We boarded the train and got going along. Santa's helper was on the mic leading us in Christmas carols and sharing stories. The elves Holly and Jolly handed out Mrs. Claus special cookies and hot chocolate. The elves were really fun and dances with my kiddos in the aisle. After a while we spotted Santa! He climbed aboard to visit all the kids and give them a little jingle bell. Santa was great! He took his time with each family and was fabulous with my kids. We headed back and Mrs. Claus came by for a visit. My little ones thought it was great!
Here are my tips if you have the chance to go...
- Tickets are highly discounted on off peak days.
- Arrive at least a half hour early to pick up your tickets, use the restroom (there isn't one on the train) and get in line for your train car.
- Car seats and strollers are not allowed on trains so bring a sling or be prepped to hold babies.
- Take pictures before you leave if you are on the early train to make best use of the light.
- The benches turn around if you push on them so you can have two facing each other.
- If you stand up when Santa comes by, Santa can sit by your kids and it is easier to get good pictures.
- If you have family members who are sound sensitive, bring ear plugs. A train car full of kids with jingle bells is really loud.
Thanks Heber Valley Railroad for a fun ride!
Disclosure: We were provided tickets for the North Pole Express, the opinions are all mine.