Polar Express


Polar Express




All aboard the Polar Express for a magical Christmas Eve journey to the first Christmas. Join us for this family-friendly, interactive experience that will leave you and your family smiling! Relive your favorite scenes from this classic holiday film as the Conductor takes us on an unforgettable journey to Nazareth & Bethlehem.

Doors open at 9am for pre-boarding activities: kid activities & craft area, photo opportunities with the train, and a hot cocoa bar. The train departure time (service time) begins promptly at 10am - so pack your bags, use your imagination, and join us for this magical Christmas Eve morning experience! 



LOCATION: Scranton Middle School | 8415 Maltby Road Brighton, MI

Service will be held in the cafetorium. Before service, there will be "pre-boarding" activities in school lobby, Media Center, and a photo opportunities outside with our train float.

TIME: 9am: Pre-boarding Activities | 10am: Service begins



Door will open at 9am for lots of fun pre-boarding activities! The entire Alive Kids Elementary Room will be open with kid crafts & activities. There will be a delicious hot cocoa bar in the lobby with unlimited free hot cocoa, and there be fun photo opportunities with our train float in front of the building and at a photo booth in the lobby! Plan to arrive early to enjoy all the fun before service! 


Kid Craft & Activities Area

Your kids will love the Kid's Craft & Activity Area where they will be able to make a holiday craft to take home and have fun with different games & activities. 


Hot Cocoa Bar

Yum! We will have a hot cocoa bar where you can make your own creative hot chocolate mix to take home and enjoy with your family. 


Photo with Train!

Our Polar Express Train Float will be in front of the building for kids to take pictures with it. And there will also be photo booth opportunities indoors as well. 


The train will "depart" (service will begin) promptly at 10am! The Polar Express Christmas Eve Experience will be a interactive, family-friendly experience, so families will be able to attend service together and children of all ages will enjoy! During service the conductor will take us on a special journey to the first Christmas. During service, you can expect to experience different Polar Express video elements, interactive kid-friendly elements, singing of classic Christmas songs, and don't be surprised to see servers dancing in the aisles passing out "hot chocolate" too! Join us as we stand in wonder of the first Christmas in a fun, magical, family-friendly way! 


QUESTION: Will childcare be available? 

  • The Polar Express Christmas Eve Experience is a family-friendly service that kids of all ages will enjoy. So, families are invited to attend together. Therefore, no childcare is available. On normal Sunday mornings at Alive Family Church, fun, safe, and clean childcare is available for children ages 2 months-5th grade.

QUESTION: What should I wear?

  • You are welcome to wear whatever you are comfortable in! Some people are used to "dressing up" a bit on Christmas Eve, and other might want to come in PJs like the kids on the Polar Express did. All dress styles are welcome and appropriate.

QUESTION: How long will service last?

  • Service will start at 10am and we will be done by 11:15am. We want to respect your time and recognize that children will be in service, so we will be done no later than 11:15, and the entire service will be very interactive and captivate all ages. 

QUESTION: When do you guys normally have Sunday morning services? 

  •  We always have Sunday morning services at 10am at Scranton Middle School. We would love to have you come check us out even before the Polar Express Christmas Eve Experience! We have a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere that will make you feel at home! Check out this link to find out more.

We hope to see you this Christmas Eve at the Polar Express Experience! It is going to be so much fun and we'd love to experience it with you!