Here Comes Santa Claus….All Aboard the Polar Express!

Over the last couple of weeks, we went to my husband’s Christmas party for his work.  Every year, they have Santa come to visit all the employees’ children, reads them ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, has them sit on his knee to tell them what they want for Christmas and hands them a gift.  Then the kids run around to play, eat cookies & juice, receive reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn and just have a good ol’ time!  My boys look forward to this every year! 

Here are a few photos from that night:

Then this past weekend, was the Polar Express train ride.  While it was a little pricey, for the ages of our boys, it was absolutely worth every penny!  They simply were in awe the entire two hours.  After going into the train station, we met the conductor.

The boys got to “high five” and hug Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph.  Then it was time to board!! 

We got onto the train and the conductor came around to punch the hole in everyone’s ticket (in the shape of a christmas tree…although I haven’t taken a pic of the ticket punched yet). 

There was a “cook” and a “Santa helper” in our train car that held open the Polar Express book and walked up & down the aisle, while the story was read via CD over the intercom.  Once it was done, cookies & hot chocolate was passed out.  Then Santa’s helper asked each child what they wanted for Christmas.  Justin told her a Nintendo DSi and Zachary just gave her his “evil” laugh. LOL 

When the train stopped at the end of the tracks to start heading back, it was announced that we were at the North Pole.  My boys eyes were as round as saucers!!  There was a river that had iced over with a little snow so all the children believed it.  I love this age, their innocence and the magic of Christmas.  Then we all sang Christmas carols and all of a sudden….Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus appeared!!  The kids were ecstatic!!  He went to each child and gave them a bell from his sleigh….even Tyler got one 😉  Then the kids received a coloring book & crayons and it was off to head back to the train station.

Once we got back to the train station, all the kids had the opportunity to sit with Santa & Mrs. Claus and get their photos taken.  Overall, it was an amazing day… 🙂

Oh!!  And the morning that we went on the Polar Express, we woke up to find Fisbee (our Elf on the Shelf) riding our train under our Christmas Tree.  I think he was jealous and he must have known we where we were going that day.  Sorry, Fisbee….maybe you can come with us next year! 😉

  • mirkaDecember 24, 2010 - 12:32 am

    I want to get logan on polar express, is this just in RI?

  • TeresaDecember 24, 2010 - 12:40 am

    You know what, I’m not sure, Mirka. Have you tried googling Polar Express train rides for NJ or any areas around you? If you find one that is close to you but sold out, see if you can get on their mailing list for next year’s ticket sales!

  • Sue TeplanskyDecember 26, 2010 - 8:14 am

    Teresa – Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photographs. My children are all teenagers now and we never visited the North Pole on the Polar Express. It looks like they had a wonderful time. Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

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