Polar Express with Elf on the Shelf

This is our 2nd year doing a Polar Express movie night theme. I love getting to do our regular movie nights into themes and making them extra special! I love, love, love this movie.

The colors I chose for this movie night were red, green, and blue. I made a printable banner, some table cards, water bottle labels, tags, and things like that. I will share at the bottom.


I started with our red tablecloth and used a plastic blue one like a table runner. The banner is printed, attached to cardstock, and then I ran a ribbon through it so I can hopefully keep it for next year now. πŸ™‚


I got this chalkboard light-up sign at Michaels. It is by far one of my most favorite decorations now and I try to use it for anything I can if black looks okay with it, haha.


Tonight’s movie is Polar Express, so I put that on the “ticket” on the chalkboard sign and since we have 4 more movie themed nights this month, I am just going to change out the ticket, but keep the rest of the sign the same!



The train is a cardboard decoration that I got last year at Walmart and I painted it, added some scrapbook embellishments to it, and then finished it off with a chalkboard sticker! I think it turned out so cute and I keep it just for this movie night, lol.



I made the popcorn bags out of just a regular white paper bag (also found at Walmart) and to personalize them for our theme, I just add stickers! We do this for almost every movie night we have and even if we go somewhere that I can take popcorn for a snack. πŸ˜‰


This is just a little “sweet” train ornament for a little goodie to add to our Gingerbread Candyland Christmas tree that’s the “children’s” tree. It’s our more whimsical tree.




The hot cocoa selection was just for our little family, so we didn’t need a whole lot. I put some peppermint white chocolate chips in one container (peppermint has become my daughter’s newest food obsession), colorful cocoa marshmallows, and cut up caramels…yum!

For the snack, I made some graham cracker trains with m&m’s and whipped cream, like last year, but this year we had oreos, so those became my big wheels. πŸ™‚



Some other treats were powdered donuts (reminds me of snow, so I thought they were good for Polar Express)…


and white chocolate covered wafers (we have these on most of our special nights because my daughter loves these, too!)


The hot cocoa tags are something I created to go with the color scheme…


With some matching straw tags that I put on their stir sticks.



This tag is a printable I found under google searching and I love it! Originally, I was trying to make them work as tags, but then I ended up creating the kit that had everything I would need and match.




Can you tell Twinkle has been loved on for 4 years?! Whew! At the end of this season, I will be washing him and posting about that. Hopefully, he will look like a new elf again!


On a side table, I had some more goodies, along with the movie wrapped up in place of a book for this night.


At the end of the movie, I sneak out the side door, run to the front and place a very cold box on the porch that I put in the freezer in the middle of the day…ring the doorbell and run back in before the children answer. Thankfully, Daddy was there too, and opened the door with them…to find the box. In the box are 2 very, very cold bells on string to hang on the Christmas tree! They must have forgotten doing this last year because they were just as excited and bewildered about how they got delivered and how they were so cold from the North Pole! It’s the perfect ending to our Polar Express night!

If you like these printables, here is my file (for personal use only please):

Polar Express Printables

Thanks! Come back to see our other theme nights this month!


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