Polar Express

315 Railroad Ave, Elkins, WV 26241, USA
from/per person $65
  • Special Event Trains
  • 1.5 Hour
  • Diesel
  • Elkins Depot
  • Entertainment
  • Great for Kids
  • Toy for Kids

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Departs Elkins, WV Depot at 5:00 p.m and 7:15 p.m - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
*Railyard Holiday Buffet served at 4:30 PM (Book with 7:15pm Train) & 6:45 PM (Book with 5pm Train)*
Month Days Available
November 2020 5-8, 12-15, 18-22, 27-29
December 2020 2-6, 9-13



Due to COVID-related seating restrictions, the event is currently sold out. If you already have a reservation, please know that as of October 1, 2020 we still plan to operate following state ordinances and guidelines. However, if we are forced to cancel, we will contact you via email at least two weeks prior to your departure date with cancellation options.

Polar Express

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad is proud to announce its partnership with Rail Events Inc. (through Warner Brothers Consumer Products, Inc.) to bring the officially licensed train ride event to Elkins, West Virginia the 2020 holiday season! THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train rides are based on the holiday feature film from Warner Bros. and the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama clad passengers relive the magic of the story as this nighttime train whisks families away for an unforgettable ride to the North Pole. During the journey, the Conductor will punch tickets and dancing Chefs serve hot chocolate, followed by a reading of Van Allsburg’s classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train and greet the children and offer a gift for those who truly believe – a silver sleigh bell.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad joins over thirty other officially licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride events nationwide this holiday season. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 2020 holiday schedule consists of train departures in November and December leading up to Christmas from the downtown Railroad Depot in Elkins, West Virginia.

All passengers will receive their own souvenir golden ticket, cocoa mug, and bell! (Be sure to make your reservations early as these trains are expected to sell out quickly.)

Add Railyard Restaurant Traditional Holiday Buffet—Enjoy a family meal in combination with your ride to the North Pole at the adjacent Railyard Restaurant. Meals are served at 4:30 PM for 7:15 PM departures and at 6:45 PM for 5 PM departures. Reservations are highly recommended for both venues and you’re encouraged to book early as these events are expected to sell out quickly.

Railyard Holiday Buffet Sample Menu

Important Information

Reservations Required. No reservations after 1pm the day of the trip. It is highly recommended you book in blocks of four. Our trains are set up with four-top tables so we can serve you Hot Chocolate.

eTix Confirmation: Choose your date, car, seats and complete the reservation. Your eTickets will be emailed to you. Your eTickets will be emailed to you in one email. Make sure to check your SPAM box if you do not see your tickets.

Polar Express Cancellation Policy*:

Tickets are non-refundable 48 hours after booking. If notice of cancellation is made within 48 hours of booking, a 10% cancellation fee will be charged for any refund.


Trip Summary

  • Only Polar Express train in West Virginia!
  • Climate controlled
  • Visit with Santa + on-train entertainment just like the movie!
  • Take home souvenir included in price!
  • 1.5-hour round-trip excursion from Elkins to North Pole and return


New 2020 Rates! Regular Rates Friday & Saturday Rates
Age Group Cost Cost
Adults & Children 12 & Older $65.00 $70.00
Children 11 & Younger – infants included $55.00 $65.00

Advanced online reservations are recommended to guarantee seating.

Railyard Restaurant Holiday Buffet

Regular Rates Friday & Saturday Rates
Age Group Cost Cost
Adults (12+) $20.00 N/A
Children (4-11) $15.00

3 & Under – Free


Boarding Location

315 Railroad Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241

Important Info: If you have a reservation, please check in at ticket window prior to boarding. If you forget your tickets, we can print them for you.

Cancellation Policy: Tickets are non-refundable 48 hours after booking. If notice of cancellation is made within 48 hours of booking date, a 10% cancellation fee will be charged for any refund. You may reschedule at any time with no charges. Gift certificates can be issued for the full amount of the reservation at any time. Please contact a DGVR customer service representative at 304-636-9477 to cancel or reschedule. Send all general reservation inquiries to ticketinfo@mountainrail.com.

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