The Polar Express in Williams, Arizona, which is about 3 hours from where we live, has always been on my bucket list of things to do around the holidays. The problem is that it sells out very far in advance (sometimes even an entire year prior) and we never plan our lives very far ahead. So this year I thought about it in November, which was an entire month earlier than usual, and hopped online to see what my options were. There was only one free weekend and it was several weeks before Thanksgiving. Although I would have preferred to wait to get into the holiday spirit until after Thanksgiving, we loaded the kids in the car and headed north. We were so excited to see what this was all about!
Before we left, I did some searching online for some Christmas family pajamas. From what I had learned, most of the kids wear pajamas on the Polar Express but few adults do so I decided to find something for the whole family to wear to make it a little more fun! Thank goodness for Macys! They had some great options that I was able to order online and pick up on our way out. Click here for the link to the pajamas we got.
We arrived at the train station and oh my goodness, it was amazing!!! The ticket counter was decorated so cute, we each got golden tickets, the lights, the train, the conductor.. it was all exactly like the book/movie!
We hopped on board and immediately the fun began. We were served delicious hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies on our way to the North Pole. The polar express book was read aloud and there was singing and dancing. The conductor even came and punched each golden ticket. When we arrived, the North Pole was decorated in lights and Santa was in his sleigh! The kids were so excited!
We started to turn around and head back to the train station and before we knew it, Santa had hopped on the train and was handing out little silver bells to everyone. We spent the next 30 minutes all signing Christmas Carols and having a great time! We were worried that our older kids would be too old to enjoy it but this is where they had the best time and we loved watching them all sing their hearts out!
Thank you Polar Express for providing some incredible family memories! We hope to be back again next year.. I think I should start planning it now 🙂