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Chocolate chip cookies, hot cocoa, dancing servers, a train ride and Santa!!!!! Many of my coworkers RAVED about how much their kids LOVED the Polar Express in Arizona so we had to see if for ourselves this year. This was our first time going, and everyone loved it! Going to share a few things we learned from our trip, hope you find this helpful!
First thing you need to know: budget for the trip to the Polar Express in Arizona, & book early! The tickets aren’t cheap; we saved for it over a couple of months, and everyone had fun on the 90 minute train ride! I booked our trip in October, and that was already pushing it. My kids are 3 and 4 years old, and I’m STOKED that I booked the earlier train (you have 2 options, a 530 or 730 train)! They were in great moods for the train ride, and slept very well that night!
Book your hotel early! Some of my coworkers have stayed at the Grand Canyon Hotel right by the Railway, and loved it. It’s not the most inexpensive place to stay, however I hear it’s incredibly family friendly and they have great restaurants on site!
Arrive early for your train ride. The entire city of Williams is very charming, and you can spend awhile walking around looking at their lights! No matter which train you are taking, be sure that you eat a meal before you board the train as they serve hot cocoa and cookies. Give yourself plenty of time to look around, take photos, pickup your tickets at will call, and browse the lights! Our best photos from that trip were taken at sunset in front of the trains.
Bring your “Polar Express” book if you have it. You don’t need it, but it is nice to follow along as they read you the story on the train. I was a bit bummed that I left our book in the car that night on accident; the kids didn’t even mention it because there was so much going on.
Wear Christmas Pajamas!!!!! Yes, the whole family, even grandma if she comes…deck her halls too! It’s super fun to see so many different families decked out in their holiday jammies. The more cozy and festive, the better! A note on jammies: It is quite brisk while you are waiting to get on the train, especially if you go on the late one, but once you are on the train, it’s quite warm! Maybe layer up?
Visit the Grand Canyon! So much beauty to be seen here! Our goal was to make it as early as possible to see that early morning light, but alas that #momlife didn’t allow for that! Once we got dressed, and had breakfast, we didn’t actually get there until close to 10. Even though we missed that morning light, it was still breathtaking! Don’t forget your camera for this one! Many photo opportunities. Don’t forget your beanies and gloves, especially if you go in the winter…..brrrrrrr!!!
We didn’t get a chance to visit Bearizona, but alot of my coworkers did, and loved it! It’s definitely on my list for next year!
Have any other fun travel activities for the holidays? Have you gone to the Polar Express in Arizona? If anyone else has stayed at nice and affordable places to stay in Williams, I would love to hear from you!
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