We arrived at the little gift shop to get our tickets and my little guy had a heyday checking out all the train themed merchandise. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes early to get your tickets as the trains leave right at their scheduled time. You know all those cartoons with the conductor tapping his watch. Not just on tv people. :)
We were in the caboose which was pretty cool. We found a great spot and got the family settled. I love that the benches are adjustable so you can ride forward or backwards. It was nice to turn one around so my whole family could sit together. It was super fun to sit by Quinn and Shannon's families on the train.
We did some serious window watching and then came the cookies and hot chocolate. Mrs. Clause even brought us the recipe for Santa's favorite cookies.
We sang carols along with the "emcee" (though she could not carry a tune) and daddy shared some snuggles with our candy cane baby.
Then, the big guy arrived. As you can see my little one pinned him before he could get very far through the door.
Lucky for us, we were in the very back of the train so he was one of the first to get to chat with Santa. He asked him if he had been a good boy and he said, "no." Santa told him he still had time to start being good before Christmas.
He loved talking with Santa, but was disappointed to learn that he did not have any candy canes. But, Santa did come equipped with old fashioned wooden tops.
He thought the top was pretty darn cool once he figured out what it was. He was so proud that he could spin it all by himself.
Our littlest one even joined in the Santa fun.
All in all we had a great time. It was such a great way to kick off the holidays as a family.
And of course I want to help you enjoy the Heber Valley Railroad's North Pole Express!
Call the Heber Valley Railroad directly at 435-654-5601 and ask for the “Utah Blogger” discount. Tell them A Little Tipsy sent you to get $5 off coach tickets on December 14, 15 and 16.
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