By: Keith Klein (Photo Credit: WTHR.com & www.atokarzphoto.com)
French Lick’s Polar Express Train Ride is the latest traditional Indiana event to be canceled. For years, families boarded the train in their pajamas for an unforgettable trip with Santa Claus. The trip will not happen in 2020.
The French Lick Scenic Railway announced Train Ride will not operate this year due to COVID-19 concerns. They said if the train ride did occur, the show this year would be vastly different than previous years.
Dancing with your favorite chefs and elves would not occur. Interactions with the Conductor would be limited. Santa wouldn’t be able to greet each guest while posing for a picture.
The French Lick Scenic Railway said that would not be the show they felt guests deserve. It just would not live up to expectations.
Guests holding 2020 tickets should have received an email with details on the event.
The Polar Express Train Ride will return next year. Tickets will go on sale in 2021.
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