You can add a Central New York holiday tradition to the list of things canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad's Polar Express will not be running this winter.

In a press release, the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society announced the train ride won't be operating for the holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We appreciate the support of our guests over the years and the polar attraction has become a special event for many. The percentage of repeat riders is very high and has been viewed by us as a sign of success. We have chosen this course to assure the safety of our riders, to demonstrate a responsible approach to the problem, and to assure that the quality of the product will not be compromised by the constraints of the current situation.” says Bill Branson, President of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society.

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If you have already purchased tickets for this years event there are several options.

  • You can keep your tickets for the 2021 season
  • You can transfer them to a family member who can attend
  • You can request a refund
  • You can donate the dollar amount of your ticket to railroad

You need to decide what to do with your tickets by December 15th and must send an email to with your decision.

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