The Polar ExpressTM Overnight Hotel Deals and Things to do nearby

Hotel Packages

Avoid long late night drives home, and experience the fullness of the holidays in Pierce County with an overnight trip for your family adventure. 


20 or Less  Miles from THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train

Cabins and Cottages: Polar Express(TM) Packages

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20-40 Miles from THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train

Holiday Inn Express Downtown Tacoma

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Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

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Fairfield by Marriott

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Zoolights, Point Defiance Zoo and Ice skating

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

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La Quinta Inn & Suites and Conference Center

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Making the most of your POLAR EXPRESSTM experience

Here is some information to make sure your visit to Elbe and Mount Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum for THE POLAR EXPRESSTM is a fantastic and magical experience for the whole family.

Helpful tips and ideas

Plan ahead and pack accordingly. Don't forget:

  • pajamas (it's THE POLAR EXPRESSTM, after all)
  • waterproof jacket
  • gloves
  • umbrella
  • snacks for the kids
  • OPTIONAL: canned and shelf-stable food, hygiene and household items that will be collected as donations to the local food pantry

Give yourself plenty of time

The scenic drive to Elbe features some gorgeous scenery, but smaller roads with lots of cars traveling for THE POLAR EXPRESSTM can cause delays. Plan to arrive 45 minutes early - or even earlier, if you're planning to dine in Elbe - to play it safe.
Also, please be aware that the Mount Rainier Railroad parking lot does require a $4 parking permit that can be purchased when you arrive. 

Places to eat in Elbe

Elbe has several great dining spots, but your options may be limited by operating hours and capacity, so it's important to plan ahead and arrive early if you wish to eat in Elbe before your POLAR EXPRESSTM experience. Here are some of the choice's you'll have once you're in Elbe. 
Elbe Bar & Grill
Local watering hole with good pub food, beer and cocktails
54312 182 Ave Ct E, Elbe, WA 98330
Open Sunday - Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.; Friday - Saturday 12:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Good burgers and milkshakes, with outdoor seating
54109 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98330
Open Sunday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.
*** CASH ONLY ***
Elbe Mall
A well-stocked convenience store with snacks and sandwiches.
54011 SR7, Elbe, WA 98330
Open daily 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
DeWitt's Elbe Junction
Old-fashioned grocery store and coffee shop
54209 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98330
Monday - Tuesday closed; Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Things for families to do in and around Elbe

If you're coming to the area for THE POLAR EXPRESSTM, consider making a day or a weekend of it, to break up the long drives and create some incredible family memories. Elbe, Ashford and Eatonville are small communities in the shadow of Mount Rainier with activities and attractions to help make the decision an easy one.
Things to do on your way to THE POLAR EXPRESS(TM)

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Duris Cucumber Farm grows strawberries, green beans, pickling and slicing cucumbers,... More

Daily 9am-7pm when fruit is ripe, usually mid-late July. The natural bog of our 70 year old... More

The goal of the Puyallup Historical Society at Meeker Mansion is to restore and preserve... More

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Throughout the year, the Puyallup Main Street Association produces several events dedicated... More

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"Your Destination for Garden Inspiration" Visit Windmill Gardens, a unique shopping and... More