Last year we had the opportunity to visit Strasburg for the first time and had a truly wonderful experience we will always remember. We were disappointed when we missed The Night Before Christmas Train after the long, rainy ride over. Fortunately, the rest of the trip was absolutely perfect.
This year, we redeemed that experience when we were offered tickets to visit again. My husband already had off from work and we made absolutely certain we left with plenty of time before the train left, just in case!
Arriving at Strasburg Railroad is like being sent back in time. The train is pulled by a real steam powered locomotive, adorable buildings are lined up parallel to the tracks, and passengers ride in authentically restored, turn-of-the-century cars. Even though it was freezing, we enjoyed our Christmas light lit walk down to the first car on the train which was heated by a big, pot belly stove. Side note: make sure to read the hilarious “rules” on your tickets!
The Night Before Christmas Train features a storyteller in each car dressed in their Victorian nightshirt and cap who reads Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas. Children are encouraged to dress in their pajamas and my boys loved the comfortable atmosphere of the whole ride.
Once the poem was over and we were heading back to the station, our storyteller passed out yummy sugar cookies and milk to enjoy. But even better, our train ended up being visited by the big man himself, Santa Claus!
The Night Before Christmas Train at Strasburg Railroad is one experience you don’t want to miss. We will absolutely continue to make it a part of our yearly Christmas traditions. There are only 2 more trains in 2014, departing at 7pm on Fridays December 12th and December 19th. For more information and to order tickets, click here!
We were provided tickets to The Night Before Christmas Train to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.