How to Create a Magical Polar Express Christmas Party - Fern and Maple (2024)

It’s so much fun looking back on old parties. Especially the ones where the kids are so little! This magical Polar Express party is one I’ve been reminiscing over lately. It was so long ago, before I blogged or began planning and styling parties for a living. It was so much fun setting it up with my friend Sarah for our little ones. It still makes me smile and more importantly BELIEVE!

Better yet it was quick and easy to put together and full of affordable decor. I’m sharing all of this with you in the hope that you are inspired to get on board the magical Polar Express, it’s a magical ride!

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How to Set Up a Magical Polar Express Party

Welcome

All aboard! We started with a light box, welcoming passengers to the celebrations. This light up sign from Oriental Trading could also be a really cool option!

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Ticket Booth

Then we handed each of them a ticket to ride on the Polar Express and of course a little bell, something to hold and believe. You can make the tickets and bells yourself- or purchase these cute “Believe” bells and ticket stickers from Oriental Trading. The ticket booth is a cardboard shop front from Ikea, but here is another option. Really easy to set up! Add a wreath in the front and it is the perfect color for a Christmas ticket booth.

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Craft Station

As soon as the kids arrived we had an activity they could get started on. We turned the dining room table into a painting station with two projects. The first, salt dough trains Sarah had cut out with a train cookie cutter. We added ribbons to turn them into tree ornaments and provided small bags for these to be put in once dry. The second, ceramic train money banks from the dollar spot (here are some similar paintable ceramic trains if you can’t find the banks). Don’t forget to make wet wipes easily accessible for these activities!!

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Polar Express Train Table

A must for any Polar Express party, a train table. The kids loved being able to play with the trains. We popped the table up on some “snow” for a winter look. That is Sarah’s daughter Riley Grace on the left and my little monkey Parker on the right.

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Letters to Santa Station

As the kids were meeting Santa at the end of the rail track we set up a “Letters to Santa” station for last minute wishes. We picked up simple glittered foam snowflakes to decorate the walls, fake snow balls and a tiny little holiday village.

All you need to set up a mini station like this are crayons, stamps, pencils, paper and envelopes. A simple box decorated as Santa pants makes a great mail box, or you could purchase one like this.

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Polar Express Movie Watching

The main event was of course a screening of The Polar Express. We had a little fun with this. I used a couple of plastic tablecloths as a cover over the bed to make it look like a train engine. Then cut out a steam engine face out of different card stock colors and added it to the front.

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We made the “train” super cozy with comforters strewn everywhere and bean bag chairs covered in plaid. A conductor hat (here is a simpler option) and teddy bear (here is an even cuter Christmas option!!) sat in every chair.

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Around the television we hung layers of tissue snowflakes. A winter scene as the train passed by.

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Party Favors

Once the movie was over, and it was time for our friends to leave each child stopped by baggage claim to pick up a small favor. All the kids favorites- mini trains, bubbles, stamps and stickers.

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We nestled these inside used vintage suitcases, oodles of faux snow and a glimpse of their favorite bedtime story at Christmas time.

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So what do you think? Time to board the Polar Express? Don’t forget to check out my Amazon Shop for an easy one-stop shopping list of similar items!

For tons more Christmas inspiration, check out my post with 15 Magical Holiday Party Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults!

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FAQs

What is the Polar Express about summary? ›

What is the meaning behind polar express? ›

In the movie, a doubting young boy didn't believe in the spirit of Christmas like everyone else. The Polar Express train saw this as a possibility to change the boy's life to show the true meaning behind this holiday with a train ride to the North Pole.

What is the original Polar Express? ›

The Polar Express is a 1985 fantasy children's picture book written and illustrated by American author Chris Van Allsburg. The book is now widely considered to be a classic Christmas story for young children. It was praised for its detailed illustrations and calm, relaxing storyline.

Is Polar Express Disney? ›

animated film)

What is the moral of the story of The Polar Express? ›

Parents need to know that, like the book that inspired it, the The Polar Express has wonderful messages about the importance of believing, the value of friendship, respect for leadership and courage, and the beauty of being kind to others.

Is The Polar Express 2 coming out? ›

Producer Gary Goetzman confirmed that Warner Bros. is planning a sequel, but it is still in early development stages. When will The Polar Express 2 be released? There is no expected release date. The film is in early development, and animation takes time, so it may be released around 2027 or 2028.

Is the mom in The Polar Express pregnant? ›

The mother is pregnant. The detail only appears for three seconds when the boy is looking through his keyhole to spy on what his sister is saying to their parents. The next morning, spoiler alert, he opens his presents and finds the bell from Santa that only him and his sister could hear.

What are some fun facts about The Polar Express? ›

Top 10 Facts About The Polar Express Movie
  • The Polar Express was the first feature-length film to be entirely created using motion capture technology. ...
  • Hero-boy is played by 3 different actors. ...
  • Tom Hanks, the star of The Polar Express, voiced not one but six different characters in the movie.

What is the ending of Polar Express? ›

They return safely to their homes in time for Christmas Day, and the boy finds the Christmas Present from Santa beneath his tree, after which the story concludes.

What does the hobo in Polar Express represent? ›

The hobo's identity is never revealed in the movie, leaving it open to interpretation as to who he is and what his true purpose is. Some fans have speculated that he is a representation of Santa Claus, while others think he may be a guardian angel sent to look after the children on their journey.

Why is The Polar Express so good? ›

Despite its flaws, the Polar Express has some neat scenes with a beautiful Christmas message. There are some clever animations with, for its time, eye-pleasing CGI tricks and angles you can't recreate in real life.

Was The Polar Express all a dream? ›

Even then, the bell only working for certain people strays back into the fantastic, firmly giving weight to the fact that the train ride actually took place. However, the story wasn't a dream, as the main character tells Billy, and the bell at the end proves it.

Is Santa Claus in The Polar Express? ›

Warner Bros. Tom Hanks voiced several of the main adult roles in "The Polar Express." He was the narrator, the Conductor, the Hobo, the Scrooge marionette, the Hero Boy's father, and even Santa.

Is The Polar Express magic? ›

The Polar Express is a magical passenger train that takes children to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to visit Santa Claus. It consists of a steam locomotive pulling a line of passenger cars, which in the film includes an abandoned toy car and an observation car.

How old is the boy from Polar Express? ›

A doubting 8-year-old boy is whisked to the North Pole on a magical train for a meeting with Santa in this dazzling animated Christmas fable. Meanwhile, the boy's crisis in faith turns into a wondrous journey of self-discovery.

What is the message of The Polar Express book? ›

The Polar Express is based on themes of believing and the magic of Christmas. The boy boards the train as a skeptic and meets other children who have the same feelings. The conductor leads the way for them to get back that childhood view of Santa and finally, Santa in the flesh proves himself to be real.

What is the main conflict in The Polar Express? ›

In The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, the narrator tells the story of himself as a young boy on one special Christmas Eve. He is troubled by a friend's words who doesn't believe in Santa because he's never heard the bells on Santa's sleigh.

What is the meaning of the homeless man in The Polar Express? ›

The hobo's identity is never revealed in the movie, leaving it open to interpretation as to who he is and what his true purpose is. Some fans have speculated that he is a representation of Santa Claus, while others think he may be a guardian angel sent to look after the children on their journey.

What lessons does The Polar Express teach? ›

The film followed a young doubtful boy who got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a trip to the North Pole via a magical train, the Polar Express. The boy learned to not only believe in the magic of Santa Claus but also in himself.

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