Polar Express rolls through Blackberry Farm

By on November 30, 2009

AURORA—The Polar Express train is welcoming all aboard during the first two weekends in December at Blackberry Farm for its annual Yuletide celebration amid thousands of glittering lights.

The holiday spirit comes to life on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 5 and 6, and 12 and 13, from 4 to 7 p.m., when the decorated train will run continuously around sparkling Lake Gregory.

“There will literally be thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights, from the ticket window at the train depot to the trees along the walkways,” facility supervisor Sandy Smith said. “It’s a holiday spectacle; a true winter wonderland.”

Classic holiday music favorites play in the background throughout the event. The book “The Polar Express” will be read by story tellers at the school house. Santa Claus will delight young visitors at the Early Streets Museum, which also will feature a pair of holiday toy train displays—one of them a village layout and the other made of Legos. Also, hot chocolate and cookies will be available for purchase at the Huntoon House.

The Blackberry Farm gift shop will be open during Polar Express. The gift shop will be open throughout December on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., selling an assortment of stocking stuffers with unique holiday gift items, many of them hand-crafted.

Admission to Polar Express is $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents. Blackberry Farm is located at 100 S. Barnes Road in Aurora, south of Galena Boulevard about one-half mile west of Orchard Road. For more information, call (630) 892-1550.