Families all across the United States celebrate Christmas with a miniature train chugging around the family Christmas tree. Generations of little boys have awakened on Christmas morning to discover train sets neatly wrapped under the tree after a visit from the jolly St. Nicholas. Families gather around the television year after year to view the 2004 movie, Polar Express. What better Christmas activity to add to a family’s list of traditions, than a train ride?
The Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad will be offering train trips aboard the Santa Express each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 7th through December 20th, 2015. The train station is located at 225 10th Street in Boone, Iowa. The adventure begins as the train departs from the depot for a one hour round trip to the North Pole.
Children are invited to wear comfortable sleep attire on the trip. A snack of hot chocolate and cookies are served aboard the train. Santa makes a special appearance with a gift for each child. Children traveling in first class receive a golden bell and a Santa Express commemorative mug.
Misty McNally, talented story teller, shares the Christmas story of Santa's Scenic Valley Ride to the amazement of children of all ages. McNally explains how Santa manages to deliver gifts to children living in cabins during a snow storm. The snow storm is so bad that the reindeer cannot fly. Santa travels through the frontier of Iowa via train to deliver packages. The boys and girls are not disappointed on Christmas morning.
The gift shop will be open with McNally, author of Santa’s Scenic Valley Ride autographing copies of the book. An autographed copy of the book is an excellent Christmas present for boys and girls. The book is filled with pictures and is scripted with a Boone County and Iowa theme. Copies of the book may be ordered through the gift shop. A percentage of book sales benefit the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and helps assure upkeep of the railroad for generations to come.
(The photo is courtesy of BSV Railroad as uploaded by Carl Wycoff from Flickr’s Creative Commons.)