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Polar Express Train Packages


All aboard The Polar Express™ when it comes to life on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! Read along with the story as the train makes its magical round trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, and, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Watch your child’s face light up with wonder when the train arrives at the North Pole, which is lit up with thousands of dazzling, colorful, lights to find Santa Claus waiting! Santa will board The Polar Express, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift, their own silver sleigh bell. On the way home, Christmas carols will fill the air, and everyone is invited to sing along. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas.  The train station is located in downtown Bryson City, just a few miles from the Hemlock Inn.

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Now you can make Hemlock Inn a part of your family’s Polar Express train experience! The Hemlock Inn has now been staying open through the Christmas season for the Polar Express train excursioners for more than 10 years now. Come help us decorate the inn with lights and put up the tree, or just come enjoy the festive season with other Polar Expresser’s!

The Hemlock Inn Polar Express Package includes many options, ensuring that we can create the perfect package for your family. Our standard package includes a room, a full breakfast, and train tickets. Upgrades to suites or cottages and to a First Class train car and Premium rides (Saturdays) available. Premium rates apply  every Saturday, on Thanksgiving weekend and the week of Christmas.

Call us today (828-488-2885) for more information. Book your ride on the Polar Express train early since many train rides will sell out many weeks or even months in advance. Also refer to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad website (www.gsmr.com) for more information as well.