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“Polar Express ”

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Amazing trip in every way. We were happy with the staff dancing on the train. The singing was very joyful and cheerful. We were in first class we absolutely enjoyed everything about this trip. It was festive and it exceeded our expectations with our 12-year-old daughter and our three-year-old grandson.

Thank Jenny R
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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful train ride. We purchased tickets in July and have been waiting with eager anticipation. Of course we went first class. The “chef” was adorable. But when Santa got on the train handing out bells and taking time to talk to each child, the night became even more magical. Highly recommended for families with small children. It’s worth every dollar spent.

Thank RJCrapps
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Went with a group of friends. nice ride. They need loud speakers to make the announcements while in the car b/c you can't really hear them but otherwise fun.

Thank Scott S
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Have went to the North Pole by way of the Great Smokey Mountains Railroad twice over the past 3 years. All the staff was friendly and especially Santa which spent a lot more time on our "Standard" car than I thought he would. Wasn't in a big hurry and seemed to enjoy his job. The town itself is fantastic small town. Be sure to look up the woodworker adjacent to the train depot. He works on wooden toys and looks like Santa's twin. The only difference between the trips we have made is Santa's helpers on the cars. Some take it seriously while others appear to be just another job. As far as following the movie it really doesn't. You do ride a train and get hot chocolate and a treat, pickup Santa from a plywood town and ride back to the depot. If you are expecting this adventure to go along with the book or movie you will be let down. Overall a good experience and the look on my kids face was worth every penny.

Thank woodsman8
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

We went in October mid week.. every year the fall season differs.
So check before you plan your trip.
We took Open car. As we dint get booking in other category.. we did book it last minute. It starts from Bryson city.. the city is small and picturesque. .
Had lunch there and boarded 2pm train. The journey is awesome.. wonderful scenary . As it was a open car, means natural cool breeze greets you and thw photographer in you can experiment a no of photos.
Its a must thing to do..the following snaps are captured during the journey

Thank Sumana S
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