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Polar Express Party

Get on track and plan your next Polar Express Adventure. Let the journey begin!

Polar Express Party

This is our second year celebrating this newly classic Christmas party. I can’t even think of not celebrating this party or else….! My 4 year old, at the time, started this tradition.”Mommy can we watch the Polar Express movie and invite Kylee and Addie over?” And so the preparation began!

Design & Decor

Planning for a child’s party can be lots of fun, because in the end, all the kids want to do is run around and have a blast! The planning is just as much fun, or more, as the actual party! Let’s face it…when a kids party starts, you need to be prepared, organized, and on your toes or else chaos will win the battle! So I have my fun before the party starts, and pretend to be a kid again, and remember all the things that caught my attention at parties!


Inspiration was of course trains! Creating the invitation can be just as fun as decorating for the party! Remember the invite is a hint at what your guests can expect at your party! Don’t forget the golden ticket, which must be presented at arrival, in order to board the party train! Bringing things to life helps a child (me too!) relate to the real things in life! That golden ticket will become the beginning of a great adventure. Have fun writing your party details by making your party the real deal! You can include famous quotes from the movie to add to your invite. Here is a sample of our party details you might want to use for your next Polar Express adventure!

All Aboarrrrrd!!!
For a Polar Express Adventure

Date: Christmas Eve (party date)

Time: Five minutes before midnight (party time)

Train Station: The (host)

@ Platform # (Host address)

Destination: North Pole!

Hot Chocolate and Treats will be served
Pajamas required for all passengers

Well… are you comin’ ???

RSVP Conductor: (Host name)

@ (host contact number)

Ticket required at Boarding Time


Setting the table

Sometimes deciding what to set for a party table can be hard, but this one came easy when I found the perfect winter plates. These winter paper plates were designed with stripes of blues and snowflakes which gave inspiration for the right table decor. Draping ribbon across the table, adding a few homemade snowflakes, and sprinkling some fake snow gave a simple but perfect winter feel for our little guests. Check out for easy instructions on making your own snowflakes.


I really like the idea of having a centerpiece that can also be used for the party. Often times we place things on the table and they are never used. These visual decorations can be great but for a kids party, the more touchable and edible, the happier they are!.  So, these yummy marshmallow snowmen treats were the centerpiece and a special treat for each of our guests to enjoy! We simply filled a bowl with sugar to resemble snow and stuck them in!

These were super easy to make. Just melt your white chocolate. Stack 3 marshmallows on a stick. Dip into chocolate and spread with a spoon in order to cover all the marshmallows. Save enough chocolate to dye orange for the nose later. Place in refrigerator until set. Melt a small amount of chocolate for the arms. Place melted chocolate into a small baggie, snack size, and cut a very small slit at corner. Draw your arms on and do the same for your nose with saved white chocolate dyed orange. Return to refrigerator to set.

Party Favors

This party favor became a part of our table decor as well. At each place setting we labeled a paper cup “Hot Cocoa to Go” and filled each one with a layered cocoa mix and a candy cane for later! Unfortunately, blue candy canes were scarce in our tow,n so we opted for the traditional. A blue candy cane would definitely fit into this color scheme!

Keeping on Track!

Attention to detail can make your party stand out above all others! Remember bringing things to life really helps a child adjust to a new and fun environment. Children love becoming a part of the action, so we took the time to transform our home into an unforgettable adventure! Black electric tape and brown construction paper became tracks and the look on the little guys faces as they entered were all worth the extra effort!

Daddy even joined in on the fun and was our conductor for the evening. Thanks daddy!

We added a little more detail as the children walked in.

Fun Activities!


A Letter to Santa!

Waiting for all your guests to arrive, so the festivities can begin, can sometimes be hard for little ones. With an attention span of a 4 year old, they just can’t sit and wait patiently. The anticipation is overwhelming and that’s OK. We had our guests write a letter to Santa while they waited! They placed their letter in a special mail bag to ensure Santa received their request! (We handed them to mom and dad later to ensure they were on the right track with their Christmas shopping!)

Keeping Order!

Some may think I’m crazy for inviting a dozen little guests to my house, but this activity card was the solution to our 12 little guests full of energy! As the children entered, we gave them an activity card to wear as a necklace! We choose 4 different colors and had 3 – 4 children per group. The color will specify what group they are in and how they will rotate to each activity. Once they have completed an activity, their card is punched, and they can move on to complete the others! No one missed out! So get your helping elves in order and let the fun begin. Here are the activities we planned.

Mrs. Claus Kitchen- Cookie Decorating

Sugar cookies and frosting were ready for design! Check out our fantastic sugar cookie and frosting recipe!

