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Santas Who Rode the “Polar Express” Say Goodbye

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Holiday Express (photo: Kansas City Southern Railway)

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AURORA, Ill. (AP) - Some Chicago-area Santas who got word they can’t return on the “Polar Express” next year because of a legal dispute didn’t cry or pout when they gathered to say goodbye to the traditional holiday events.

The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports Saturday’s Santa Claus gathering came after Warner Bros. notified dozens of Chicago-area attractions they could no longer use the “Polar Express” name in their long-running holiday events without paying hefty licensing fees.

The company owns the “Polar Express” name.

Communities say they plan to continue their train-themed Santa events during the next holiday season, but under a different name.

The “Polar Express” name has been popular with kids because of the 1985 book and 2004 movie.

About a dozen Santas attended Saturday’s goodbye party at Aurora’s Blackberry Farm.

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