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As the shopping malls get busier and busier, families can escape the crowds for an Adirondack getaway promising sing-alongs and Santa aboard everyone’s favourite holiday train.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway Polar Express departs Saratoga Train Depot and transports guests to the North Pole on an unforgettable story-book journey complete with hot chocolate, dancing chefs and vintage dome train cars.

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At the North Pole, Santa and his helper elf board the train for the return trip, greeting each child with holiday spirit and the first gift of Christmas – a bell cut from his sleigh. It is said that only children and those who still believe can actually hear the bell ring. Passengers then join in Christmas caroling.

A Family Getaway Holiday Package pairs Polar Express train tickets with hotel accommodations at a choice of three Saratoga Springs hotels for a weekend getaway or mid-week escape.

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Package prices begin at $105 per person, based on double occupancy, and include standard seats aboard Saratoga & North Creek Railway’s The Polar Express; one-night at either the Courtyard Marriot, Saratoga Downtowner, or The Inn at Saratoga; 10 per cent off at Circus Café plus complimentary, homemade cotton candy; and a steam train collectible ornament plus one coloring book per child.

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Amtrak is also providing an economic deals to travel to Saratoga Springs on the scenic Adirondack route running between New York and Montreal.

Polar Express departures take place at 5:30p.m. and 7:30p.m. daily, until January 6.