“The thing about trains is, it doesn’t matter where they are going, what matters is deciding to get on board.”
– The Polar Express
BY ALEXANDRIA FRISBY
It’s the time of year to hop onboard and take a trip to the North Pole.
Waterloo Central Railway station is running its annual train ride based on the movie The Polar Express.
This family friendly train welcomes all ages to come enjoy some hot chocolate with Santa and the train team inspired by the dancing hosts in the movie. Each passenger gets their own golden ticket, a cup of hot chocolate, a cookie and a photo with Santa. Pyjamas for all ages is highly encouraged.
This magical story comes to life when the train departs from the St. Jacobs Museum platform for the one hour round-trip ride to the North Pole.
While on board, passengers will relive the magic of the story, set to the sounds of the movie soundtrack. Refreshments and treats are served as the guests read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa then greets passengers along with his helpers to give every guest the first gift of Christmas – a silver bell from his sleigh. The passengers are then lead by the chefs on board through many Christmas carols.
Kelly Bourassa and her kids Ben and Sophie hop onboard the train every year.
“We come every year. It’s a heart warming experience. My kids love the movie, and now with the train ride, it makes it all the more magical for them. Their favourite part is the hot chocolate and the singing. They like to make friends too, which is good for us parents,” Bourassa laughs.
Craig Banks is another frequent rider, who along with his wife and two kids has made the train an annual tradition for his family.
“It’s a family tradition for us, and its a nice break for my wife and I,” Banks said.
Many families have incorporated the train ride in their Christmas festivities and who can blame them.
The train is a fun-filled way to bring the family together and discover the Christmas magic.
Every child will get their moment with Santa to take a picture and receive their gift. Ben Bourassa was one of those children.
“It’s so much fun. I love the Polar Express, I got to meet Santa, and he gave me this bell,” Bourassa said happily.
This train brings the wonder of Santa and the northern lights to all who attend. It is a heartwarming experience and it is sure to get your Christmas started.