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Christmas lights—lights that are hung up on Christmas trees inside, and outside on buildings, trees, and other things—are celebrated today. They were invented in the early 1880s by Edward H. Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison. On December 22, 1882, he lit his Christmas tree with 80 incandescent light bulbs, at his home in New York City. Prior to this time, candles were the only way to illuminate trees, and it still took many years before electric lights became the main way trees were lit, and before outside Christmas lights became popular. Lights originally were put on trees by Christians, and they symbolized Christ as being the light of the world.

In 1895 the first electric Christmas tree was lit at the White House. By the early 20th century some publicly displayed Christmas trees began having electric lights, although this wasn't done on a large scale until the 1950s. Even the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree did not have electric lights until 1956. Some businesses began putting up lights in store windows in the early 20th Century, but most everyday people couldn't even afford lights for their own Christmas trees until around 1930. In the mid 20th century, lights separate from trees began appearing on public buildings and along streets, and individual homes began being decorated outside by owners on a large scale in the 1960s. Eventually other types of Christmas lights, besides the bulb type, began being displayed, which included whole yard displays with animatronics and statues. Light displays are now popular on other holidays besides Christmas, such as on Easter and Independence Day.

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Opponent preview: What to know about Virginia (DO; O'Brien)


After a 1-2 showing at the Allstate Maui Invitational, Syracuse responded with a 80-57 bludgeoning of LSU in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge. Judah Mintz scored a career-high 33 points while the Orange shot 52.4% from 3.

Rebounding was a key issue for SU during the two losses in Hawaii, with Tennessee and Gonzaga outrebounding it 96-61. But against the Tigers, Adrian Autry’s squad had seven more boards as Naheem McLeod and Maliq Brown took care of opposing center Will Baker.

The Orange now move on to their first and only Atlantic Coast Conference matchup before Christmas. They travel to John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia. In the last five contests between the two teams — all wins for the Cavaliers — the Orange have lost by less than 10 points four times.

The blowout victory over LSU was a big step for SU, but now it faces a bigger test against one of the top conference programs.

Here’s everything you need to know about Virginia (6-1, 0-0 ACC) ahead of its matchup with Syracuse (5-2, 0-0 ACC):

All-time series

Virginia leads 13-6.

Last time they played

The Orange and Cavaliers met at the Dome on Jan. 30. Before the game had even started, though, there was already concern on the SU side. Forward Benny Williams, who has missed three regular season contests this season, was not present during warmups. Jim Boeheim said Williams missed the game due to personal reasons, but his response during the postgame presser took on a life of its own.

In the game, Syracuse hung with Virginia throughout the first half, only trailing by one at halftime after Jesse Edwards scored seven points in the last three minutes. Mintz dropped 20 points, but the Orange struggled from 3, going 1-for-9 in the second half. The total shooting wasn’t much better. They shot 64% from the field in the first half and 34.8% in the second.

On the other end, UVA’s Jayden Gardner led the way with 17 points, while guard Kihei Clark dished out 10 assists. The Cavaliers went 46% from the field and scored 20 points off of 14 SU turnovers. Virginia held out long enough to escape central New York with a 67-62 victory.

KenPom odds

Virginia has an 82% chance to win, with a projected score of 70-59.

The Cavaliers report

Through seven games, Virginia doesn’t have a standout scorer. Point guard Reece Beekman, a preseason All-ACC pick, averages a team-high 11.9 points per game through seven contests. This has resulted in the Cavaliers ranking second-to-last in scoring offense, topping only Notre Dame. In their loss against Wisconsin, they scored just 41 points.

But what Virginia lacks in offense, it makes up for on defense. In his previous 14 seasons at UVA, head coach Tony Bennett’s defenses have been ranked in the top 25 of KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency 10 times. This year is no different, as Bennett’s unit ranks 5th in the nation with a mark of 90.6. He uses a defense called the “pack line defense,” which his father popularized. It emphasizes taking away dribble drives and interior scoring options, while forcing teams to settle for outside shots.

Beekman and fellow guard Ryan Dunn both average 2.9 steals per game. Similar to Tennessee, a team Chris Bell described as a “physical team,” the Orange will undoubtedly face another stiff defense.

