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Santa Express – SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 11 & Sunday, December 12 | 4 Train Sessions

Join Kidz Kingdom and the DuPage County Historical Museum for a special train ride departing from Wheaton Train Station (420 W. Front St.). For more information, call 630-510-4941 or email dupagemuseum@wheatonparks.org. All times are to be confirmed by Metra and are subject to change.

Four Train Rides:

  • Train 1 | December 11 | 9:15-11A | SOLD OUT
  • Train 2 | December 11 | 11:15A-1P | SOLD OUT
  • Train 3 | December 12 | 9:15-11A | SOLD OUT
  • Train 4 | December 12 | 11:15A-1P | SOLD OUT

Cost: $20/person

Tickets: are limited and will go on sale on October 19 at 8A for the general public and October 15 at 8A for Explorers Club members.

Will my infant child need a ticket?

Children under 12 months old do not need a ticket. Those under 12 months old will not get a goodie bag unless a ticket is purchased. Infants must be listed during registration—capacity limits are in place with Metra and all people must be accounted for onboard.

My child/I have allergies, will the cookies have allergens?

Special cookies will be purchased for those who have allergies. Allergies must be listed when purchasing tickets. Please reach out to Michelle Podkowa at mpodkowa@wheatonparks.org with questions.

How will COVID-19 change the event?

  1. Per Metra guidelines and Federal mandates, all passengers over 2 years old who are medically able, must wear a face mask on public transportation. All of Santa’s helpers will be wearing face masks.
  2. The train capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing.
  3. Disinfecting wipes will be available for participants to use.
  4. All snacks/beverages will be handed out in individual packaging.
  5. Santa will be following CDC, state and federal guidelines.

The Santa Express will still pass out goodie bags with activities for those with children’s tickets. We will still be playing holiday music and pass out caroling sheets. A holiday story will be read. Santa will visit every child and family. Photographs are encouraged to be taken and please grab one of Santa’s helpers to snap the photograph of your family.

Are there refunds?

There are no refunds but tickets are transferrable. If you transfer tickets to another family, please let Michelle Podkowa know immediately at: mpodkowa@wheatonparks.org.

How fast do they sell out?

Santa Express tickets usually sell out within the first 24-48 hours. Some trains sell out even quicker.

Can I dress in my PJs and bring my own Polar Express book?

Yes, and Yes. We encourage people who have the book to bring it. While we use a microphone, it is difficult to hear the story if other riders are loud. We do show the pictures to everyone as we read but it will be easier for a child to see the pictures in their own book as well. Many children dress in their PJs but it is not necessary. Whatever the child and parents are most comfortable in will work for the trip. Please dress for the weather, we will still have to wait outside on the train platform for the train and occasionally the train is late.

For more information, call 630-510-4941 or email dupagemuseum@wheatonparks.org.

Santa Express Explorers Club Pre-Sale

We have 100 tickets reserved for Explorers Club members. Early purchase of tickets is available from October 15 at 8A through October 18. Club members will receive an email with their online access code for tickets and a link to the ticket site.

Become an Explorers Club Member

For more information, contact Carey Moreland at cmoreland@wheatonparks.org or 630-510-4961.

PHOTO and VIDEO RELEASE: DuPage County Historical Museum, a facility of the Wheaton Park District, may take photographs and/or video of participants promoting Museum and Wheaton Park District programs, services, events, activities, and facilities in print, on websites and social media, etc. By participating in or attending any DuPage County Historical Museum (or Wheaton Park District) activities the participant (or parent/guardian of a minor participant) agrees to the use and distribution of his or her image (or image of a minor child/ward) in photographs, video recordings, and any other electronic reproductions of such activities for any purpose without inspection, compensation, or any other consideration now and in the future.
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