November 15, 2020 –

Hartland’s Polar Express Day is chugging on for 2020! The popular community event, that began in 2013, is transitioning to a “Drive-thru Experience” this year to allow for proper social distancing, while still bringing the magic of the holidays to the Village of Hartland. 

Participants are encouraged to wear their best pajamas and decorate their car to look like a train to slowly chug through the historic Village of Hartland to encounter the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including a real reindeer, Santa, carolers and surprises around every corner! This community event is offered for free and no advance registration is required.

Cromaine Library Community Relations Manager, Pam Holtz, said “If there was ever a year that needed extra holiday magic, it’s 2020! We knew the safest way to bring joy during this year’s Polar Express event would be offering a drive-thru experience, and we’re so grateful for all of the work and dedication that has made this happen.”

The event, which runs from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, takes place along a route that begins at the Hartland High School parking lot off of Dunham Road and winds its way to Crouse Road and eventually Hartland Road to School Road, which will be closed to non-event traffic the morning and early afternoon of December 12. The route will take about 30 minutes to traverse and participants are required to remain in their vehicles for the duration of this event.  

“Hartland’s Polar Express Day is truly a community-led event,” said Marta Jackson, Cromaine Library’s Youth Services Manager. “The Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority and the Livingston County Sheriff offer their traffic control expertise, local business leaders contribute resources and entertainment, Hartland students and other community groups volunteer their time; all to celebrate a great book and bring joy to our community. It’s a delight to see the creativity and effort these community partners have put into reimagining this event to allow it to go forward in a safe and responsible manner. We hope the community has as much fun experiencing it as we’ve had planning it.”

The event has activities inspired by the 1985 children’s book, The Polar Express published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which was written and illustrated by Grand Rapids native and University of Michigan graduate Chris Van Allsburg. 

Thank you to our supporting sponsors Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce, Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority, Hartland United Football Club, Jellison CPA, Michigan Financial Planning, Universal Credit Services, MIT Dance Studio, Beauchamp Water and Village Real Estate Group.

Visit the Polar Express Website