How Syracuse beats Virginia

Virginia will frequently force Syracuse into long range shots. Most defenses use this strategy against the Orange, though, since Mintz and fellow guard J.J. Starling shoot a combined 25.6% from 3-point range.
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Syracuse basketball at Virginia: 5 Key Things to Know (PS; $; Waters)

The Syracuse Orange enters a new part of the 2023-24 college basketball season on Saturday as it faces ACC rival Virginia at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The game is one of seven games on the opening weekend of the ACC schedule with five games on Saturday and two more on Sunday.

If it seems like Syracuse always opens up ACC play on the road, it’s because it does. The ACC expanded its conference schedule to 20 games in the 2019-20 season, which necessitated teams playing a conference game in early December. And in each of the last four years, Syracuse has played its ACC opener on the road.

The reason? The JMA Wireless Dome hosts the New York State football playoffs on the first weekend of December every year.

Thus, the Orange hits the road on Saturday to play Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., in the ACC lid-lifter for both teams.

Both teams are coming off nice wins in the ACC/SEC Challenge. Syracuse (5-2) smacked LSU 80-57 on Tuesday, while Virginia stifled nationally-ranked Texas A&M 59-47 on Wednesday.

Syracuse had struggled against a pair of ranked teams; Tennesssee and Gonzaga, in the Maui Invitational, but put forth a much more complete effort in the win over LSU.

In its win over Texas A&M, Virginia once again exhibited its defensive prowess. The Cavaliers improved to 111-2 in the Tony Bennett coaching era when holding teams to fewer than 50 points. The mere fact that Virginia has held teams under 50 points a total of 113 times in Bennett’s 14-plus years there is impressive on its own. Syracuse has been the victim in three of those games.

The Syracuse-Virginia game is scheduled to start at noon on ESPN2. Here are 5 Key Things to Know about the matchup:

Gimme a D

Any discussion of Virginia basketball has to start with the Cavaliers’ vaunted defense. Tony Bennett’s teams are legendary for being able to shut down even high-powered offensive teams.
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SU Basketball player JJ Starling makes appearance at Dunkin' Donuts in East Syracuse (informnny.com; video; 9ABC)

SU Basketball player JJ Starling makes appearance at Dunkin' Donuts in East Syracuse

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Syracuse guard Justin Taylor is a Charlottesville native who played at St. Anne's-Belfield before finishing his high school career at IMG Academy.
MARCO GARCIA, ASSOCIATED PRESS


Former Central Virginia basketball stars Justin Taylor and Maliq Brown return home with Syracuse (dalyprogress.com; Madia)

He’s only a sophomore and has just twice matched up against Virginia in his young career, but Justin Taylor insists, “I probably could do the scout myself,” on the Cavaliers’ trademark pack-line defense.

“I watched it my whole life,” said Taylor, the Syracuse guard, Charlottesville native and former St. Anne’s-Belfield star who will be back in town with the Orange (5-2) to face the Hoos (6-1) in Saturday’s noon ACC opener at John Paul Jones Arena.
“As a kid, that was just the hometown team,” Taylor said. “I grew up around it.”

Taylor said one of his best friends is Eli Bennett, the son of Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett who he’ll still visit with in the summer when he’s back in Central Virginia.

“So, I was kind of around the program,” Taylor said, “and became a fan because I was right next to the University and I always cheered for them. Of course, it’s a little different now.”

Bennett recruited Taylor some, Taylor said, but he was attracted to Syracuse because of his familiarity with the recruiting class the Orange were putting together. That group included former Blue Ridge School star and Culpeper native Maliq Brown, too.

Taylor (7.6 points, 6.1 rebounds per game) starts and Brown (7 points, 4.4 rebounds per game) comes off the bench for Syracuse, which like UVa heads into Saturday’s tilt off its most impressive performance of the campaign yet. The Cavaliers topped No. 14 Texas A&M, 59-47, on Wednesday in the ACC-SEC Challenge and the Orange routed LSU, 80-57, on Tuesday in the event.

