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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The first signs of winter were noticed in downtown today.

‘Not every day do we get a reindeer out here,’ says Tom Lyons of Lodging Hospitality Management.

Santa’s little helpers were enough to bring a crowd of nearby office workers out for pictures and the news that trains will be returning and departing from union station.

‘You know the power of imagination that dreams really can come true and bringing the polar express train ride to Union Station and to St. Louis and this region is very exciting for all of us,’ says Lyons.

That`s especially true for former St. Louisan and railroad owner Allen C. Harper.

‘To do a Polar Express is like a dream come true for me because I grew up in St. Louis and my last train ride here was 59 years ago,’ says Allen C. Harper, owner of Rail Events.

Harper has owned two railroads for 17 years, the Durango Silverton in Colorado and the great Smokey mountain railroad in North Carolina.

Coach tickets on the polar express will run 38 dollars and first class tickets 68 bucks.

The 40 minute train rides that encourage passengers wear their pajamas will begin November 22nd and run through December 28th, leaving from under the historic train shed.

‘Santa gets onboard and on the way back they sing Christmas Carols and Santa gives every child the first gift of Christmas which is a bell from his sleigh,’ says Harper.  ‘Last year I gave away 600-thousand bells. ‘

That must be a ringing endorsement of the popularity of this polar train ride, especially for those that believe.

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