Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"All Aboard!"

Last night was a real treat, my parents had purchased tickets for us to ride the Polar Express!  We drove a while to get there, but what a once-in-a-lifetime treat!

After boarding we found seats together on the train...

There were multiple "characters" from the movie.  As we boarded the conductor and the hobo were welcoming us on.  A girl with a chef's hat read us the story of the Polar Express as we were underway, traveling on the rails.  We sang carols.  Then the hobo came around with a "magic" light.  It was a part of the Northern Lights which we were told Santa LOVED and then if we kept hold of it, could give him as a gift when we saw him.  

He would wave it, looking as if he were pulling it from thin air, then place it as if he was putting it in the child's hand, and direct them to hold it tight and place it immediately in their pocket so it wouldn't get away.

Liam and Braeden looked EVERYWHERE for their light, they just could NOT figure out where they went!  Liam kept looking in his pocket and Braeden kept crushing his cheeks, waving his arms, trying to make it appear as the hobo did.

Soon after, we were asked if anyone needed refreshments, and of course everyone did!  Many chefs came down the middle of the aisles to sing and dance to "Hot Chocolate."  They then passed out large sugar cookies and cups of hot cocoa! :)

Next the conductor came through to "punch" everyone's tickets, leaving them with a train punch on the tickets.

Finally, we released our Northern Lights to welcome Santa onto our train car, where he passed out bells to all the children!  They were THRILLED! :)

As we made our way back, the conductor came through and allowed the kids to try on his hat!!!  This was the most animated Liam was all night... he was a little scared and nervous of Santa coming, he is not thrilled with Santa up close yet... but put a conductor hat on him, and he yells "All Aboard!" and smiles like crazy! :)

It was a GREAT experience, and one they won't forget anytime soon! :)  Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!


:)De said...

You and your kids have the greatest experiences. It is so cool. Enjoy the holidays.


jodes said...

That is the coolest thing ever!!!! i just saw that movie for the first time a few weeks ago. Where on earth was that!? What a great experience!!

Lisa said...

You can find the link to the one we went to here: but I think they have similar ones around the country??? It was way fun! They also encouraged the kids to wear jammies, but I had totally forgotten. Oh well! :)

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