“We’re on the same page right now, team wise,” Brown said, “mentally and physically, too, going into the ACC [opener].”
It’s not lost on Brown or Taylor, they said, that they’re part of the Syracuse program during a pivotal point in its history. The pair played one season under Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim before he exited after last year following 47 years at the helm of the Orange, and this year they’re taking the floor under first-year coach Adrian Autry.
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CavsCorner - Preview: Hoos open ACC play tomorrow against the Orange (r1vals.com; Ferber)


Syracuse (5-2, 0-0 ACC) at Virginia (6-1, 0-0 ACC)
Noon, ESPN2

After grabbing its best win of the season on Wednesday, UVa will turn its attention, albeit briefly, to ACC play this weekend. The Hoos open up conference play on Saturday afternoon when they host the Syracuse Orange at JPJ.

Before Virginia completes the non-conference slate with games against North Carolina Central, Northeastern, Memphis and Morgan State later this month, the Cavaliers get a little ACC teaser of sorts.

The opponent tomorrow also won their inaugural ACC/SEC challenge game this week, as the Orange blew out LSU 80-57 at home on Tuesday. The win over the Tigers was the biggest for the Orange this season following a 1-2 trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational.

The schedule in that tournament did Syracuse no favors, as the Orange lost big to national contenders Tennessee and Gonzaga on back-to-back days before winning the consolation game against Chaminade.

Overall, Syracuse is 5-2 to begin the season, and Saturday will be its first true road game.

It will take some getting used to, but after decades of seeing Jim Boeheim on the sideline for the Orange, and his famous 2-3 zone on the court, Syracuse is beginning a new era. First-year head coach Adrian Autry was promoted to the head job from Boeheim’s staff and inherits a high-ceiling job with a program that has frankly underperformed since joining the ACC.

The Numbers

Syracuse ranks 99th in KenPom and is the fourth top-100 team the Hoos have faced this season, with West Virginia just outside at No. 106. The Orange have a talented team that likes to get out and run, ranking 39th-fastest in the nation but they haven’t been the most efficient team thus far.

With the basketball, Syracuse ranks 123rd nationally in offensive efficiency. They’ve struggled to make shots consistently, making just 29.9 percent of their 3s and 47.4 percent on twos. They also don't’ get to the line much, ranking 249th in free throw to field goal ratio. When they are at the stripe, the Orange have been solid, though, making 73.3 percent of their attempts. Syracuse has done a good job taking care of the basketball, ranking 92nd in turnover rate, something worth watching against the suddenly steal and block happy Cavalier defense.

Defensively, Syracuse has been a bit more efficient. Ranking 84th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, Syracuse has forced quite a few turnovers (27th in turnover rate) which has allowed more chances to get out and run. Many of those takeaways are steals and those live-ball turnovers have become points for the Orange in transition. Syracuse’s defense has defended the 3-point line well, with opponents making 30.8 percent of their shots from long range. The one area where Syracuse really struggles is an area where UVa is unlikely to hurt them, which is on the offensive glass. The Orange rank 330th nationally in offensive rebound rate allowed.

The Matchups

Judah Mintz, Guard
For the second straight game, UVa will have to square off with a guard averaging better than 20 points per game. Mintz (20.4 ppg) is an athletic guard who showed flashes as a freshman, and has taken his game to another level. He is shooting nearly 43 percent from deep and is coming off of a 33-point effort against LSU on Tuesday night, where he got to the free-throw line 15 times. Mintz is also a very good distributor, averaging 4.1 dimes per game.

J.J. Starling, Guard
Mintz’ running mate in the backcourt is a player UVa has faced, but not at Syracuse. Starling made an inter-league transfer in the offseason, leaving Notre Dame for Syracuse, and he’s made a significant impact thus far in his sophomore year. He is averaging 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and has scored in double figures in five of Cuse’s seven contests.

Justin Taylor, Guard
Yet another sophomore in the backcourt, Taylor is still working on consistency, but has the tools to become a capable scorer with the Orange. The Charlottesville native is averaging 7.6 points per game but has three games in double figures and two where he failed to score in more than 26 minutes per game. Taylor is a decent outside shooter, though he has only made 32.4 percent of his tries this season, an average that will likely improve as the year wears on.

