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All aboard the Polar Express

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It's an age old question: do you believe in Santa Claus? True believers -- kids and adults -- caught a ride Saturday on The Polar Express to the North Pole, hoping to meet Santa.

Reporter Melissa Sheketoff: What's your take on The Polar Express?

Fagan Hart/Vermont Children's Trust Foundation: We love the story at my house we read it for years and years we still read it and it's one of our holiday favorites.

It takes a year of preparation for Hart to organize the Polar Express in partnership with Green Mountain Railroad. The event gives money back to the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation.

"It gives people a real sense of what we're trying to do for all the children of Vermont, give them a little bit of magic every day of the year," Hart said.

The classic children's book written in 1985 became an Oscar nominated film in 2004. The storyline has now carried on for 11 years in Burlington. Kids dress in pjs, take a ride to the North Pole, read the story, and finally meet the man in the red suit.

"We think it's just a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with your family and get in the spirit," Hart said.

Hart's daughter, AJ, has volunteered for the event for the last 10 years -- talk about family getting into the holiday spirit.

"I love just seeing the kids' reactions when they come and seeing all the elves, especially at night when it's all lit up --  it's really magical. I imagine it's one of the best parts of being a kid," said AJ Hart.

Tickets are $25 and purchased ahead of time through an online lottery system. This year both days for riding are sold out.

"It's a really awesome experience. I know it's hard to get tickets in the lottery, but it's worth giving it a shot," AJ Hart said.

A train ride that brings the story of believing to life.

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