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The Polar Express

2014 Family Film Series

Rating: G
Runtime: 100 min
Release Year: 2004

Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family's dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. A long-time fan of Van Allsburg's book, Hanks also helped produce the film.

Author: Tracie Cooper
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari, Leslie Zemeckis, Michael Jeter, Eddie Deezen.

The Bethel Woods' family film series brings families and communities together to become inspired through the arts, learn something new and to empower all ages through self expression. All of our family film start with a pre-activity to enrich the experience of making memories and creating new ones!

Bethel Woods' Educational and Children's programming is supported by Annelise Gerry and Family and the Rhulen/Loughlin Family - In Memory of Trevor John Loughlin.  



All dates, acts, times and ticket prices subject to change without notice.

  • Dec 6 , 2014
  • Museum Theater and Event Gallery
  • Pictures with Santa from 1:00-3:00 PM
    Pre Film Activity: gingerbread cookie decorating from 3:00-3:45 PM
    Doors Open at 3:45 PM
    Movie starts at 4:00 PM