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"When Christmas Comes to Town"
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Released November 2, 2004
Writer(s) Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard
Performer(s) Matthew Hall and Meagan Moore
Character(s) Billy the Lonely Boy and Hero Girl
Length 4:07
Track No. 2 (soundtrack album)
9 (score album)
The Polar Express (3 5) Movie CLIP - When Christmas Comes To Town (2004) HD

The Polar Express (3 5) Movie CLIP - When Christmas Comes To Town (2004) HD

"When Christmas Comes to Town" is a song from the film, The Polar Express, performed by Matthew Hall and Meagan Moore (as Billy and Hero Girl respectively). In the film, shortly before the train arrives at the North Pole, Hero Boy and Hero Girl notice Billy looking out from the back of the observation car and singing the song. Hero Girl joins in after the first verse.

During the credits, it is the third song to play, after the film's title song and before "Believe". It is also featured on the official soundtrack as the second track and the official score as the ninth track.

In the song, Hero Girl sings about the joys of Christmas while Billy sings about how he has never been able to experience these joys.

Lyrics

Billy: La, la, la, la
La, la, la
La la la, la la
La la la, la la
I'm wishing on a star
And trying to believe
That even though it's far
He'll find me Christmas Eve
I guess that Santa's busy
'Cause he's never come around
I think of him when Christmas comes to town
Hero Girl: The best time of the year
When everyone comes home
With all this Christmas cheer
It's hard to be alone
Putting up the Christmas tree
With friends who come around
It's so much fun when Christmas comes to town
Presents for the children, wrapped in red and green
Billy: All the things I've heard about but never really seen
Billy and Hero Girl: No one will be sleeping on the night of Christmas Eve
Hoping Santa's on his way
(instrumental break)
Hero Girl: Presents for the children wrapped in red and green
Billy: All the things I've heard about but never really seen
Billy and Hero Girl: No one will be sleeping on the night of Christmas Eve
Hoping Santa's on his way
Hero Girl: When Santa's sleigh bells ring
Billy: I listen all around
Hero Girl: The herald angels sing
Billy: I never hear a sound
Hero Girl: And all the dreams of children
Billy: Once lost will all be found
Hero Girl: That's all I want when Christmas comes to town
Billy and Hero Girl: That's all I want when Christmas comes to town

Billy: La, la, la, la
La, la, la
La la la, la la
La la la, la la
Hero Girl: Shh.
Billy: I'm wishing on a star
And trying to believe
That even though it's far
He'll find me Christmas Eve
I guess that Santa's busy
'Cause he's never come around
I think of him when Christmas comes to town
Hero Girl: The best time of the year
When everyone comes home
With all this Christmas cheer
It's hard to be alone
Putting up the Christmas tree
With friends who come around
It's so much fun when Christmas comes to town
Presents for the children, wrapped in red and green
Billy: All the things I've heard about but never really seen
Hero Girl: No one will be sleeping on the night of Christmas Eve
Billy and Hero Girl: Hoping Santa's on his way
Hero Girl: When Santa's sleigh bells ring
Billy: I listen all around
Hero Girl: The herald angels sing
Billy: I never hear a sound
Hero Girl: And all the dreams of children
Billy: Once lost will all be found
Hero Girl: That's all I want when Christmas comes to town
Billy and Hero Girl: That's all I want when Christmas comes to town

Billy: I'm wishing on a star
And trying to believe
That even though it's far
He'll find me Christmas Eve
I guess that Santa's busy
'Cause he's never come around
I think of him when Christmas comes to town
Hero Girl: The best time of the year
When everyone comes home
With all this Christmas cheer
It's hard to be alone
Putting up the Christmas tree
With friends who come around
It's so much fun when Christmas comes to town
Presents for the children, wrapped in red and green
Billy: All the things I've heard about but never really seen
Billy and Hero Girl: No one will be sleeping on the night of Christmas Eve
Hoping Santa's on his way
Hero Girl: When Santa's sleigh bells ring
Billy: I listen all around
Hero Girl: The herald angels sing
Billy: I never hear a sound
Hero Girl: And all the dreams of children
Billy: Once lost will all be found
Hero Girl: That's all I want when Christmas comes to town
Billy and Hero Girl: That's all I want when Christmas comes to town

Trivia

  • Instrumental snippets of the song are heard in "Suite from the Polar Express" and "Boarding the Train/The Ride Home".

Gallery

Music
Original songs: The Polar Express When Christmas Comes to Town Rockin' on Top of the World Believe Hot Chocolate Spirit of the Season It Takes Two
Christmas carols: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town White Christmas Winter Wonderland It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Silver Bells Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Good King Wenceslas Deck the Halls Frosty the Snowman
Score: Seeing is Believing Suite from the Polar Express Believe/Do You Believe in Ghosts/Approaching Flat Top Tunnel Runaway Train/On the Ice/Ticket Punch/Saved by an Angel? Boarding the Train/The Ride Home Returning the Lost Ticket Meeting Santa Claus
Albums: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Original Motion Picture Score