Chris Bell, Forward
The fourth sophomore profiled here, Bell is Syracuse’s top scoring forward, though he’s more of a wing than a traditional big. He is averaging 14.6 points per game, and scored 20 against LSU. Bell isn’t afraid to shoot the long ball, and has taken 10+ 3s in three games this season, and made six in two separate games (LSU and Colgate).

The Outlook

This should be an interesting start to ACC play for the Hoos. Obviously, UVa has had Syracuse’s number in recent years but we’ll see if the coaching change does anything to boost the Orange in these matchups.

The Cuse is certainly a talented team that is capable of giving the Cavaliers a tough one, but they may also not be designed to take advantage of UVa’s biggest weaknesses. Still, Virginia needs to do everything they can to avoid giving some solid shooters more than one opportunity per possession.

UVa’s health will also be worth watching, as Reece Beekman nursed a knee injury on Wednesday and Dante Harris was on crutches. If the Wahoos are healthy, meaning only missing Harris, we like their chances to go 1-0 this weekend and open conference play with a victory.

The Pick

Syracuse: 60

UVa: 68


3 players, 2 matchups and 1 prediction for UVA basketball vs Syracuse (streakingthelawn.com; Guttman)

The ACC started playing early season conference openers in 2019, when most ACC teams opened their season with a conference game. Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers have never lost an ACC opener.

This year’s ACC slate opens at home against Syracuse. The Orange are in their first season without Jim Boeheim and thus far the results have been kinda blah. They are 5-2, with largely uncompetitive losses to Gonzaga and Tennessee and a bunch of wins over bad teams. They are coming off a nice win over LSU in the ACC/SEC Challenge.

They also aren’t playing zone.

Game Time: Saturday, December 2, 12:00 PM EST
TV: ESPN2
Streaming: WatchESPN

Three Players to Watch

Judah Mintz

With Joe Girard moving on to Clemson, Mintz is the leading returning scorer for the Orange. As a freshman last year, Mintz was able to be a successful offensive player, despite not shooting the ball well from outside. He used his ability to get inside and draw fouls to remain efficient.

This year, he’s still getting to the rim, he’s getting fouled even more. But he’s also knocked down 42% of his threes. Mintz is coming off a 33 point game against LSU, on just 16 shots. He was 13/15 from the FT line and efficient from the field. Great game and a much needed win.

Naheem McLeod

Look at that “not a zone” possession up above. The end of that play is a monster rejection from McLeod. He is 7’4” and transferred in from FSU. Not surprisingly, he is very good on the offensive glass and also as a shot blocker. In fact, he might be better at both than Jesse Edwards was last year. Virginia already faced Edwards, who transferred to West Virginia.

Although they aren’t playing zone anymore, McLeod is still largely patrolling the middle when he’s on the floor. He does not want to come guard on the perimeter. Henry Coleman also didn’t want to, and Jacob Groves took advantage with 12 points and 3 assists.

There is no other interior presence as good as McLeod, so if Cuse is forced to go small to guard the perimeter, that will make things easier for Beekman to finish at the rim.

JJ Starling

Joe Girard led this team in scoring last year, making 38% of his threes. Starling, a transfer from Notre Dame, is his replacement. He is shooting 6% from three. Six percent. He shot almost 30% last year, so six is an outlier. Perhaps he should stop shooting.

Starling has a lot of hype as an NBA prospect. He is athletic and he has an NBA body. But he’s not really a point guard, and isn’t a good enough shooter to really play off ball. He leads this team in minutes played, but averages just 11 points per game because he is shooting 38% from the field.
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Greg Madia "The 315" 11-30-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

UV Beat writer from the Daily Progress Greg Madia joined Brian today to talk about SMBB’s next opponent University of Virginia. The guys talked about the current state of each team as we head deeper into the season. They discussed what they like and expect from this weekends game.


Inside Syracuse Basketball: Mike and Donna analyze the Orange post Hawaii trip (youtube; podcast; Syracuse Orange)

Syracuse.com basketball reporters Donna Ditota and Mike Waters discuss the Orange’s play in the Maui Invitational, what to make of a big win over LSU and look ahead to the ACC opener against Virginia.

