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The Polar Express leaves the station, begins limited run (video)

The Polar Express Train Ride begins excursions on Saturday, Nov. 18, and concludes Saturday, Dec. 30, with trips held each week Thursday through Sunday.

Those interested in going on The Polar Express this year but haven't yet bought tickets should consider doing so soon — limited spots remain for the seasonal train ride that runs through Dec. 30.

Based on the children's book and motion picture of the same name, The Polar Express Train Ride takes occupants on a one-hour journey from the V&T Railroad's Eastgate Depot (7 miles east of downtown Carson City) to the North Pole. Along the way, families are able to enjoy music from the film's soundtrack in addition to hot chocolate and treats.

"Santa Claus and his helpers will board the train once the passengers reach the North Pole, during which each child is given the first gift of Christmas — a silver sleigh bell, just like in the film. Elves in every train car lead families in Christmas carol favorites on the ride back to Carson City," states a press release from Weidinger Public Relations.

The V&T Railroad enters its seventh year of providing the holiday-themed experience to guests of all ages in partnership with Rail Events Inc. and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The Polar Express Train Ride begins excursions on Saturday, Nov. 18, and concludes Saturday, Dec. 30, with trips held each week Thursday through Sunday.

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The limited-run offering extended its schedule this year due to increased demand — for the past six years, The Polar Express rides have sold out.

Trains depart at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The V&T Railroad recommends guests arrive at the station 30 minutes prior to start time.

Coach tickets cost $46 for adults and $36 for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old. VIP tickets, which include additional entertainment, extra time with Santa Claus, a special holiday treat and ceramic mug, cost $82 for adults and $72 for children.

Call 877-724-5007 or 775-291-0208, or visit http://www.vtrailway.com, to purchase tickets and learn more.