“One thing about trains: It doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.”
– The Conductor in Polar Express
When Claire was a slightly smaller version of herself, she loved watching the Polar Express movie. Actually, “loved” isn’t a strong enough word for it. She watched it over and over, day after day. We easily watched that movie at least once a day for a year. It was the only thing she ever wanted to watch.
I had never really discussed Santa with the children at all, but after her love affair with Polar Express, she became quite the true believer. When I saw that the historic Texas State Railroad in beautiful Palestine, Texas offered a Polar Express ride during the holidays, it was something I knew the children would enjoy.
We took the 5:30 departure, which allowed us to take a look at the train in the sunlight, and watch a gorgeous sunset and moonrise during the trip.
Our seats were aboard the shiny Sky View car in the Upper Dome section. It was climate controlled, and very comfortable.
Our car was decked out in what could only be described as “Christmas Cheer.”
Hot – Hot- Hot you know we’ve got it! Hot chocolate was a big hit with this little girl.
The children followed along in their “Polar Express” books while listening to the narration.
The workers were fantastic. There were servers, elves…
… and of course the Big Guy himself! Just like the boy in the story, our little guy wasn’t sure about Santa before the trip. But as he stepped off the Polar Express, he believed.
The whole family had a great time on this ride. There was no chance to get bored on this ride, and even the youngest kids in our car had a great time.
The Texas State Railroad runs Polar Express rides in November and December. There are just a few rides left in 2013! If you can’t make it, put it on your 2014 calendars now. It’s a magical ride the kids won’t forget.
Website : Texas State Railroad
Disclosure – We were guests of the Texas State Railroad during our Polar Express ride. However, all the magic and belief in my children’s eyes are their’s alone — influenced by Santa of course.