The Polar Express train ride was AWESOME!! We got to the ticket counter and one of the ladies actually escorted us to our special seats in the upper dome on the last train car after stopping for a photo with the conductor. It was like being on the VIP list, haha! We got to our seats and settled in...only having 3 seats was no big deal at all because the seats we had were large and the kids wanted to sit on their Papa's lap anyway, so they took turns. And turns out we had a table after all even though the lady said we wouldn't. I'd say we had the best seats on the train....in the front of the train car! :)The kids had a good time looking out the window watching the train cars behind us.
We started rolling and the conductor came and punched both the kids' golden tickets. An "M" for Molly and an "A" for Anthony! The kids thought their tickets were the coolest things! Then we got our hot chocolate and cookies delivered by the cooks. YUM! The hot chocolate wasn't actually hot...which was a good thing. It was warm so the kids were able to drink it. The cookie was molasses and delicious.
After everyone was settled down with their cocoa and cookies, the Polar Express book was read over the load speaker while the cooks walked up and down the train isle with the book so we could all look at the photos. Once we reached our turn around which we were told was the "North Pole" (hahaha....it was a small town with lots of Christmas lights and decorations up!) Santa and some elves got on! The elves came to visit first and while Anthony was fine with it, Mols was shy. Then Santa showed up!!! He went and visited each kiddo and gave them a bell. Anthony loved it, Mols wanted nothing to do with him, haha!
After our visit with Santa we just hung out and enjoyed the ride back to the station. Christmas music was played the the cooks ran up and down the train isle singing songs and getting the kids to jingle their bells from Santa. It was really sweet to watch my babies have fun. They loved the whole experience and Sammy and I did too!
After our train ride we headed over to a local pizza joint. That place was BUSY! 3 different birthday parties going on and it seemed as if everyone else on the train had the same pizza dinner idea that we did. But we didn't have to wait long, we snagged a table as people were leaving and just waited for the gal to come clean it for us. We got a pizza, wings, a few drinks and a trip to the salad/fruit bar for Mama. It was a delicious special dinner ending to a great train adventure!