One of our most special activities around the holidays is a visit to the Polar Express run by the West Coast Railway in Squamish. Each year we trek up to be a part of the experience that goes along with Aiden’s all-time favourite movie.
Earlier this year, I held a Polar Express party to “break out” the movie, which I’d reserved just for this time of year, seeing as he wasn’t willingly going to stop watching it otherwise! We had cookies and hot chocolate and popcorn and crafts and a lovely movie experience. We have since watched the movie many many times more.
I felt like West Coast Rail really put a lot more thought into the whole Polar Express experience this year. There were far more places for family photos – the caboose, with Santa, professional photos in an interior caboose (for a fee), the pop-out people – just so much more went into the year. The train ride was also longer than normal, but I don’t know if that was on purpose. I was happy that our coach had a better sound system to hear the story and that the carolling was also more organized – such a fun time.
Once we were back inside, we had a quick visit with Santa (though I do wish they had a Santa with a real beard!) and a trip on the mini train. This year, Santa came out on the mini train with Mrs. Claus and there was a tunnel on the mini train, so that was very nice.
In addition to the gingerbread cookie station, this year they set up the second floor of the roundhouse with a Christmas Village train set and a whole row of crafts and activities. Unfortunately, due to Damien’s nap, we had to book a late train ride and we were cutting it close to their dinner time by the time we’d finished with Santa. We skipped the craft sections, viewing only the lovely little village set up.
I was hoping to wait for the nice photos from our SLR before publishing this, but who knows when Ianiv will be done with those! Still, some nice shots here anyway!