It’s not exactly the real Polar Express to the North Pole, but it’s probably the closest you’ll get outside of an animated movie. To ring in the Christmas season, the Tennessee Valley Railroad is having a special Christmas-themed round-trip train ride from Chattanooga, where you’ll get more than your dose of holiday cheer (and alcoholic beverages).
The Nightcaps with St. Nick experience departs from Chattanooga’s Grand Junction Depot, and takes guests on a 75-minute journey brimming with Christmas magic. Guests can expect to be served dessert and drinks while listening to storytellers read Twas the Night Before Christmas and costumed carolers sing their favorite holiday tunes. Drinks will include winter favorites like Eggnog Brandy Alexander, Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate, Baileys Irish Cream Coffee, and Chattanooga Whiskey. Of course, it wouldn’t really be a nightcap with St. Nick unless St. Nick himself made an appearance, which you should definitely expect him to do.
Tickets for this ride full of holiday cheer cost $65 per person. The experience runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 22, with trains departing at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Unlike the movie, however, children aren’t allowed. You must be 21 or older to ride.