by Casey Johnson | Photos by Pop of Color Photography
The Polar Express is rolling into Galveston this Holiday Season and HFM was there to experience the maiden voyage. Let me start by saying it was a magical night for all of us in attendance. We gathered up one of our HFM Kid Ambassadors, Michael along with his family and mine for a fun-filled night to remember.
The journey began in the Galveston Railroad Museum’s main lobby for a short theatrical performance which set the scene for the story of the Polar Express. Afterwards, we were allowed to board one of 6 vintage train cars and begin our journey to the North Pole. Actors set the tone as they interacted with passengers through fun story lines, music, singing and dancing. Every passenger got their special golden tickets punched before getting served some yummy hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Our train car got to participate in a holiday quiz to earn extra hot chocolate! The highlight of the tour was a visit from the big man himself, Santa Clause, who gave each passenger the first gift of Christmas (a silver sleigh bell). I’ve never heard so much holiday cheer and ringing as the kids all go to sing Jingle Bells with their new sleigh bells. The kids were excited that Santa took the time to talk them and pose for photos before heading back to work at the North Pole. The return trip was filled with joyful caroling led by our personal train attendants. By the time we reached the depot, the kids were in a “believing” mood and still excited over their visit with Santa.
Ready to plan your visit to the Polar Express, here’s some tips to make your experience even more magical.
Purchase your golden tickets early! This season is already sold out and tickets go on sale in July.
Dress the kids in their best holiday pajamas and take a blanket for them to snuggle in their seat.
Purchase the Polar Express Book (available in the PE gift shop) and read along with your child before the train ride.
To learn more about the Polar Express happening at the Galveston Railroad Museum, head over to galvestonrrmuseum.org.