DENNISON -- the Polar Express will soon depart from the Dennison for its annual series of trips to the North Pole on Dec. 4-6 and 11-13. These one and a half-hour trips are based upon the award-winning book written by Chris Van Allsburg.The trips reenact the little boys journey to the North Pole to find Santa.

Passengers aboard the train will here the story read to them by storytellers, enjoy cups of hot chocolate and cookies, sing songs and play with elves as they travel to the North Pole. Upon arrival, they will see Santa, his shop and elves, and pick up Santa to bring back on the train.

Every child will receive a jingle bell from Santa, just like the boy in the book.

Tickets are $30 for children 1-12 and $35 for adults. First class seats are also available at $50 a piece. First class includes first class coaches, first class indoor waiting room, engineer caps and whistles and A small hobo satchel of goodies. Children will also visit with Mrs. Claus and the Polar Express conductor.

While visiting Dennison, passenger can enjoy the beautiful restored 1873 railroad depot that houses a museum And gift shop. Food and gifts will also be available at Frosty's Café and the Gingerbread Café. Children can hop aboard Santa's sleigh for a photo while waiting on the train or peek into the North Pole radio station. Pony rides, a train trolley ride and visits with the Christmas Mouse, Frosty and the Gingerbread Boys will also entertain kids as they wait on the train. All kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas, just as the characters in the original book.

Polar Express is a family memory you won't forget! For tickets, contact the Dennison Depot toll free at 1-877-278-8020 soon as there are a limited number of tickets.

Dennison is located in Tuscarawas County, 15 minutes southeast of New Philadelphia, halfway between Canton and Cambridge.

For questions, e-mail depot@tusco.net, www.dennisondepot.org.