A winding line of parents and grandparents snakes through the City Council Chambers at City Hall Saturday morning in the hunt for Polar Bear Express tickets.

Sorry, you’re probably too late to buy Polar Bear Express tickets

Most of the 4,400 were sold Saturday

Parks and Recreation Director Tom Reeder handles a transaction.

Tickets are reserved to keep families from waiting too long in line on the night of their ride.

It only took a day for all of the Friday and Saturday Polar Bear Express tickets to be sold out.

The $2 tickets for the popular annual event, which was canceled last year because of the pandemic, went on sale at 8 a.m. Saturday. Actually, Parks and Recreation Director Tom Reeder started before then because he and his staff were ready for the onslaught and didn’t see why he should keep the parents and grandparents waiting longer than necessary.

Only Thursday-night tickets were left after Saturday, and they may have all been sold at City Hall by now.

The Polar Bear Express (Streetcar No. 60) will take 4,400 ticket holders plus children 3 and younger on laps around King Jack Park through a display of Christmas lights on three weekends: Dec. 2 – 4; Dec. 9 – 11, and Dec. 16 – 18.


The annual Downtown Holiday Market will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to the downtown boutiques, there will be pop-up vendors in Spencer’s Sweet Call and Confetti Events.

Webb City’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by Project Graduation, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. Sign up here to enter.

Carterville’s Christmas Parade will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, followed by Cookies with Santa at 6 p.m. at the Community Center.

The line of ticket buyers extended outside.