Polar Express Events in Boston and Beyond

Check out this list of Polar Express Events in the Greater Boston or road trip distance. If you’re interested, grab your tickets. The events often sell out in advance.

Do you have another Polar Express event that your family loves to attend? Add it in the comments!


Eventbrite – The North Pole Express presented by Saint Michael School – Saturday, December 13, 2014 at The North Pole Express, Newburyport, MA. Find event and ticket information.
December 13, 2014 from Kingston, MA
Get your tickets now for the South Shore Polar Express! Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plymouth, this fun and exciting train ride features a reading of the “Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg with Chefs serving hot chocolate, Elves distributing gift bags for each child and a special visit from Santa. Kids are encouraged to wear their jammies over their clothes to celebrate this wonderful and warm-hearted story experience!
On Sunday, December 7th, 2014 the spirit of the holiday will descend upon the quaint village of Scituate, Massachusetts as children embark on a magical train ride to the North Pole. This 60-90 minute train ride departing from the Greenbush Commuter Rail Station to the North Pole will delight children and adults alike. Children will be entertained with the reading of this classic story of “The Polar Express”, have milk and cookies, sing Christmas carols, and be visited by Santa’s Elves, Frosty, Rudolph, and the big man in red, Santa, and Mrs. Claus. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas to get into the spirit of the event. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa and most importantly the “magical” silver bell.
The Polar Express Event of New England®. Take a magical Journey to the North Pole! The Polar Express Event of New England® offers this truly unique adventure as a four dimensional interactive experience that only happens here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We are the original Polar Express Event that includes a wonderful train ride to the North Pole, a sea of elves, and of course, Santa himself!
Departing Anderson Station in Woburn on Sunday, December 14, 2014.
Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.

Looking for a little something different? Check out the Polar Express 4D experience at the Museum of Science.

For more things to do in Boston with kids, check out our Boston event calendar, which is always updated!


Annie The Musical Review

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Diane Thies from Dollops of Diane for taking us inside Opening Night of Annie with this review!

annie-daddy-warbucks-boston-musicalMy seven year old daughter, Isabelle, five year old son, Henry, and I headed into Boston as guests for opening night of Annie at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. We arrived for Annie and Daddy Warbucks’ red carpet arrival. They came in an old timey car and gave autographs to the kids. It was super cute.

We then headed into the theatre for the start of an amazing show! It was charming, heartfelt, comical, and entertaining. It was the whole package. The theatre provided booster seats for the kids which was great so that they could easily see all the action.

I couldn’t help but marvel over Annie and the other orphans and think of just how young they are. Issie Swickle who plays Annie is NINE. Nine years old?!?! Amazing. She was flawless – they all were. I particularly loved Miss Hannigan, played by Lynn Andrews. She nailed the performance with humor and charisma!

review-annie-musical-bostonThe theatre was full of a lot of children but you barely heard them. Everyone was engrossed in the performance. The show itself is somewhat long – it ran a little over two and a half hours (with a 15 minute intermission – refreshments available). My suggestion if you are bringing small children would be to go to a matinee performance. Henry is my biggest Annie fan but even his excitement couldn’t keep him awake for the whole show (which started at 7pm). He passed out on my lap with about 20 minutes left to the show. Conveniently, we parked in the garage right next to the Wang so that I didn’t have to carry him too far to the car!

If you are an Annie lover I would definitely recommend the show. We are still talking about it here and playing the soundtrack on repeat. It’s fun, uplifting, and definitely a great show for a child (or child at heart!) to attend.

Annie is performing live at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, Boston from November 5-16, 2014. You can get your tickets HERE. Use the Code MOMS to get a 20% discount!

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets were provided to see Annie and an invitation was extended to attend the red carpet arrival. Opinions are based solely on the writer’s experience.

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Annie The Musical Coming to Boston Discount Code Plus a Giveaway

annie_main_600x438__largeANNIE is making a stop from November 5-16, 2014 at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center (Wang Theatre) on it’s National Tour. The show is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 18th time, but this production of ANNIE will be a brand new performance of the iconic Tony Award-winning original.

The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 37 years. It also gave us a first glimpse of soon-to-be star Sarah Jessica Parker.

The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

ANNIE plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 16, 2014, for 16 performances: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm; matinees on Thursday, November 6 at 11:00 am, Tuesday, November 11 at 2:00 pm, and Saturdays at 2:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $35.00 – $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket.

Family Friendly Boston readers can enter below to win 4 Tickets to the Opening Night Performance at 7 PM on November 5, 2014.

Tickets are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@citicenter.org

For a 20% discount, visit the Citi Center web site and enter code: MOMS.

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