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Santa Express

Celebrate the holiday season with a train ride with Santa that includes a story, holiday music, and treats. Each paid child receives a small gift from Santa and a goody bag.

General admission sales begin at 8A on Tuesday, October 4.

Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All tickets are nonrefundable, but are transferable if you notify Museum Manager Michelle Podkowa at mpodkowa@wheatonparks.org. There are no waitlists at this time.

Pricing: $20 per person

All participants will need to be listed on the registration and ages must be provided. All riders ages 12 months and older must have a paid ticket. Unpaid infants must sit on a paid adult’s lap and will not receive a goody bag. We ask that strollers do not come aboard the train.

Santa Express Trains:

Friday, December 9 | 9:15A | Register

Saturday, December 10 | 9:15A | Register

Saturday, December 10 | 11:15A | Register

Sunday, December 11 | 9:15A | Register

Sunday, December 11 | 11:15A | Register

All dates and times are to be confirmed by Metra and are subject to change.

Pre-Sale Ticket Access

DuPage County Historical Museum Explorers Club members have exclusive access to the Santa Express ticket pre-sale beginning September 27 at 8A.
For more information on the Explorers Club and pre-sale access contact Shelley Chenoweth at 630.510.4961 or schenoweth@wheatonparks.org.

Questions?

See Frequently Asked Questions below or contact the Museum at dupagemuseum@wheatonparks.org or 630-510-4941.

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 goody 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.

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.

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