My family had the opportunity to ride the Santa Express Train to the North Pole (Canon City Colorado) last weekend and it was such a blast. If you're family is stationed in the area, this is a great activity for the whole family and a unique way to visit with Santa. Tickets start at just $5 Visit www.RoyalGorgeRoute.com for a full schedule, or call 1.888.724.5748 to book your trip today!
Your family should plan to arrive 45 minutes before your departure time. You will get to board the train a little before the take-off so you have the chance to order your meal (optional) and start eating right before or just after departure. They offer items like burgers, potato skins, and mac and cheese so there is something for everyone. Kids get a "Dear Santa" list to fill out while they are waiting for the ride to start...They will give this to Santa when he comes to visit.
My girls LOVED getting to drink hot cocoa and eat Mrs. Claus's holiday cookies while they chatted with the elves on the way to the North Pole. There is an open air car you an visit when you want to take in the views...You will definitely want to get out when you pass through the North Pole so you can see everything! It is a really cute town. You will pick up Santa at the North Pole and your ride continues.
Santa makes his way through the train and takes time to stop and talk with each child. They will also each receive a reindeers sleigh bell as a special gift for riding – You can ask the elves to listen to it ring and tell you which reindeer it belongs too! After you get back to the station, you will have a chance to get a picture with Santa...Ask the elves for details!
We had a great time on our ride and it is definitely something we will try to do again next year!