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Magic in the Mountains: The Polar Express

Are you looking for a truly unique and memorable holiday activity this year?  Look no further than THE POLAR EXPRESS train experience in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

From now until January 1, 2017 guests can enjoy THE POLAR EXPRESS, 1 1/4 hour round trip train ride through rolling mountain landscape.  The train departs from the Bryson City depot and takes you and your loved ones all the way to the North Pole! 

Enjoy the sounds of the classic motion picture as you sip warm cocoa, sing Christmas carols, and dine on holiday themed treats.  Kids will love following along while the story is read aloud... all leading up to the magical ending when Santa Claus boards the train and presents each child with their very own silver sleigh bell.  

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad even offers The Polar Express themed merchandise that can be pre-ordered and picked up as you board the train.  Parents and children alike will enjoy snuggling under a warm holiday fleece throw!

Kelly D. from Virginia says, 'We always have a great time.  We always make plenty of memories and meet the nicest people.  Some of our best family pictures have been taken on the train.  We have been riding The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad for years.  The employees are always kind and helpful.  We will be back next year!'. 

Although ticket prices vary based on the classes of service offered, all patrons will enjoy padded seats, large windows to take in the gorgeous mountain scenery, and the full Polar Express experience.  Visit The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad website at www.gsmr.com for a detailed schedule of events, and a full breakdown of amenities offered.  You entire family will love watching this beloved story come to life!

Already booked your train ticket, but need a place to stay in the area?  Best Western Plus River Escape Inn & Suites can provide all your lodging needs.  Located at 248 WBI Drive in Dillsboro, NC, the newly updated Best Western River Escape features 65 rooms, private access to the Tuckaseegee River, indoor heated pool and spa, fitness center, Hot Tub Suites with King bed, and two outdoor fire pit areas overlooking the river.  

Reservations can be booked by visiting bwriverescape.com or by calling the front desk directly at 828-586-6060.  

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