We took our first family trip as a family of four this past weekend and it was a journey all right….all the way to the North Pole!
The Polar Express left the Cape Cod Central Railway station and headed for the North Pole at 8:15 p.m from Hyannis, MA. We drove down earlier in the day and had plenty of time to watch the movie (one more time) to really build the excitement! The drive down was uneventful, which was perfect! Both kids slept (3.5 year old and 6 weeks), phew.
We arrived at the train station and were greeted with Christmas cheer from the staff right away. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Checking in for tickets was a breeze and there was both an indoor and outdoor place to wait for the train, both decorated with lights, trees and more. The conductor even let Tommy where his hat! Oh boy I knew right away we were going to have a good time, he could not have been happier and more excited for the train ride.
Once on board we were again greeted by the friendly staff- everyone talked to Tommy and asked him about his plans for Christmas…again really building the excitement. Then the train started….and fast too! The speed definitely surprised us and we had to hold on tight to our three year old who wanted to stand up to look at everything. The 6 week old,, phew- he slept again!
The cookies and hot hot hot HOT chocolate came out first. And boy was it hot- too hot for us so we just had a sip and called it a day. I didn’t want to spill the to go cup on the baby! The cookies were delicious- good job Mrs. Claus. After we had our cookies the dancing chefs read the Polar Express book to everyone and the conductor came by and took all the kids tickets! He worked his magic and punched in both Tommy and Adam’s names on their tickets- very impressive work Mr. Conductor.
All of a sudden we arrived at the North Pole out the window we saw Christmas lights and the big man himself- Santa Claus!
Santas elves came out and started a sing along with Christmas songs and even danced with some of the bigger kids. Santa took his time coming around to all the kids and spent time asking them what they wanted for Christmas. To top it all off the kids- even little 6 week old Adam received a silver bell just like in the movie.
It really was a magical trip to the North Pole. A memory that Tommy will always remember and talk about for “a Long, Long Time” as he likes to say. Adam I am sure will get a kick out of the pictures some day, at 6 weeks old already taking a trip to the North Pole (that’s not bad to start a life time of travel). Mom and Dad, we had a good time too- it really is so much fun to watch your child SO happy.
You can book your trip to the North Pole by visiting Cape Code Central Railways or call 1-888-797-7245 to climb aboard.
Quick Note: Need a family friendly place to stay and eat? We stayed at the Anchor In and we ate at The British Beer Company (early of course). We highly recommend both! The Anchor In had a great morning breakfast which was included in the nightly rate.
Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to ride the Polar Express. All opinions are 100% my own.