Monday, December 7, 2009

The Polar Bear Express pulls out of the station on Saturday

The Polar Bear Express will run Saturday (December 12) starting at 4 pm with the last ride departing at 6 pm. The Express, usually known as the Old streetcar No. 60, will be decked out in Christmas lights and decorations. Before and after the ride, children can warm up in the station (the Chamber of Commerce at 555 South Main Street) with a cup of hot chocolate and a visit with a friendly “polar bear”. The bear will be happy to pose for photos.

On the train, children will listen to the book, the Polar Express, during 10 - 15 minute ride. (Kids should dress warmly because the streetcar is not heated.) Each child will receive a Polar Express activity sheet.

At 6 pm the Four State Gospel Choir will lead Christmas carol-singing around the Kneeling Miner where Santa will light the city Christmas tree at 6:30.

It's all free and takes place at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park just south of MacArthur (State Highway 171).

The event is sponsored by the Webb City Parks and Recreation Department, the Friends of the Webb City Parks, the Southwest Missouri Electric Streetcar Association and the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call 417 483-8139.