Christmas spirit was abounding in Albion's downtown on Thursday night with the Albion Area Chamber of Commerce's first Polar Express event.
Lori Krohn, 2016 Chamber president, said she was excited about the turnout.
The polar express is an idea we had with the Albion City Library to have the Polar Express book read," said Krohn. "We expanded on that and went with the polar express ride around town to look at Christmas lights in a residential area along with having the story read."
More that 200 people came to the downtown mini-park to ride on the polar express, grab hot chocolate and visit the live animals from the Monroe zoo.
City Administrator Andrew Devine read the book, Polar Express, on the many bus trips through Albion.
Christmas carols filled the air on the way back to the mini-park. Each passenger departed the polar express with a bell, as the story goes.
"I think Albion has the holiday spirit," said Krohn.
Each Thursday of the holiday season, the Albion Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a community event. The first annual Parade of Lights was held on Thursday, Dec. 3. Next Thursday, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a hayrack ride downtown 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The public is invited to come out for a horse-drawn ride around residential areas in Albion to look at Christmas lights and sing Christmas carols on Dec. 17.