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We love the Christmas holiday season. It's our favorite time of year! This past weekend, we took the Polar Express on the Mt. Hood Railroad as we rode the train to the North Pole. We headed to Hood River, Oregon, donned in our favorite PJs, and we boarded the train in The POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. We rolled out of the station bound for the North Pole at 7 pm on a Saturday evening headed to see the North Pole and Santa himself!
You're greeted by the Conductor as you leave the train station, and the chef greets you as you climb aboard the festively-decorated vintage train cars to settle in for the 75 minutes on the Mt. Hood Railroad Polar Express train ride. The cars are warm and cozy, and perfect for a winter's night ride to the North Pole.
If you're lucky, you'll have a visit from the hobo in your train car. He usually stops by (at least once). He's usually dodging the Conductor.
The Conductor takes your golden tickets and punches your initial in your ticket, so you better make sure to keep that special Golden Ticket in a safe place or you might be walking home!
Dancing chefs deliver hot chocolate in beautiful collectors mugs and give you a cookie to savor while music from the Polar Express movie plays en route to the North Pole.
Before arriving at the North Pole, one of our dancing Chef's read the iconic book The Polar Express, sharing the beautiful illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg in a giant-sized book. With the station far away, The Polar Express Train Ride magically arrives at the outskirts of Santa’s North Pole village, where Santa Claus himself and his elves joyously welcome the train!
Santa and his elves board the train and make their rounds through the train cars on their way back to the train station asking each child what they would like for Christmas this year, so make sure you've thought about what it is you want to ask for!