Hello friends! You may have noticed that I don’t have any posts on this blog even though I had this website for 6 years now. Well, I archived all of them since I wanted to “clean up” what I post. What does that mean? That will be another post 🙂
Today is such a special day because we were able to experience our very first Santa train ride, courtesy of my mother-in-law (thanks, Mom!) It was such a fun experience since it was me and Cassie’s first time riding a train, like ever. Yes, I’m 30 and I’ve never been on a train. Add that to my list of “not done yet” lol. If you want to know how it went, keep on reading.
We started our trip by meeting my mother-in-law and her husband for brunch at this lovely restaurant called North Bend Bar & Grill. Given that it’s Sunday and there’s a Santa Train, the restaurant was packed and we had to wait for about 30 minutes. It was a good time to catch up and chat. Their menu was simple and straight to the point. They had all sorts of sandwiches. I had the pork sandwich, my husband had the fish and chips while my MIL had a salad and Cassie had grilled cheese sandwich. We only had a small amount of time to eat since the food came pretty late, again given how busy they were. By the time we were done, it was already 11:45.
The train depot was next to the restaurant and it took us 5 minutes to walk there. The train then arrived and Cassie was so excited. We boarded the train and sat down. We were told that the train ride is only 20 minutes and it should get to Snoqualmie on time. The view wasn’t that great but the experience was sure memorable.
It was also nice because while we were moving, the conductor was telling us stories and even sang a Christmas song. Finally, we arrived at Snoqualmie. I saw that the line for Santa photos was long, so I decided to head there first. The nice thing about it is while we were waiting, there were several of those warming poles and activities for kids. The room was also decorated with Christmas decors and the line was moving fast.
We waited for about 20 minutes and we finally got inside this “shop” where Mrs. Claus greeted us. We took the chance to snap a photo with her too. In there was Santa taking photos with kids. They were letting in a small amount of family so as not to get too crowded since the shop is pretty small. When it was our turn to take photos with Santa, he asked Cassie what she wants for Christmas and even said hi to Maddie, our elf on the shelf. Then we went on to take photos with him.
Cassie then got a toy from the elf after the photos. We then went to the next room over which is the real store, where you can buy toys and other memorabilia. Cassie did not want anything from there since it was mostly trains, so we headed to the refreshment train where they served two different kinds of cookies (Snickerdoodle and Chocolate Chip), you can also choose either hot cocoa or coffee. Outside the refreshment train was a bunch of tables and chairs where you can sit down and just hang while you eat and wait for the train to arrive. There were also small shops right across and we were about to head there when we saw the train coming.
The whole trip was a good two hours including the train ride.
Overall, we loved the whole experience especially that we were able to do it with family. Not to mention, FREE photos with Santa.
Will we do it again next year? Hmmmaybe….
How about you, have you done a Santa train in your area? What Christmas traditions do you do with your family? Let me know below.
Until my next post!