Grab your golden ticket and get dressed in your winter pajamas because the Polar Express will be pulling into Central Park on Saturday evening. In addition to a showing of the 2004 film “The Polar Express” on the big screen, the event also offers cookies and hot chocolate, a snow machine and train rides around the park.

Tes Stewart, recreation supervisor for Ardmore Parks and Recreation, said this is the second year for the event. Last year, they hosted the evening at the HFV Wilson Community Center and drew a crowd of 280, and they’ve already had over 500 sign up for this year.

“Having it at Central Park is going to give us so much more room,” Stewart said. “We’ve already got almost double our number from last year and people can still buy tickets.”

In addition to the movie, a trackless train will take visitors on a trip around the park.

“The great thing about this all being outdoors is that the train ride will go around the block at Central Park,” Assistant Director Alicia Henry said. “So even while you’re riding the train and waiting in line for it, you can still see and hear the movie. You’re still part of the atmosphere — even if it is a little bit chilly.”

Fortunately the forecast for Saturday evening is currently showing to be somewhere in the upper 40s or low 50s, so it should not get uncomfortable. And there will be plenty of hot chocolate to go around to warm everyone up.

“The Salvation Army is bringing out their truck and they’ll be helping us out with the hot chocolate,” Stewart said. “They’re going to have seven or eight helpers handing out all the hot chocolate, and we’ll have some volunteers with us to hand out the cookies. They’ll both be served throughout the entire event.”

Night on the Polar Express will be at Central Park from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Tickets are $3 per person and available in advance online at, or they can be purchased at the park the night of the event (cash only). The Salvation Army will be collecting donations by their truck.