The much anticipated North Pole Express® is back in Grapevine for another Christmas season, and this year features some new and exciting items as part of the experience.

Here’s a list of the five things you can expect to see in 2017.

(If you like to be surprised, this is where we’ll say “spoiler alert” or, give you the option to watch this eight-hour continuous video of a log in a fireplace to kill time until your North Pole Express ride time comes around.)


Ever heard of too many Christmas lights? Never! New in 2017, more lights have been added to the interior of the trains to light the way to Santa’s workshop. And, each coach will feature a different “theme” with lots of new complementary decorations to match. No two cars will be the same!

With the ongoing construction of the new TEXRail commuter rail station, you’ll notice a few new things about the North Pole Neighborhood and some “old” things in new places. Take note of some new decorations, including the massive Gingerbread House where the North Pole General Store is located, as well as some unique “bicycle Christmas trees” that are great for photos. And while the North Pole Express only operates on select days and times, the North Pole Neighborhood will be open in 2017 six days a week (starting after November 28) for added fun during the Christmas Capital of Texas. (You do not have to have a North Pole Express ticket to enter the North Pole Neighborhood area.)

New to the North Pole Express experience this year is Santa’s Barn where seven live reindeer will be waiting for a photo opportunity with you. Sing your best version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to actual reindeer! (Note: there is a $3 fee to enter Santa’s Barn for photos with the reindeer which is not included in a general ticket admission price of a North Pole Express ticket.)

As part of the TEXRail construction, you will notice a brand new platform. The longer platform will allow for faster boarding time and shorter exiting times to increase the amount of time you get to enjoy your North Pole Express experience!

For those with tickets to the North Pole Express, at the end of the experience you’ll discover a tent with different photo opportunities. While this has been present in past years, in 2017 you can expect to see brand new displays (as well as a couple of the “old favorites”) including a large Christmas sleigh perfect for families to take photos in.

These are just a few of the exciting changes you can expect to see at the North Pole Express! And don’t forget, while a few areas and restricted to just ticket holders, the North Pole Neighborhood is open to all who want to get the full Christmas Capital of Texas experience.