Keeping Up With The 315 11-30-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)


Brian Higgins begins the show analyzing Fran Brown’s biggest strength, and how he’ll be able to overcome Syracuse football’s biggest weakness. Then, Brian looks at some potential candidates to be an assistant coach on the Syracuse staff under Coach Brown. Later, a preview of Saturday’s SU-UVA game.

Fresh Squeezed Sports podcast: SU football has a new coach (thenewshouse.com; podcast)

In this week’s episode of Fresh Squeezed Sports, The NewsHouse looks at SU football hiring Fran Brown as the 31st head coach in program history and successor to Dino Babers.

Hosts Mike Ostrowski and Josh Crawford talk about the future of the program with a new leader at the helm.

Is Brown the right pick? Are there any concerns for the first-time head coach? What can he bring long-term?

The hosts also go over the team’s win over Wake Forest and preview the potential bowl matchups the Orange can expect.

Then, the hosts share their takes on both the men’s and women’s basketball teams after the first month of games.

Check out Fresh Squeezed Sports every week for our team’s takes and updates on Syracuse Athletics and follow along with The NewsHouse for daily sports coverage.


Syracuse to add Orange legend Dave Bing to Ring of Honor (PS; Waters)


Syracuse legend Dave Bing will have his name added to the school’s Ring of Honor at a game later this season, according to a release from the university.

Bing, who played at Syracuse from 1962 to 1966, will be honored at Syracuse’s basketball game against North Carolina State on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Bing came to Syracuse out of Spingarn High School in Washington, D.C., and revitalized a moribund program that had endured a 2-22 record in the 1961-62 season. Bing spent the next year on SU’s freshman team. Upon rising to the varsity, he led the Orange to a 17-8 record in 1963-64.

In his senior year, Bing propelled Syracuse to its first NCAA tournament berth since 1957. He averaged a school record 28.4 points per game that season. He finished his career with 1,883 points in three varsity seasons. He still ranks 9th on the school’s all-time scoring list.
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Syracuse men’s basketball: defense, rebounding take a step forward vs. LSU (TNIAAM; Szuba)

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team took a small step toward becoming a better defensive and rebounding team against LSU on Tuesday night. The Orange still have major strides to make in those respective departments, but during the ACC/SEC Challenge, Syracuse improved.

Syracuse held LSU to 24-61 (39.3%) shooting from the floor and 2-22 (9.1%) from three. The Orange won the rebounding battle 43-36 and forced 19 turnovers which translated to 26 points for SU. It’s why Adrian Autry thought it was the best outing of the year.

The performance comes on the heels of the Maui Invitational, where the orange men went 1-2 after being out-rebounded by 15 to Tennessee and by 20 to Gonzaga. The rebounding margin was discussed by the coaching staff and emphasized to the team.

“I thought defensively and rebounding the basketball — which we struggled with coming back from Maui — we worked on it a lot. I thought these guys did a really good job addressing that,” Autry said after the LSU game.

Two of the questions in the early season for Syracuse have been the rebounding and perimeter defense. The former of those struggles persisted in the first half against LSU as the Tigers held a 26-20 rebounding edge in the first 20 minutes.

“I thought the second half, you know, again our defense was good so they missed a lot of shots and they took a lot of perimeter shots. So that made them spread out so I think we were able to get the rebounds a little easier,” Autry surmised.
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Reliving Syracuse Basketball's Golden Era: The Unforgettable 1987 Season (youtube; video; Meyer)

Dwayne Aaron, not William...

Ready to step back in time and relive one of the most thrilling eras of Syracuse Basketball? This episode transports you to 1987, a time when Syracuse Orange reverberated their fiery coach's spirit in the bruising Big East basketball scene. As your tour guide, we have Joe Combe, part of the legendary runner-up team, revealing riveting tales of the team's astonishing start to the season, the memorable Big East tournament, and the NCAA tournament that still sparks debates over its controversial rule changes. We take a detour to pay homage to William 'Pearl' Washington, the dynamo who redefined Syracuse basketball. Pearl's innovative playstyle and unparalleled talent not only propelled the team to new heights but cemented its place as a national program. This episode explores how Pearl's infectious spirit influenced the mindset of the 1987 Syracuse team and how his legacy continues to inspire the program. Hold onto your seats as we revisit the electrifying rivalry between Syracuse and Georgetown that played a pivotal role in shaping Syracuse's basketball legacy. We dissect the strategic implications of the Big East's six-foul rule and how it added another layer of intrigue to the intense face-offs. Finally, we reflect on the heart-stopping 1987 National Championship game, the team's pre-game rituals, Coach Bayheim's game plan, and the nerve-twisting final seconds that left an indelible mark on NCAA basketball history.

