Top 5 Stops on the Polar Express

Every year on the first Saturday in December, after hours, the library in Hilliard magically transforms into the Polar Express.  This festive activity requires a free ticket for entrance. Last year, we missed it. We didn’t get our tickets in bummer! So heed the warning; and be sure to get yours- they’re available starting November 10th.

When you enter the magical hallways, there are many activities and features for your family to enjoy.  Here’s my top 5:

1:  SANTA!!!!!!!!!!

Santa is a MUST stop during our journey at the Polar Express.  Snapping a pictures after your little love shares their wish with Old Saint Nick is truly a time honored tradition.

2: Cookie Decorating

First, it’s FREE.  The whole event; including this stop.  The kids can sprinkle their treat to their heart’s content and enjoy the sugar rush right on the spot; or take the treat home for another time.

3: Games and Activities

You will be given a map of where to go and what to expect when you enter the Polar Express. Stopping by and playing all the games is among my girls favorite things to do!

4: Hot Cocoa Station

You can’t complete a Polar Express Experience without hot chocolate; and it’s FREE.  It will be located at the Public Perk. Your family can take a break, enjoy the cocoa (and perhaps their decorated cookie, too) and relax for a minute before continuing on with other festivities. We’ll have caffeinated beverages for sale, if you need a little help staying in the festive spirit.  I’ve got four daughters to keep up with.  NO JUDGEMENT. 


Perhaps the best part of the whole experience; you must be sure to attend your allotted time for the puppet show.  When your ticket is punched at the entrance, you’ll be assigned a Polar Express Puppet Show time- DON’T MISS IT! Festive fun and laughter, it’s a truly memorable time for the family.

It’s truly a magical evening of holiday memories.  We WON’T miss it this year! 

Get your tickets in person at the Library’s Main Desk! 

What’s one of your favorite holiday activities?


  1. Karen McMichael on November 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    It sounds like so much fun!!

  2. Angie Yoder on November 9, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Is this how you get tickets??

    • Tim Hofmann on November 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Pick ’em up at the library, in person, before they run out!

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