Peninsula - Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad announced Polar Express tickets will be sold to the general public beginning Oct. 1 for the 2013 season.
Tickets will be sold through the railroad's website at www.CVSR.com starting at 12 a.m. The Polar Express will be offered from Nov. 15 through Dec. 20 from the Rockside Station in Independence and the Akron Northside Station.
This holiday program is based on Chris Van Allsburg's Caldecott-winning book and Warner Bros. motion picture, The Polar Express, where a young boy's trip to the North Pole revives his belief in the Christmas spirit.
Tickets for this event will be $43 for everyone ages 1 and up for standard seating and $57 to $77 for an upgraded ticket available on select nights. Due to demand, CVSR is releasing more tickets this year than in the past.
"CVSR looks forward to another exciting season of the Polar Express. It's all about creating happy memories for area families - that is what makes this so rewarding for all the volunteers and staff who put this program together," said Craig Tallman, president and CEO of the railroad.
Trips depart nightly at 7 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. with the addition of two new matinee times which will be 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 only. Trains depart the station, traveling through Cuyahoga Valley National Park all the way to the North Pole and back during the 2-hour journey.
The Polar Express is offered through a license agreement with Rail Events, Inc. It has been an on-going tradition for families across Northeast Ohio for more than 18 years.
Additionally, CVSR will be collecting winter clothing for local charities at the Rockside Station and Akron Northside Station during the Polar Express Season. Polar Express train riders can make a difference in the lives of others by bringing new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves to the station the night of their program. These items will then be given to local charities to assist those who may need a little help and warmth this holiday season. Charities wishing to participate in the program can contact the railroad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the railroad, visit www.CVSR.com. For more information about CVNP, visit www.nps.gov/cuva.