More than 48,000 people took a ride on THE POLAR EXPRESS by Great Smoky Mountains Railroad last year! This trip is a 75 minute round-trip experience. The train departs from the Bryson City train depot with a ride through the wilderness for a special stop by the North Pole. Santa Claus will be on board THE POLAR EXPRESS, and greet the children, and will present them with a special gift, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung upon returning to the depot.