Sugar Cookies

3 1/2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Combine and whisk flour, salt and baking powder and set aside. In a separate bowl beat sugar and eggs until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, add flour mixture and mix until a smooth dough forms. Divide in 1/2 , place in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll out dough and cut out desired shapes. Place on a greased cookie sheet and refrigerate 10 minutes (this helps the cookie to keep it’s shape). Bake 10 minutes.

Royal Frosting

2 egg whites

2 tsp lemon juice

3 cups powdered sugar

Beat egg whites and lemon juice together. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Use immediately or store in airtight container.

Dancing Chef

I think Chris got a little of that ‘BELIEVE’ fever, because not often do you find Chris dressed to impress. Thanks Chef Chris for helping out with snack time!

The Elves Den- Games Galore

We had some super fun elves help us out with games like ‘pin the nose on the reindee’r, a

‘snowflake toss,’ and a few more!

Santa’s Workshop – Simple Fun Crafts

Make sure your craft is easy, fast, and age appropriate! Possibly one they can do on their own. That means less for you to worry about, and more time for you to enjoy the moment!

Winter Wonderland – Face Painting

Most children love having their face painted. We chose simple designs like a snowman, Christmas tree, and star.


Food Menu!

Our table setting required no utensils, only napkins, to at least try to keep clean. Finger foods were a perfect choice and definitely kid friendly. We took our train theme and transformed our buffet table into a railroad scene from the Polar Express. I think it turned out great! We added a few bowls to resemble cars and filled them with finger foods like pigs in a blanket, brownie balls ( favorite) and crackers. Cheese and olive kabobs along with fruit kabobs filled glass vases of sugar to resemble snow.

This was a favorite! Brownie balls dusted with powdered sugar.

Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Balls

These treats were very easy to make and a big hit at our party! Scoop flavored ice cream of your choice into balls and place on a skewer. Place in freezer for a few hours or overnight. Melt milk chocolate chips in a double broiler over medium heat. Once chocolate is melted, remove from heat and let cool. This is the trick to making sure your chocolate sticks to the ice cream ball. If too hot the chocolate will slip right off! Dip ice cream balls into chocolate, and quickly sprinkle your choice of topping. We chose colored sprinkles, however nuts, crushed Oreo’s, etc. can be fun! Return to freezer to set.

Merry Christmas, and just Believe!


About thegalagals

We are two sisters who firmly believe that Life is made up of memorable moments, and we intend to Simply Celebrate as many as possible! And we'd love to inspire you to Simply Celebrate Your Life too!

14 comments on “Polar Express Party

  1. thetennismasons
    November 24, 2012

    We are starting a new tradition on Christmas eve this year where we do a polar express party. This gave me lots of ideas. Thanks!

  2. Melissa
    November 25, 2012

    Awesome party! I love it! Do you have the PDF files and are you willing to share them? I’d love to do this with my kindergarten class!my email is

    • thegalagals
      November 26, 2012

      Thanks Melissa!! Patty created those, and we’d be happy to share if they are still available, I’ll check with her… Thanks for finding us!

    • pattymaloy
      December 4, 2012

      Check your e-mail. I tried to send a file!

  3. Miranda
    December 3, 2012

    We are doing a polar express day with our kindergartners next week and I would love a copy as well!


    • pattymaloy
      December 4, 2012

      OK I tried to send a file. I hope it works!

      • Melissa Myers
        December 31, 2012

        We are shopping for next years party in hopes of finding deals. I would love to use these ideas as well. Can I please have a copy of your files? I’m also a first grade teacher and this could be lots of fun!

      • pattymaloy
        January 2, 2013

        Yes, definitely! I will try and send it now so please let me know if you get the file!

  4. Beverly Ebersole
    December 13, 2012

    We are doing a polar express party next week with Pre-K and I would like a copy of the file also.

    • pattymaloy
      December 21, 2012

      Opps! I fear I’m a little too late! So sorry but this month as you know is so busy and hectic I hardly find enough time to catch up on things and check up on our site! I will still send you a copy of the file and once again I apologize for not responding sooner!

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  6. Amanda
    October 18, 2013

    This is so cute!!! Could I please have a copy of those files as well? My email is

  7. Dana
    December 6, 2013

    LOVE this!!!! If you are still willing to share your files could I get a copy as well?? Thank you so much!!

  8. Angela
    March 25, 2014

    Great ideas ready for me next year as I am already planning (letting my imagination run) with ideas for my annual grandchildren christmas party which is going to be polar express, after which we are taking them to a steam train that puts on the polar express with actors in character and the telling of the story as they ride to the next station and Father Christmas gets on and gives them all the a bell made out of his sleigh 🙂

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