Friday, December 9, 2016

The Christmas Express

This year we got in on a great thing! The Christmas Express has been going on close to Alamo for a few years now but I didn't know about it and then I've called for tickets too late! This year I called nice and early and was able to get tickets for us and Ashley and her children. Yay! It is just about the coolest thing ever. Seriously cool. But shhh it's a secret. I read the kids the Polar Express on the way out since we had a half hour drive.
We got there as soon as it opened because I had heard about all the amazing things to do there besides the train. We went through the welcome train car and saw the nativities and got our train and dinner tickets first. We looked at the wonderful displays they had everywhere.
This was a huge advent calendar that I just loved.
Each locker door opened to a fun and gorgeous little Christmas scene.
 How cute is that!
On the trail to the train there was so more cute displays. 
The cookie workshop was adorable. 
There was  hot chocolate for anyone who wanted it.
There was the cutest house with a lollipop roof that the kids could pick one from. There were Christmas trees everywhere too. Then when you get a ways down the path there is a big screen tv with a Christmas movie playing. They even gave the kids glow in the dark necklaces to wear. The train station was next. You get your Golden Train Tickets and there are cute Christmas scenes set up everywhere in there to enjoy.
 Loved the nativities and gingerbread houses.
 There was a room where the kids could write a letter and mail it to Santa. Dane was on it.
Even Shay got into it.
Seriously cute!
 We all got our popcorn and then got right on the Polar Express. The train ride was magical. There were live scenes set up outside along the route for the kids to look at.  Their north pole scenes were so cute. Elves houses everywhere etc.         
 There was even a live nativity going on beside the train. How refreshing to see Jesus Christ in Christmas! It was so cool. The kids were pretty enthralled with it all.
 After awhile Cooper said that there was no way we really went to the North Pole!
 Santa was even onboard to give each child a treat bag that had candy and a little toy.

There were a couple of photo oppportunities
We went on a fun wagon ride that went all around by their animals. It was decorated with lights and was so pretty. There horse and buggy rides too.
 We all had dinner which was a hot dog and beans and corn bread. There was a cookie for dessert and hot chocolate or soda to drink. It was pretty cold so the hot chocolate was awesome. Dinner was great. There was a little tiny train for little kids and bonfires but by then the kids (ok maybe the adults) were tired so we rounded everyone up and headed home. It was so amazing. They do an incredible job and what's super cool is it's all free. But like I said shhhh it's a big secret!
On the way home I gave each of the grandkids their Christmas ornament for 2016. 

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