Polar Express Tickets Still Available

I was pleasantly surprised to find when looking at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s website this week that there are still tickets available for certain dates of the Polar Express, departing from both Independence and Akron.   You can find the most up-to-date info here:


Here’s my advice based on last-year’s experience, departing from the Akron station:
For those who are looking for answers for 2011, we did end up going on the Polar Express this past Christmastime. We arrived about a 1/2 an hour early and the 8 of us were able to sit together, though we were not on the side of the car that faces “the North Pole” when you arrive. It didn’t really matter anyways, because all of the children go over to that side of the train to look out the windows and no one seems to mind. It didn’t seem like there was any big difference regarding which car you were assigned to, though I did notice we were in the car next to the one where you could purchase souvenirs and popcorn. Not sure if that was planned since we didn’t buy the tickets. They did have souvenir Christmas ornaments you could purchase which was nice. We went on a Sunday evening.

One suggestion that our friends and I hadn’t thought of, if you bring your copy of “The Polar Express” and a Sharpie, you can have your book autographed by Santa!

Also, looked like many of the kids had matching PJ sets, and I was surprised by how many grown ups were wearing pajama pants as well! It’s a great activity for any child or adult who “believes”.

For more comments related to the Polar Express, visit my post from 2009.

Have you taken your kids on the Polar Express?    Do you have any advice to share?

Until next time,



Bike the Trail, Ride the Rail for $2 a Person

Through the month of October, take a bike ride along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction, then hop aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and for $2 the train will take you back to where you began.    Fall months should be particulatly enjoyable with the beautiful foliage.    

The hubby and I take the kiddo regularly to the part of the Towpath in Brecksville at the Station Road Bridge, it’s right near the end of the Brecksville Reservation in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.    Our 4 year-old son can ride in either direction easily from here, as the paths don’t have any steep inclines and it’s a beautiful ride.    Unfortunately, the hubby and I have yet to purchase our own bicycles.     But, after seeing the train drop off and pick-up several riders a few weeks ago in Brecksville, we’re ready to make the buy, and cannot wait to take the kiddo on this adventure many times next year!

Details and schedule can be found at:   http://www.cvsr.com/bikeaboard.aspx

If you go, let me know what parts of the trail you like to bike and if there’s anything interesting to see along the way!

Until next time,


Take the Train to Pick Out Your Christmas Tree

Each year Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers the Christmas Tree Adventure, I’m thinking if we don’t do the Polar Express that this event might be a fun family tradition to start, especially now that we live a bit closer to the area:

Christmas Tree Adventure
10am or 11:35am, November 28th through December 13th

Ride to the Village of Peninsula and visit Heritage Farms to pick your tree for the holiday. During your stay, enjoy a cup of cocoa or cider and watch your tree get bundled and delivered to the train for transport back to your car. Tree cost is not included.

Purchase tickets at http://www.cvsr.com/events.aspx

Polar Express Tickets Still Available

The Polar Express™ on Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Climb aboard for this magical journey to the North Pole. Along the way, elves will read you the story, you will sip on hot cocoa and enjoy a cookie. After reaching the North Pole, Santa will join us for the return trip where he will give out the first bell of Christmas. Tickets are just $35 for ages 1 and up. The trip is 7:00 pm – 9 pm and departs from either Akron Northside Station, Rockside Station in Independence or JUST ADDED: Canton Lincoln Highway Station!!

Polar Express tickets will be sold on-line only this year.
Tickets are on sale NOW! Including for the newly added Canton Lincoln Highway Station departure.

See below for an updated list of dates still available for Akron and Independence departures.
Canton will be departing December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19th!

Dates that tickets are still available*:

Akron Northside Station:

November 18 all cars
November 19 all cars
November 23 all cars
November 24 in car 168 only
November 30 Cars 161 and 168 only
December 1 Cars 161 and 168 only
December 7 Car 161 only
December 8 Cars 161 and 168
December 10 Car 167

Rockside Station

November 18 all cars
November 19 Car 169 only
November 30 all cars except 163
December 1 Cars 165, 166, 167 and 169
December 2 Cars 167, 169
December 3 Car 169 only
December 7 Cars 166, 167 and 169
December 8 Cars 167 and 169
December 10 3 seats in Car 166 only
December 19 4 p.m. departure, Car 165

**Subject to change minute by minute!

Visit http://www.cvsr.com/polarexpress.aspx for the most current information and further details regarding the event.