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You can catch a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway at the historic depot in downtown Branson, and take a winding train ride through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. November and December are particularly popular times since the train transforms into The Polar Express, riffing off the beloved children's book of the same name. The experience includes a live reading of the book, hot cocoa for all and a visit from Santa Claus.

Recent visitors said the train ride was enjoyable and that they learned a few things along the way about the towns that used to lie along the tracks. Others said that there wasn't too much picturesque scenery to enjoy during the 40-minute trip, but parents mentioned that their kids loved the Polar Express experience.

The Branson Scenic Railway operates from March to December and offers rides two to four times a day. Travelers should reserve their tickets in advance since there is limited seating in the passenger cars. Tickets cost $27.50 for adults and $17 for children ages 3 to 12. Ticket prices vary for the Polar Express experience. For more information on the Branson Scenic Railway, including departure times, visit the website

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