The magic of Christmas isn’t the things tucked under the Christmas tree. It is the collection of memories, moments and time together that children remember the most and talk about for years to come. Kick off the holiday season with an event that train aficionados, children, and the young-at-heart will all love. The popular North Pole Express is back for another Christmas season at the Railway Museum of British Columbia in Squamish. This must-do holiday experience is perfect for the whole family and can easily be a full day of making memories.

Begin your experience aboard the North Pole Express train, led by a 1950s vintage FP9A passenger locomotive. The 50-minute train ride will be filled with cookies, hot chocolate, and Christmas caroling. Following the magical train experience, riders will disembark at the North Pole, conveniently located inside the Railway Museum of BC’s giant roundhouse, for a fully immersive and magical experience. The Roundhouse will be transformed into a winter wonderland where children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for a family photograph, ride the mini train, and take part in a multitude of  Christmas-themed activities and crafts. There are 4 (and sometimes 5) train departures per day, with the Saturday evening Night Departure being one of the most popular times. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for a true “North Pole Express” feel, or dress up in their favourite Christmas-themed outfits to get in the holiday spirit! Be sure to wear appropriate footwear though, as the walk between the parking lot and the train can be icy.

Coach, First Class, and Nighttime tickets are all available. With the purchase of First Class and Nighttime tickets, each person will receive their choice of holiday collectible (a mug, ornament, t-shirt, train set, or other). The North Pole Express is an incredibly popular holiday event, and tickets sell out fast, especially for the evening ride. Secure your ticket here!

Important information for your visit to the North Pole Express:

  1. Arrive 30-45 minutes before your scheduled departure.
  2. Check-in closes 15 minutes prior to departure.
  3. Parking is FREE!
  4. Ensure you have appropriate tires to travel on the Sea to Sky Highway (find out the regulations here)

Ride the North Pole Express:

When: November 25-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 2023
Time: 10am, noon, 2pm, or 4pm (there is also a 6pm train every Saturday)
Where: Railway Museum of British Columbia
Address: 39645 Government Road, Squamish


Do you want to win tickets to one of the most popular Christmas events in Vancouver? Family Fun Vancouver & the North Pole Express are giving away a First Class Family Pack (4 tickets) to ride the North Pole Express! To enter, click on the Rafflecopter below and follow the instructions.

A winner will be contacted on November 13th via email. Remember, we will never ask you to click on a link or provide personal information to claim a prize!

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