DeSoto Polar Express Pajama Party

The Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation is hosting its annual Polar Express Pajama Party on Monday.

The event, in its fifth year, is presented by Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics. Fans get to wear pajamas, robes and slippers in the historic theater.

The Polar Express Pajama Party runs from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and is part of the RACA Children’s series, a partnership between the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation and the Rome Area Council for the Arts.

Upon arriving at the entrance to the DeSoto, Dr. Ryan Cox, dressed as the train engineer, will welcome children and will punch their “train” tickets for a night of Christmas magic. Then it’s “All Aboard” just as in the book and the movie, as his whistle and powerful voice get the evening started.

HDTF President Chris Jackson said children will have the opportunity to rotate between three different activity stations throughout the DeSoto: a craft station, milk and cookies, and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Once children finish those three stations, they will move into the auditorium and listen to an interactive reading of “The Polar Express.”

“Our community is lucky to have health care providers like our sponsors for The Polar Express party who not only care for the wellbeing of our children during the day, but also support quality, family-oriented events happening around Rome,” Jackson said. “We are thrilled to have Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics returning as our presenting sponsor for this event because they truly make it their own.”

As part of the collaboration with RACA, a number of tickets are made available free of charge to ensure that children who might otherwise not be able to attend, can share in these experiences.

Tickets are $7 per child and include free admission for one adult. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged; tickets are available online at