The visit to the Christmas train was a ton of fun. Definitely something we'll do for years to come!
We made reservations on-line, so it was a short wait to get in. Certainly something to do if you plan on this event. People must have been in line for hours. Peak behind Carter and me and you'll see the people without tickets.
We rode the elevator down into the train yard because of our massive stroller. Shaved off about an hour's wait there. Plus, we rode with elves! Double bonus.
Final waiting room......you can see a train ahead......such a tease.
This part of Union Station is called the KC Rail Experience. Can't wait to get our membership so that we can come back and explore more. Many fun things to do for the kids. Lots of history for Mama. Everyone wins.
Notice Jack in awe. His little train loving heart was full of joy.
Worst Santa picture ever. He was located just inside the first train car and so there was not a lot of room to ease the kids into the encounter. Jack got nervous (shocker) and started screaming, "Jack don't yuv Santa!.
"JACK DON'T YUV SANTA!"
So, we've got Jack looking disgruntled, Carter with eyes closed, Lainey in shock and Blake and me just trying to hold it all together. Now that I think about it, this picture kind of sums up our lives.
The Holiday Express train included a few train cars decked out with Christmas decor and such. Lots of fun to walk through.
We finished with the Santa visit and train tour.....walked outside.....to snow falling. Magic. More to see:
And, would you believe Santa on a turbo sleigh randomly cruised up blaring Christmas music? I don't know who this guy is, but his sleigh is super fantastic. Look at that engine!
See the snow falling? We watched Santa drive off and Carter saw fire shoot out of the engine. Awesome.
Back inside the station for lunch. Lainey Bug checked out part of the massive train set up.
Really hard to explain just how enormous this display is.
Finally in to eat at the Harvey House Diner. This used to be the Fred Harvey Restaurant and Lunch Room, which fed hungry passengers coming and going to the train station.
One of the original menus. Fun to see the prices. A steak dinner for under $3!
Kids at the counter.
Out to cruise around the station.
Here is our dainty daughter's latest addition to her tricks. Pretending like she's throwing up. I have no idea where she learned this.
Oh, wait. There is her brother behind her doing the same demo. Hmmm.....
"Throwing up" over the bridge. I'm returning all of her Christmas gifts and buying her Emily Post's book of Etiquette. That's it. The fun is over, Laine.
More model train viewing. Don't you love that fabric below the display? I want to find it and make it into a blanket for Jack. Precious.
So much to see.
Lainey was sure this was Swiper the Fox from Dora. OK. Santa, a snowman and Swiper. Makes sense to me!
We made it home after our big day with just enough time to make some more treats for neighbors, work friends, etc. One of my faves......white chocolate covered pretzels.
Pa arrives in the morning and we're into the city for ice skating, lunch, shopping and more. Blake is less than excited about taking Jack out onto the ice to skate. Lunch may need to include a beer to get his courage up. Tis the season!