Are you looking to bring the magic of the Polar Express to life this holiday season? If your family loves watching The Polar Express movie every year as mine does, then a Polar Express holiday party is sure to blow everyone away and make it a truly unforgettable occasion. From decorating with train tracks and bells to setting up a yummy hot cocoa station, I have everything you need to plan an enchanting celebration. So let’s hop aboard The Polar Express together; it’ll be an adventure that everyone won’t soon forget! Read on for plenty of creative ideas you can use to plan the perfect magical Polar Express holiday party for your kids this winter.
How to Create a Magical Polar Express Holiday Party
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First, I created a snowy train scene on my mantel. Using white stuffing material, fuzzy snowballs, and a toy train and tracks, I turned my mantel into a magical mini outdoor setting for the Polar Express. The finishing touch was a variety of red, green, and gold bottle brush trees.
Over the train scene, I hung a DIY Polar Express Wreath I made. You can get the step-by-step instructions for creating your own HERE.
Underneath, I hung two garlands: one red Polar Express paper garland, and a gold jingle bell garland. The sounds of this garland jingling from time to time as air hits it really adds to the magical ambiance of the party.
At the bottom of the fireplace, I placed personalized sacks of toys from “the North Pole” with my kids’ names on them. I love adding personalized touches to my parties as often as I can, it really makes guests feel special!
Next, to one side of the fireplace, I set up more travel and train-themed decor, to bring more Polar Express elements to the party. I stacked some vintage-style suitcases on the floor and added some Polar Express holiday party props. Christmasy luggage tags, red ribbon, fluffy faux snow and greenery, and a conductor’s hat and lantern all really helped to set the scene.
Next, I set the table. I used an amazing North Pole map table runner from The Party Darling and added some piles of faux snow in the center.
Then, I placed a red “Believe” centerpiece in the middle, surrounded by mini Polar Express-themed trinkets – gold train tickets, bells, tiny cozy cocoa thermoses, mini presents from Santa’s sleigh, ribbon…even “Santa’s Magic Key”!
Next, I added the tableware. Adorable train dinner plates, bell dessert plates, and ticket napkins (all also from The Party Darling) matched the theme perfectly. I also used Christmas tags as place cards.
For drinks, I chose super fun ornament-shaped cups with red and white peppermint-style straws.
Hot Cocoa Cart
After dinner, it’s time for cookies and cocoa, of course! I set up a hot cocoa cart with more faux snow on the top level. Then added individually-wrapped Christmas cookies, and disposable hot chocolate cups in case anyone needed theirs to go. On the bottom levels, I added candy cane stirrers, a Santa jar with more cookies, and holiday marshmallows.
Looking for more Polar Express Party inspiration? Check out my Polar Express Kid’s Party – a party from years ago that still holds up, with fun train-themed crafts for kids and an amazing Polar Express movie-watching setup!
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