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I was lucky enough to receive the opportunity to take a ride on The Train to Christmas Town (that I posted about briefly HERE) with my family last night! The kids had an absolute BLAST!

This will be an extremely picture-heavy post because nothing can describe their experience better than the looks on their faces :)

Got our tickets... ready to board!!



Waiting in line to board!


The conductor was a riot... the kids loved him!! 


All aboard!


In full disclosure, we were really disappointed when we first boarded the train to hear that the seats were assigned, and that we (a family of four, on a train with groups of 4 seats) we broken up into two different sets of seats (3 and 1). We sat S on our laps for the time being, and were THRILLED to see that the train was not full, and we were able to move to another set of four seats together!! YAY! 

It would've been really difficult and crowded having to sit four of us in three seats, not to mention if I was a paying customer, I would've been really upset. I wanted to let you know about this so that you can make sure your family is seated together, or across from each other at least, before you get to the train!! Anyways...

MUCH HAPPIER with their own seats next to the window :)

All Christmas Town trains come with COOKIES!! Ours were snickerdoodles, and the kids loved them! Adults got cookies, too :) 

 Again, in an attempt at full disclosure, another disappointment we encountered was that they did not serve hot chocolate on our train. I don't know where the disconnect occurred, but the two things they promised on the train were hot chocolate and cookies. Thankfully, my kids didn't have a total meltdown over this, but it might have ruined the trip if they had their hearts set on it! 


On the train, they (of course) told the story of The Train to Christmas Town. The characters in the book all came through the train for a visit with the kids.




And our Elf hosts were full of energy throughout the ride!


Love the attention to details throughout the train... decorations all about... 

The awesome conductor came around and punched holes in all the kids' tickets :) 


And then... of course... SANTA CAME!!!


He gave each of the kids train whistles!! (Boy, oh boy, did that make for a noisy train ride back to the station!!) The kids LOVED it, though :)


PURE JOY!!!!!

The whistles made for awesome souvenirs from our trip!

The last thing I wanted to mention in regards to unmet expectations was that there was no real "Christmas Town" at the end of our route. I know the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railroad is doing some construction, so I think this route might be temporary, but I had seen pictures of glorious lit-up "towns" on other trains where Santa boards to take the ride back, and for us, there was none. The kids were looking for it... as it is called the Train to Christmas Town... but thankfully, they got over the disappointment/confusion quickly when they saw Santa.

SO... there you have it! Our adventure in all of it's glory (and a few less glorious moments). You can clearly see that the kids had a wonderful time. You can't beat the price for this Christmas adventure.

Trains will be running throughout the month of December in CA, MA, and CO. Let me know if you'll be taking this adventure with your kids this year, and feel free to share your link below if you blog about it! :)

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Thanks to the USFG and The Train to Christmas Town for the opportunity to review this experience.

20 comments:

  1. Wow, your train ride was quite different than ours. We got cookies and hot chocolate, which was a splurge for the kids since we don't feed them sugars (shockingly, my son didn't like the hot chocolate, lol, I drank his!). I expected to actually arrive to a Christmas Town as well, so when we briefly passed by a lit up town display, I was pretty crushed. The town was only on one side of the train so we didn't even get to see it. Oh, and it was completely dark out, which I should have planned for an earlier ride, so the kids didn't really understand that we were going anywhere. I'm grateful for the opportunity, but expected much much more for tickets worth $70.

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    1. We totally missed the town display. We were sitting on the left side of the train, so maybe we were on the "wrong" side as well. It just didn't seem right because it is the Train to Christmas Town. I saw some other blogs about it in other cities, and the display was lovely!

      And I have NO idea why we didn't get hot chocolate. Doesn't make any sense! I would've been upset had I paid :( But as you said, I'm grateful for the experience, especially since the kids enjoyed it!

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  2. What a wonderful adventure! I'll have to see if there's something like this here in Florida when Babe gets a little older. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Right now this train is only in a few cities, but a friend on FL went on something similar this week :)

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  3. That sounds like it should have been a great experience, too bad the what to expect and reality were so different.

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    1. It still was a great experience ... the kids were happy, and that's most important :)

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  4. I'm glad the kids had fun! We had planned something similar over the summer (minus the Christmas theme lol) and just didn't make the time :(

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    1. Thanks!! That's too bad... hopefully you can try again another time :)

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  5. What a neat experience! Although I'm sure it was disappointing to miss out on things you expect, it does look like they had a great time nonetheless! How fun!

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    1. They really did! Its amazing when they are that happy :) I just had to disclose the shortcomings because I wouldn't feel fight recommending something without telling the whole truth!

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  6. Glad that fun was still had! My kids would love being on a train, especially my son.

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    1. Yes, mine did, too! I forgot to mention it was their first time on a train :)

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  7. Looks like a great trip! The whistles had to have been a huge hit! Perfect celebration of the holidays.

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    1. The whistles were the highlight of the trip, I think :)

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  8. so absolutely adorable! thank you for sharing your train adventure to christmas town!

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  9. We take the "Polar Express" every year and my boys just love it. Looks like your kiddos had fun too.

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    1. My in-laws were going to take the kids on the "polar express" train this year, but it sold out near us in 2 minutes flat :(

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  10. I wish we had a Christmas Train nearby!! My little one would just love it! (It looks like yours did too!!)

    -Jac @ Domestically Imperfect

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  11. How exciting! I'd love to go on a Christmas train sometime with my little one but she's a little young. Your children look so ecstatic, so adorable :)

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