“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 s to read to our children around the holidays. Also, the Polar Express movie does a great job keeping true to the as well as enhancing the adventure aspects of the .

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 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 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, 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, to Virginia City is based on THE POLAR EXPRESS 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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