The North Pole

Okay–I have a project for you today…but, I would much rather show you some pictures from our evening last night!  I promise I will show you a project tomorrow 🙂

We took the kids on a train ride, “The Santa Express,” to the “North Pole.”  It was fashioned after the popular book and movie “The Polar Express.”

The kids wore their jammies, we sang Christmas carols,  they served us cookies and hot cocoa–and we saw Santa- who passed out jingle bells! 🙂

Unfortunately, my camera was being difficult with the harsh lighting and reflections– so I finally handed it to Mr. Pink who also struggled.  But, I wanted to share some pics with you nonetheless 🙂

Be sure to mouse over each picture to see the captions- and thanks for letting me share our night with you!




  • My son Michael is the Santa for the North Pole Express that they do at Old Threshers in Mt Pleasant, Iowa. If you ever have an opportunity to do it, it is well worth the trip. Glad you had so much fun. It is a magical experience for young and old. Happy Holidays.

  • Ohhh….how fun! Love the picture of your son looking out the window for Santa. Love that you captured his reflection in the window. Glad you all had fun.

  • How fun!! Oh,to be a child again at Christmas–of course, I STILL believe! What a wonderful experience to scrapbook. Your children are adorable and will remember this experience for a liftime. Thanks for sharing the excitement of Christmas through their eyes!

  • Hi Sarah, we’re from Oskaloosa and would love to see this when we’re in Des Moines, where is this at? It looks like everyone had fun. Dana @ papermemories4u@

  • How cool is that?! I wish they had something like that here where I live (on Guam). I know my daughter would loooooove that!

  • I have read about diferent places doing train rides like this and hope to sometime take my grandsons. We have a train depot museum that has cookies and milk with Santa. They play games and you can take pictures with Santa. They have a room with model trains in a display that resembles our town and they let the kids come in a couple at a time and run the controls to send the trains around the multiple tracks. There are some old trains on display includeing a dineing car that can be rented for birthday parties. Best of all for the Cookies and Milk with Santa they only ask for a dollar donation. It has become a holiday tradition for our family.

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