The main gift we gave the kids this year for Christmas, was a ride on the Polar Express at Union Station. I was so excited to hear about this event! It had probably been 5 years since I had been inside of Union Station, and while it was a beautiful building, it had really become run down. It was in much better shape this time - and I hope this event helps in the revitalization efforts.
Our tickets were for Christmas Eve. There was a "depot" where we waited to board the train. There were snowmen, Christmas trees, and a bell that we could ring. The kids wore their new Christmas pajamas. Some of the adults wore their pajamas as well, but James and I opted to wear regular clothes. We were able to view part of the movie in the "depot" while we waited.
There were characters from the movie on the train. Samuel and Eva Kate like most of them, but they were scared of the elves.
She ate that entire cookie. Samuel barely touched his - he was too busy taking everything in to eat.
In the middle of the train ride, Santa boarded the train. He gave every child a silver bell, sang and danced, and took a photo with each family.
Samuel said that getting his bell from Santa was the best part of the ride. We hung them on our Christmas tree the next day.
Santa danced to "Let it Go." This was the most entertaining part of the ride to me. Hahaha.
After the ride, we ate dinner at Union Station. They had salad, chicken, pasta, and green beans for the adults. They had a kid's buffet with mini corn dogs, mac-n-cheese, chicken fingers and fresh fruit.
Union station was beautifully decorated. These photos are from the room where we ate dinner.
Since the ride, Samuel has asked to go back. He also pretends to be the train conductor.