If you want to do something really special for the holiday season, The Polar Express Train Ride at The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento is one of the most magical experiences your family can have.
It literally feels like you are a part of the story.
Your journey starts at the train depot, located in Old Town Sacramento, which is transformed into a holiday wonderland and you can write letters to Santa, watch the toy train, and shop in the store while you wait to board the train.
Anticipation peaks until it's finally time to get on The Polar Express!
During the train ride, you are served hot chocolate and cookies (of course!) by dancing waiters,
you encounter and interact with characters from the story,
and you can bring your book to participate in a read along.
At the end, the train travels through the North Pole so you can see Santa and his elves, and it is truly magical to watch the kids' reactions.
Our boys were so enchanted that they spontaneously hugged each other and just couldn't stop waving.
Then, Santa comes on board and gives each child a silver sleigh bell - the first gift of Christmas!
On the way back, everyone sings Jingle Bells and other Christmas carols while the kids get to ring their bells to their hearts' delight.
If you can catch the conductor, he will give you a personalized souvenir by signing your book for you!
After this magical journey, you can spend a little more time with Santa and get a great picture with him.
Our Polar Express Train Ride is definitely one of our most cherished Christmas memories!
Tickets go on sale in October and sell very quickly, but it is worth it to plan ahead.
Visit the CSRM website to learn more and buy tickets.