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'The Polar Express' comes to life

Updated: Tuesday, December 24 2013, 08:53 PM EST

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY, Ohio


By: Erica Mokay


The pages of the 1985 classic "The Polar Express" come to life in Dennison, Ohio.
The sound of the whistle signals the start of a magical trip from the Dennison Depot all the way to the North Pole.

For 15 years, children young and old, dressed in their Christmas pajamas, line up by the thousands to watch this Christmas fairytale become a reality.

Dennison Depot Director Wendy Zucal said,"They see a lot but they imagine even more than they see, and to hear what they think they've seen is even more exciting."

Once everyone is aboard, a storytellerrecites the lines as little hands flip through the pages of the book about a boy taken on a special Christmas Eve journey.
During the hour and a half ride, the children and their families are greeted by characters from the movie and book.

They're served cookies and hot chocolate as the Polar Express races on.


"Oh, it's amazing. We've watched 'The Polar Express' every night a good month. So, to be able to bring her on the train is a real nice thing for her to be able to do," said Lindsey Roush of Leetonia, Ohio.

Marcy Hendricks, also of Leetonia said, "He [her son] loves it. This is the first year she [her daughter] has really understood but she seems to like it just as much as he does."

Tiny voices sing loud to their favorite Christmas songs and laugher fills the train car, but then the lights dim, the cheers turn to a whisper and the Polar Expressslows to a crawl.

"I look forward to when we reach the North Pole and they see Santa and their faces. It's just wonderful seeing the expressions on their faces and just them having fun knowing that they're on the magical train of The Polar Express," said storyteller Linda Davis.

The tiny believers peer wide-eyed out the train window because we have reached the North Pole.
Then the star of the season, Santa Claus himself,makes an appearance.
And just like the book, onelucky child is chosen to receive the first gift of Christmas.

For more information on the Dennison Depotor how to get tickets for The Polar Express,go to www.dennisondepot.org.

'The Polar Express' comes to life


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