PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - It's a special ride that only comes once a year, a trip back in time right here in East Texas. The Polar Express left the Palestine Train Depot Friday for it's first of many trips to the North Pole.
Travelers handed over their tickets and hurried inside when the journey was about to begin.
Another whistle...a look back from the conductor, and the Polar Express lurched forward, heading north. The locomotive picked up steam, packed with passengers young and old.
Inspired by the award winning book, this classic train goes through the woods and right into Santa's hometown.
Dancing chefs kept everyone entertained with Christmas carols while parents turned the pages of the now famous story of the Polar Express.
And then, in the distance...lights.
The North Pole glittered in the nighttime air. A jolly man dressed in red welcomed the visitors and came aboard, giving each a special gift.
Another whistle and the north pole faded into the night.
Back in Texas, Dalton couldn't believe it was over.
"It's pretty cool" she said, "I really like it. I don't know who enjoys it more the little ones or the big kids."
The Polar Express schedule runs right through Christmas until December 27th.
©2009 KLTV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.