The Polar Express is a 2004 American 3D computer-animated Christmas musical fantasy film based on the 1985 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, who also served as one of the executive producers on the film. Written, produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film features human characters animated using live-action motion capture animation.

History with the Macy's Parade

The Polar Express made its Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in 2005, promoting the home media release of the film. Designed by artist Joel Naprstek, the float featured the Polar Express barreling and swirling its way down a snow-top mountain, using forced perspective to give the float an illusion of grandeur. As the Polar Express passes through the winter wonderland, smoke bellows from the train's smokestack. Adding to the holiday spirit, a snowman and presents decorate the outskirts of the float. Macy's employees dressed as train conductors escorted the float en route to 34th Street.

The float made its second and final appearance in the 2006 Parade. After its retirement, the float was dismantled, with the snowman now decorating Balsam Hill's Deck the Halls float.

Guest Stars

Listed below are the performers/celebrities that have performed/appeared on the float, alongside the respective songs which they sang during the NBC Telecasts.

  • 2005 - Brian McKnight; performed "Believe"
  • 2006 - Natalie Grant; performed "Believe"
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