This past weekend my family and I had the pleasure of attending the Polar Express at West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. Upon arrival at the Park we were greeted by friendly volunteers who showed us our way to the ticket booth where we were able to pick up our “golden tickets” to ride the Polar Express.
We were then ushered into the First Class waiting area, while we awaited our boarding time. While waiting you can see the train platform where the busy conductors are getting the trains ready. You are greeted by a conductor that looks very similar to Tom Hanks in the Polar Express film. He comes to speak to everyone of the rules of riding on the Polar Express and to let us know that is is time to board.
While on the 50 minute train ride you get an experience much like the one in the movie. We were quickly ushered to our seats and as the engineer announced that we were about to embark on our journey. We were greeted by the Conductor who much like in the movie had to stamp our tickets. As we traveled along we were served delicious cookies and hot chocolate in beautiful Polar Express mugs, all while the “hot, hot chocolate song” played on the speaker and the wait staff danced in the aisles.
As the train continues along the track running through the cars were the Hobo, Hero boy, Hero girl and Know- it- all, as well an engine worker. And as we were chugging along on our journey we had to make a quick stop to pick up just one more passenger, Lonely boy aka Billy. We then switched tracks and headed on back to the station and into the North Pole.
Once you are in the North Pole you are greeted by this stunning display of Christmas Trees & a mini railway. There is a station for kids to write a letter to Santa and mail off to the North Pole to receive a letter reply. As well as a station set up for kids to make a craft and color a picture. You can then head over for a ride on the mini railway and make your way to the bakery where you get to decorate a gingerbread man. And what North Pole experience would be complete without a visit with Santa Clause and his lovely wife Mrs. Clause. Though the line was long my boys were more then willing to wait for the chance to visit the pair and to receive their magical Christmas bell.
This years event is now sold out, however if you love the Polar Express movie this event will not disappoint. I would highly recommend this for your holiday bucket list next year. For now I will leave you with some more images of our visit last weekend to the Polar Express:
Thank you to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish for putting on a wonderful production and hope to see you again next year!