The train ride inspired by the beloved The Polar Express movie will begin running from Dec. 3 through Jan 1. Credit: Chicago The Polar Express Ride

THE LOOP — Despite the scorching summer heat, you can start buying golden tickets for the Polar Express Train Ride at Union Station.

The train ride inspired by the beloved The Polar Express movie, start at $55-$80 for adults and $47-$72 for children, running from Dec. 3 through Jan 1. You can reserve your tickets here. Lap Infants under the age of 2 can ride for free with an adult.

Passengers will be treated to hot chocolate and served Walker’s Shortbread cookies by dancing chefs.

But the Christmas spirit doesn’t stop there.

Passengers will receive their first gift of the season, a silver sleigh bell, after Santa boards the train to greet families. Passengers will also enjoy a reading of the classic story by American author Chris Van Allsburg.

The train will follow a route along the Chicago River, west of the Loop and South Loop as performers engage in caroling and other holiday activities.

The experience is roughly two hours. Neighbors are required to arrive approximately 40 minutes prior to their showtime, according to the website.

Information about parking near Union Station can be found here.

Matching family pajamas adorned with the iconic Polar Express images are also available in youth and adult sizes.

This event is wheelchair accessible, and people can choose their seats when ordering tickets online. For a full seating chart, click here.

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