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Polar Express Train Ride Returns to Union Station
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 25, 2017, 2016 - The THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station has a new present for everyone who loves the holidays - value pricing on weeknight excursions and a new combo ticket for the train ride and a Magical Meal in the Grand Hall on select dates.
The real trains begin running from St. Louis Union Station to the "North Pole" on November 24, 2017, the day after Thanksgiving, and continue daily except Christmas day through December 30, 2017. Trains depart St. Louis Union Station at 4:30, 6:00, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m.
The magical story of a boy's search for the meaning of Christmas comes to life when real trains depart St. Louis Union Station for a round-trip journey to the "North Pole."
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, hot chocolate and cookies are served as passengers read along with the classic children's book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.
Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the "North Pole" and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas - a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to St. Louis Union Station. In addition to the train ride, St. Louis Union Station will be running a holiday fire and light show set to Christmas music on the train shed lake.
New Value Pricing
Guests can book tickets for the Monday through Thursday train rides throughout the season to save 22 percent off the price of weekend tickets. Additionally, a special Dinner and Meal Package featuring four coach train tickets is now available for the 4:30 p.m. trains on Nov. 27, 28 or 29. The ticket combines the train ride with four seats at the 6:00 p.m. Magical Meal interactive character dinner in The Grand Hall at St. Louis Union Station. These tickets are available for a limited time and can be booked at www.STLPolarExpressRide.com or by dialing 314-942-6942.
Riders may choose from two classes of service on The Polar Express - Coach and First-Class. Coach tickets start at $39. First-class tickets are priced at $65. First-class ticket holders will receive a Polar Express mug and will be seated at four-top tables. Value-priced tickets are available on select train rides Mondays through Thursdays.
St. Louis Union Station also will host a series of Magical Meals - interactive character dinners in the beautiful Grand Hall of the historic train station - during the Polar Express season. Featuring 3-D light shows projected on the ceiling and visits with Santa's elves and holiday characters, the dinner sessions are available on selected days when the Polar Express Train Ride is in operation. Dinners are served buffet style with separate adult and children's selections priced between $18 and $25. Children ages two and under are complimentary. An elaborate holiday dessert buffet accompanies the dinners.
Train Travel Returns to Historic Saint Louis Union Station
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Since the purchase in October 2012, Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) has invested more than $40 million in the property. The project included renovating the historic Grand Hall, with its barrel-vaulted ceiling of unsurpassed gilt work, stained glass over the entrance, to include an award-winning 3-D projection mapping light show, new furnishings and a 65-foot-long bar.
The station's Midway was re-established as a convention and exhibit hall and the property's 539 hotel rooms were branded as the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton™ under LHM's ownership.
Recently, nine beautifully restored rail cars began leaving the National Historic Landmark train station for private, three-hour excursions around the St. Louis metro area's rails. Corporate outings and pre-planned rolling or stationary events are now available under the train shed, including receptions, smaller meetings and parties.
The existing mall area is set to be converted into 48 train-themed hotel rooms and 30,000 feet of private event space bringing the total number of hotel guest rooms to 587 and total event space to 137,000 square feet. Guests will receive a personalized train ticket for their room at check in. Inside the new train-themed rooms, high-end features include 50-inch TVs with sound bars for an in-room theater experience, hardwood floors and walk-in showers.
The St. Louis Wheel, a 200 foot tall observation-style Ferris wheel, will be installed near the Hard Rock Café and will be open year-round. The wheel will feature 42 fully enclosed gondolas, each seating up to eight adults. One VIP gondola will feature leather bucket seats, a stereo system, and a glass floor for a unique viewing experience.
The project will transform the property's existing indoor and outdoor retail and entertainment spaces with a new food-train park under the facility's massive train shed, added green spaces, light shows and a fountain and fire show at the lake as a focal point of the new outdoor experience.
Across from Union Station is Aloe Plaza and the magnificent Carl Milles' Fountain with elaborate bronze sculptural pieces representing the meeting of the rivers.
Union Station is located at 1820 Market Street, between 18th and 20th Streets. The historic building is north of I-64 and just four blocks west of Scottrade Center. The landmark is within walking distance of Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch.
Saint Louis was established as a trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River in 1764 by a French fur trapper named Pierre LaClede. Business was good from the beginning. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods.
Today, elements of Old Saint Louis remain as Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges. The historic area is located north of the Gateway Arch. At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the downtown atmosphere. Nearby, sightseeing excursions and gaming boats offer additional choices for entertainment.
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