My Gratitude Journal

The Polar Express Train Ride in Fillmore, CA

The Polar Express is a 2004 animated film. It’s based on a children’s book by the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. It’s a story about a boy who boards a train bound for the North Pole headed to Santa Claus.

My son and I did the Polar Express Train Ride in Fillmore, CA last year. It’s a recreation of the book. We were invited to come in our pajamas just like the characters in the story. My son and I wore matching pajamas. When we first arrived at the Fillmore train station, we were given our golden round trip ticket. We walked around, stopped at the gift shop and took some pictures. After that, we looked for the Arctic Circle, which is the car we were assigned to and waited for the train to arrive.

Once it arrived, we boarded and were greeted by the conductor. We took our seats and he made his way down the aisle to “check” everyone’s ticket. He hole punched our ticket many times to make confetti and sprinkled it on us. My son and all the kids in the train loved that. There was lots of singing and dancing. They read The Polar Express book to us and did a little recreation of it.

The chefs came out to dance and served us a snickerdoodle cookie and a hot chocolate. Santa Claus came for a visit as well and gave us our first gift of Christmas which was a Christmas bell.

It was a fun holiday train ride. It got us ready and excited for Christmas. I’m really glad we did it last year since this year we aren’t able to do such an activity due to the lockdowns. However, I did book a holiday drive-thru adventure called WonderLAnd. You drive through and enjoy the lights, music and holiday decorations from the comfort and safety of your car. Just for fun, I plan on sewing up some matching Christmas face masks for the occasion. I suppose we can also wear our matching pajamas since we’re staying in our car. We’re looking forward to the festivities.


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