It was our third year down to the Chehalis-Centraila railroad station. The previous two years we did the evening Polar Express ride, but we didn't get tickets in time this year and the dates just didn't work out. So we opted for the cheaper and shorter daytime version called the "Santa Train" on the first weekend in December. It's about 75% of the experience for 25% of the cost. A totally great alternative we might switch to permanently.
It's an authentic steam-powered passenger train. And it was so fun to be able to see out the windows this year during the daytime!
Our family is often a total spectacle at things like this. Most parents had 1, maybe 2 children quietly sitting in a row. And then our crew comes in. 4 kids, 2 parents..what?! But we are all there for the same reason...to create memories and experiences with our kids. It's just plain hard work though sometimes. See Miles trying to climb into the next row?
It was the biggest hit for our little Rylan. He still loves trains and was so, so happy the entire ride. He perched himself right up on the window for the best view. Ticket in hand most of the trip.
It's so fun for the rest of us to watch his genuine excitement and enthusiasm for the whole experience (and just life in general). He loved it.
Miles on the other hand was a handful and just wanted the dang candy canes being passed out.
Santa's elves were in attendance.
And the big man himself visits with each row.
It's a fun tradition and something unique to do together as a family. Highly recommend!