Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Last weekend, the kids and I got the chance to check out the Santa Express Train at the Royal Gorge. We had the perfect weather for it, just a light dusting of snow to make it even more festive. After previewing the main website, F&B decided jammies were a must for this trip too.
We boarded our train around 6pm and opted to order a light dinner. Our food arrived within 10 minutes, well before our train departed, so we were able to enjoy our dinner and relax before the ride actually started.
Our ride began and we were provided with sugar cookies and hot cocoa to enjoy. The sweet staff told holiday jokes to the children and helped them sing Christmas carols. The Royal Gorge scenery is amazing to begin with, even more with the snow falling.
As we ascended the hill, a small village appeared, we found the North Pole! Not only were there decorated houses and trees, but there were elves and Santa himself! Our train stopped and Santa boarded, then began passing through the cabins. While waiting for Santa, some of his elves visited to talk with the children, tell jokes and read stories.
Then finally, partially through our journey home, Santa himself arrived in our car. The children were able to take a picture with him, give him their letters, and received a special gift from him. What gift? Well, you'll need to take the ride yourself to find out!
The Santa Express Train is open to ALL from November 22 – December 26 with departures at 12 noon and/or 6 p.m. Visit royalgorgeroute.com for details and a complete schedule.
As well, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad also runs a Holiday Train from Dec. 26 - Jan 4 (12:30 lunch train) to accommodate folks on holiday break, and a New Year's Eve train on Dec. 31 at 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., which is a romantic, fine dining occasion.
Disclosure: We received tickets to check out the Santa Express as part of my affiliation with USFamilyGuide.com. All opinions expressed are my own.