All Aboard the Polar Express!

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This past weekend I stayed at South Mountain with my family for the Polar Express.  I think I might have been a little more excited than my  daughter who is 4 and my son who is 12.  I had planned the weekend as a surprise, so one week before our trip I presented them with invitations and brand new pajama’s.  Of course we had to watch the movie right then and there, for the 4th time in 3 weeks! 

We had tickets for the 7pm train on Friday night, luckily we had no trouble getting to South Mountain, as the ice storm had passed.  We arrived and checked in and ordered take out from Pigs Ear BBQ in the Village Shops, it was great, we had so much food we had leftovers for the next day.  Then it was time to go, thankfully, because my daughter had asked us about 50 times in the hour and half since we arrived if it was time to go to the Polar Express!

We drove over to The Hobo Railroad and got into the line, it was cold and crowded and everyone was excited.  The line formed inside of the gift shop, good thinking on their part, and it was filled with Polar Express toys and books and stuffed animals, and the kids wanted one of everything!  Finally the line started to move and we were on our way to the North Pole.  When we got up to actually board the train there was a man yelling “all aboard! Who is going to the North Pole?”, the kids were jumping up and down, yelling “me, me!” it was great.  We got on board and took our seats and got our hot chocolate and we were on our way, as we crossed over Rt 112 I looked out the window and it was snowing, it was perfect!

As we got closer to the North Pole the conductors started singing Christmas carols and everyone joined in.  We all received a Polar Express Chocolate,  and then along the tracks, elves were lined up with lanterns waving to us.  It was AWESOME! 

We exited the train and walked a short distance to the North Pole Theater, there was the North Pole Post Office for letters to Santa and we could even see the Northern Lights.  We filed into the theater and took our seats and all of the elves lined up on stage.  The boy from the book, who is now a grown man, came out in his pajamas and read the story to us, there were images from the book on the screen behind him. 

After the story, it was time to see Santa, when he came out the kids screamed and yelled and he walked around and talked to each and every one of them.  It was amazing, he even asked one of the adults if he remembered the Erector Set he gave him when he was a child.  He then selected a child from the audience to receive the first gift of Christmas-a Bell from his sleigh.

We filed out of the Theater and got back on the train, as we pulled out of the North Pole Santa was there waving to us.  The conductors then passed out bells from Santa sleigh to everyone on board.  On the ride back to Lincoln all you could hear were bells.

It was a GREAT time for all, watching the kids was the best part for me, it was magical and something we will remember forever.

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