets were already purchased for the dates that we wanted to have this experience. We chose to go in the VIP Parlor Car. If we’re going to have an experience with our kids, we might as well go all the way, right?

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Needless to say, my wife and I are very excited about this experience. The Polar Express is one of our favorite books to read to our children around the holidays. Also, the Polar Express movie does a great job keeping true to the book as well as enhancing the adventure aspects of the book.

Tom Hanks doesn’t do a bad job as the voice(s) in The Polar Express movie either. In fact, he’s one of my favorite actors. Did you know, Tom Hanks spent some of his youth in Reno, Nevada? It’s true! Of course, those were the days well before he filmed Bosom Buddies, Sleepless in Seattle, Forest Gump, or Cast Away. His connection to Reno makes me like him that much more, even though he may have a slip of the tongue here and there on national television. We love you, Tom!

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Polar Express Giveaway Details

To coincide with our journey on the Polar Express, we decided to hold another giveaway. This time, we’ll be giving away The Polar Express on Blu-ray and a copy of the book by Chris Van Allsburg. This giveaway will last until Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM PDT. We think this will be just enough time before Christmas to get the items to the lucky winner. You can say that we’re just in a giving mood, it being Christmas and all. Well, even though it is still a couple days before Halloween at the time of writing this post, Christmas will be here before we know it. That being said, please enter the giveaway below and spread the word. Let’s make this the best holiday season ever.

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All aboard the Polar Express!

What: The Polar Express diesel train ride. It is an hour long and includes a souvenir ceramic Polar Express mug, a keepsake silver bell, hot chocolate, water, holiday treats, entertainment and a reading of The Polar Express.

Who: The V & T Railroad

When: Departure times: 5:00pm, 6:30pm & 8:00pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from November 23rd through December 23rd.

Where: Carson City Depot, 4650 Eastgate Siding Road Carson City, Nevada 89701 | (775) 687-7410

Extra Extra: Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Also, if don’t have a printer, write down your confirmation code and bring it with you at check-in. You can also purchase “winter road closure protection” with your tickets in case the roads prevent you from arriving. Please bring your picture ID and a printout of your confirmation, and go directly to the activity location.

No cancellations or refunds. All ticket sales are final.

The Polar Express™ diesel train ride from Carson City, Nevada to Virginia City is based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by Permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (Source: Carson City Activity Tickets)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351614087 Tina Louise

    It is a tie between The Polar Express and The Charlie Brown Christmas

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      Yeah, that is a tough choice. I love those two and a couple more. A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, etc. There are just too many good ones to choose from. Thanks for your comment, Tina.

  • Kelly R.

    My favorite holiday movie is It’s A Wonderful Life!

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      Ah, yes. Mr. Potter. That’s a good one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Choco.Loco.review Barb Stenby

    my sons favorite Christmas movie!

  • Crystal Walker

    I love the Polar Express, it is one of my favorites

  • Carolyn N.

    My favorite Christmas movie is A Season for Miracles.
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  • Taryn Pasco

    The Polar Express is one of my favorite Holiday movies, this and Tim Allen’s Santa Claus Movies!

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      Yeah, I like the first and third Santa Clause the best.

  • Julie Thompson

    My favorite holiday book it this really old one I have that is thick and it has all of the old christmas stories ans all the christmas songs in the back

  • Dawn Justice

    Its a Wonderful Life :) And The Polar Express its the first movie I ever remember my son actually watching.

  • bella

    Christmas vacation,makes me laugh I like Elf to.

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      “Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?”

  • Patti Wilder

    love Its a wonderful life..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Epper/100000274032080 Bruce Epper

    The first Home Alone. Absolutely hilarious.

  • Kristen

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      “She’s a bute, Clark.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004253769465 Chris Miller

    Favorite Holiday movie is Nightmare Before Christmas!

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      I have to agree. I really like that one as well. From Halloween to Christmas.

  • gina brickell

    I love Mickey’s twice upon a christmas

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      Wow. I haven’t seen that one in a while. Might have to break it out to share with my daughter and son. Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a good one too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angelastewartchurch Angie Stewart Church

    we love frosty but polar express is one that we watch and read every year

  • Kate

    I actually have to say that The Polar Express is one of my top 3!

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.ward.16 Adrianne Vedenhaupt

    christimas story

  • Nicole Sender
  • Sara

    I love Home Alone, Elf, and The Santa Clause :)

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      “Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?”

  • Janet Vickers

    christmas story

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Leigh-Martin/100001003491135 Jamie Leigh Martin

    Angel on PA Avenue.

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      I’ve never heard of that one, but I think I might take a look. Thanks for the comment, Jamie.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Leigh-Martin/100001003491135 Jamie Leigh Martin
        • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

          Very cool. I’ll have to check it out.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Leigh-Martin/100001003491135 Jamie Leigh Martin

            Good idea.

  • jigsawinc

    We love all the classics! We have them all on DVD and during “movie night” all through the holidays we watch them. I think Charlie Brown Christmas and Emmitt Otter’s Jugband Christmas and Grinch are my most sentimental favorites, but I love them all.

  • Sue Hull

    I love The Christmas Story,Christmas with the Kranks and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. My fave book is T’was the Night Before Christmas & The Story of how Baby Jesus was Born. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! :)
    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      That’s a great last name you have there, Sue. I happen to like it very much.

  • Gina H.

    It’s a Wonderful Life

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      That’s definitely a good one.

  • Athena

    My all time Favorite is Prancer

  • Karen Hand

    My all time favorite movie is Miracle on 34th Street, but there again, this is dating me. :)

  • april lane

    Home Alone

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      Quintessential Christmas movie.

  • Molly Bussler

    It’s A Wonderful Life…..Every time A Bell Rings….A Angel Gets His Wings….

  • Rose

    My favourite holiday movie is Christmas Story

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.becker.127 Lauren Becker

    I love How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey and the Peanuts Christmas film

    • http://willhull.com/ Will Hull

      My dad is a huge Peanuts collector (we’re talking the entire house, growing up was filled with Snoopy and Charlie Brown and our Christmas tree was filled with nothing but Peanuts ornaments). We even opened our presents on Christmas morning to the It’s Christmas, Charlie Brown soundtrack. Nothing brings Christmas memories more than Vince Guaraldi during the holidays. Thanks for the comment, Lauren.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Leigh-Martin/100001003491135 Jamie Leigh Martin

    I just wanted to say that I love this movie! My wife and I both really enjoy The Polar Express!

  • http://www.facebook.com/molli.wins Molli Knowles

    polar express of course!!! :)

  • colleen t

    The Grinch with Jim Carrey

  • Debby

    Love all the old classic cartoon Christmas shows from a zillion years ago, as well as A Christmas Story!

  • http://twitter.com/jjselljj jjsell

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! Those movies remind me of my grandpa.

  • Karen Hand

    I am so excited about this giveway. I love this movie. The best of luck to everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MsCarolsueA Carolsue Anderson

    Home Along is my favorite

  • Megan Parsons

    My favortie Christmas movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Sherrie C.

    My favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Story

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  • Vikki Billings

    My favorite holiday movie is Christmas Vacation and the Santa Clause movies!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laurie-Gentry-Murley/1073773012 Laurie Gentry Murley

    my favorite is its a wonderful life