16 Nov 2017

Pennyrile Polar Express, December 9

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REVISED express logoFeel the spirit of the season centered around the wonder of trains on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the 13th Annual Pennyrile Polar Express! Historic East 9th Street will be transformed into a winter wonderland with train station stops that feature free activities sponsored by local businesses. Located on East 9th Street from Main Street to the railroad tracks, the event is open to the public and will run from 3pm-5pm.

Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves at the L&N Depot as they read Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s story The Polar Express and get a copy of the book for your family. Hear The Little Engine that Could at the Bus Depot, The Christmas Story at First Presbyterian Church, and other holiday tales at Books on Main with the Christian County Literacy Council. Hop a ride on a horse-drawn carriage or cruise down the street on a miniature train. Stop by the Pennyroyal Area Museum, the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum, the Christian County Historical Society, and the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church to watch model trains zoom around extravagant layouts. Holiday crafts can be made at First Presbyterian Church with Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Emerging Young Leaders, and you can get your face painted by the folks at Infinite Ink Tattoo Studio. Popcorn, hot chocolate, and other drinks are available along the route. This special event is sure to show you the essence of the holiday season.

Click 2017 Polar Express-Footprint Map to take a peek at all of the fun to be had at Pennyrile Polar Express this year!

We could use the help of a few good elves. If you would like to lend a hand for an hour, click HERE to sign up!

The Pennyrile Polar Express is part of the Hopkinsville Holiday Celebration that includes an entire day of holiday cheer. Don’t miss these other downtown events:

  • Christmas Market on the Square with Trees, 10am-7pm, Founders Square
  • Dickens Alley Experience on 6th Street, see stores for specific hours
  • Ornament Making activity, 3pm-4:30pm, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library with Knot Just Quilters
  • Hopkinsville Christmas Night Parade, 5:15pm-6:45pm, Main Street from Glass Avenue to 14th Street with Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation
  • Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, following the conclusion of the parde, Bethel Street at 9th Street with Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation
  • Holiday Lights & Decorations Tour, from the Library with the City of Hopkinsville (pre-registration required)
  • Movie: The Polar Express, 7:30pm, Alhambra Theatre with the Pennyroyal Arts Council

Looking for a special place to shop for Christmas presents?

Our Museum Shop has a wide selection of gifts for those looking for items with a local twist. Local books and items related to holistic health stock our shelves. Get the 2017 Kiwanis ornament that celebrates the solar eclipse and the Pennyroyal Arts Council and Hopkinsville Art Guild’s Christian County Counts book. Other fun gift items in the shop include Tobacco Barns of Western Kentucky and Farming in the Black Patch that showcase our region’s agricultural heritage and beauty, a documentary about the Kitty League, a reproduction of a 1901 publication of the Pembroke Journal, prints of the historic Hotel Latham, solar eclipse swag, and so much more! An annual membership makes a great gift, too!

The Museums will be closed for the holidays from Saturday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 26.  The Museums will be closed on New Year’s Day. (The Museums remain closed to the public on Mondays.)

Pennyrile Polar Express is presented in part by the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County, the Pennyroyal Arts Council, the Christian County Literacy Council, the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, and Flynn Enterprises. Special thanks to Sue Badgett, Planters Bank, Pennyrile Electric, Fort Campbell Spouse’s Club, Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club, Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority (HWEA), WKDZ/WHVO, Atmos Energy, Tom’s Family Pharmacy, and Siemer Milling for their support. Additional sponsors include WHOP/Lite 98.7, J. Schrecker Jewelry, Hopkinsville Elevator, Hopkinsville Milling Company, Hughart, Beard, & Giles, Dr. Jeffrey Chapman, and Modernette Civic Club.

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