Polar Express Tree

“Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”
― Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

The Polar Express was one of my childhood favorites. I even remember the first time I picked the book up at a school book fair. The rich colors on every page brought to life the North Pole. Not only did I love the story, but I loved that at the center of this magical story was a locomotive. Even as a baby, I enjoyed trains more than most. My parents even considered moving near the railroad tracks for me. Although I’m older now, I still enjoy the holiday classic with my husband. We aboard the Polar Express in Bryson City, North Carolina every year during the holidays. It’s one of my favorite traditions with Ryan. I decided several years ago to start this tree. It’s one of my favorite trees for sure! From the quilted tree skirt to the conductors hat, I love it all.


I started this tree with a few ornaments from Hallmark and nothing more. I’ve slowly collected train and Santa themed ornaments over the last few years. Several of the Santa ornaments are Jim Shore creations. The glass ornaments and miniature water globes are from our train excursions. I found the postcards last year at a shop here in Atlanta. I also have the Lionel Polar Express circling the tree and gifts. I added the lanterns this year, because who doesn’t love a lantern??

I’ll leave you with a few tips for your holiday decorating.

  • Add coordinating decor underneath or around the tree.
  • When possible, by multiple of ornaments for continuity.
  • Add filler (ribbon, picks, etc.) to create a fuller tree.


Check back next week for another round of trees. Leave your tips below in the comments section.

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