Take Your Kids on the Iowa Version of ‘The Polar Express’
All aboard the Santa Express! Iowa's version of the Polar Express is getting ready to kick off its 2022 holiday season!
Every year, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad hosts a series of holiday train rides called the Santa Express. The rides are very popular and have become a tradition for families across the state of Iowa. The official website reads:
"...enjoy a one hour to one hour and fifteen minute ride from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s depot to the North Pole (and return). En route, you will hear the story of Santa’s Scenic Valley Ride, and take part in other fun, family activities."
This year's Santa Express will run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 25th through December 18th. The only time available on Fridays is 6 p.m., but Saturday has rides at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6 p.m., and Sunday has them at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. It's recommended that you arrive 45 minutes to an hour before your reservation time.
If you want to take a ride on the 2022 Santa Express, the Classic Coach Class tickets are $25 and the First Class Coach tickets are $50. First Class Coach tickets include a commemorative ceramic mug, larger sleigh bells for each passenger, and the cabin is continuously heated, whereas coach is preheated before boarding. Tickets are required for all guests ages two and older, and a parent or guardian must be present. You can purchase yours on the official website HERE.