2023 North Pole Express tickets on sale Tuesday - How to get them

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Move quickly to get North Pole Express tickets Tuesday; the holiday tradition often sells out fast.

Tickets go on sale at noon Tuesday, July 25. 

The North Pole Express has been an annual tradition run by the non-profit Steam Railroading Institute (SRI) since 2004 and grows in popularity every year. It's powered by the world-famous Pere Marquette 1225, a 1941 Berkshire-type steam locomotive that is the pride and joy of the SRI collection.

The first rides will run on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

After the initial ride, the SRI will run the express every Saturday and Sunday at the same times through Dec. 17.

There is a special ride on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 24 at 2 pm as well.

Learn more about the North Pole Express here.

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What are the ticket options for the North Pole Express?

There are six different options to buy tickets and they start at $70 per passenger and all seating will be assigned when tickets are purchased and all include a souvenir ticket, ‘Believe’ bell, a cup of hot cocoa, on-board entertainment by volunteers, and admission to the Village of Ashley's Country Christmas.

Coach Class

  • This ticket costs you $70 each and seating has typically been the MSTX 5447 Comet and MSTX 147 Cupid. 
  • Seating is assigned on the vintage 1950s coach car

Coach Deluxe

  • If you want to spend a bit more per person, you can pay $80 to ride on the MSTX 736 snowflake.
  • This car is a deluxe, vintage 1960s Hi-Level coach and is not available to anyone with walking disabilities or who cannot climb stairs. Entrance onto and off the train will require climbing up and down the stairs.

Cocoa Class

  • At $95 per passenger, you can ride the MSTX 5646 Dasher, MSTX 5576 Vixen and MSTX 5581 Dancer
  • This is a vintage 1950s coach car and comes with a souvenir ‘North Pole Express’ mug and unlimited hot cocoa

Claus Club

  • At $460, you can secure a table for an entire party of four in a vintage 1950s dining car.
  • Like the cocoa class, it comes with a souvenir mug and includes sweet treats and unlimited hot cocoa

Pere Marquette Parlour

  • This one is only for the grown-ups - so if you've got little ones, scroll past here. You must show your ID
  • At $150, you can secure a sofa seat, for $150 you can get a swivel chair, or for $300 you can get a table for two.
  • You get assigned seating in a high-level dome lounge car, panoramic views, hor d'oeuvres, seasonal cocktails, plus the mug and unlimited cocoa
  • Similar to the coach deluxe, these are not available to people with walking disabilities or who cannot climb stairs.


  • For $1,900 - if you're really looking for a unique trip and have a large party, the Caboose package could be yours. It rides in the historic caboose and includes two levels of seating plus a private conductor.
  • You also get a souvenir mug and unlimited hot cocoa
  • This is perfect for multiple families as it can accommodate up to 12 passengers.

Pere Marquette Private Car (NEW in 2023)

  • Got a really big group? Like - lots of people? You can actually book this one now and is available for all ages.
  • For $5,000, you can book the Pere Marquette Private car which can accommodate between 28 and 36 people.
  • It's a first-class car reserved exclusively for you.
  • It includes high-end seating with panoramic views, hor d'oeuvres, seasonal cocktails for purchase, plus the mug and unlimited cocoa
  • NOTE: $1,000 is required to hold the car and the amount must be paid in full by Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.
  • You can book between now and July 24 by calling 989-720-3957
  • Similar to the coach deluxe and parlor cars, these are not available to people with walking disabilities or who cannot climb stairs.

Get tickets here.