LSU vs. Syracuse Full Game Replay | 2023-24 ACC Men’s Basketball (youtube; video; ACC DN)

The Syracuse Orange played a fantastic game, beating LSU 80-57 at home in the inaugural ACC/SEC Basketball Challenge. Judah Mintz was outstanding, scoring a career-high 33 points on 9-16 shooting with 5 rebounds and 4 assists and 2 steals in the win. Chris Bell added 20 points on 6-10 shooting from three-point range. Jordan Wright led the Tigers with 15 points in a losing effort.

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Syracuse brewery’s business is booming, but it still decided to close its extra taproom (PS; $: Cazentre)


Buried Acorn Brewing Co. is back to a single location, a little more than a year after it branched out with a satellite taproom not far from Syracuse University.

The satellite location at 900 E. Fayette St., called Buried Acorn Taproom & Eats, closed earlier this month. That location, in the historic Sylvester Building at the corner of East Fayette and Irving Avenue, opened for business in July 2022.

Buried Acorn’s brewery and main tasting room remain open at the corner of Hiawatha Boulevard and Van Rensselaer Street in the Inner Harbor, where it opened in 2018.

“We are not closing, in fact business at the brewery location is going great,” said owner Tim Shore. “The taproom (on East Fayette) just wasn’t getting the traffic we hoped. The traffic here is up, but it was hard at the second place.”

Shore cited a lack of parking near the East Fayette location, which has been made worse by the ongoing construction of two high-rise residential complexes nearby. He also said cost to rent the space was high.

The impending work to add exit ramps in the area from Interstate 690 as part of the I-81 project was another factor.

“When all this (work) is done, this might be the place to be,” Shore said. “Maybe we’re just too early.”

Shore and his wife, Crystal, who runs the food operations for the brewery, also decided it was just taking too much time to run multiple locations. In June, Buried Acorn also sold its interest in a taproom it helped open near Ithaca in 2021.
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Children clad in pajamas clap at the appearance of the Polar Express' conductor on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, inside Union Station in Utica, N.Y. Samantha House | shouse@syracuse.com


Polar Express’ magic Christmas moments in Upstate NY make up for small bumps (PS; House)

There’s a reason pajamas make up the Polar Express’ unofficial dress code.

Coziness is crucial when taking a train ride from Upstate New York to the “North Pole”.

My 4-year-old daughter and I stuck to the recommended uniform Sunday evening when we dressed for the Polar Express train, donning matching plaid PJs. When we stepped out of the cold rain and into Utica’s grand Union Station, I wished we’d costumed ourselves more festively: The wooden benches of the Italianate-style station were decked with families wearing reindeer headbands, matching Grinch onesies and flashing Christmas-light necklaces.

That’s part of the Polar Express’ magic.

If you aren’t feeling the Christmas spirit when you arrive, you can’t help but feel merry when you step off the train. And that guaranteed dose of joy — particularly when spotted on the luminously happy faces of the children the journey is intended for — makes the Polar Express worth every dollar...despite a few small bumps.


The Polar Express train ride is a two-hour excursion that brings Chris Van Allsburg’s classic children’s picture book “The Polar Express” to life. It is run by the Adirondack Railroad and staffed by volunteers who portray everyone from the mustachioed, lantern-carrying conductor Tom Hanks voiced in the hit 2004 movie inspired by the book to the pajama-wearing boy who narrates the story.

The holiday ride is a yearly hit in Central New York and sells out quickly, with tickets going on sale as early as April.

For our ride, I opted for us to sit in coach — an option that saves a bit of money in a season where money is already tight. We missed out on the table seating, souvenir ceramic mugs and complimentary bags that first-class passengers enjoy.
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