West Chester Railroad – Santa Express

This weekend, Brooks  + Graham had a special voyage on the Pennsylvania version of the Polar Express, also known as The Santa Express on the West Chester Railroad!hi-santa

My mom had heard good things about it from her friends, so we decided to book tickets a while ago to check it out. I was excited to be able to do a daytime version of this – at 11 am – because my boys are still on a great 7pm bedtime routine, I want to keep that happening as long as possible!

So 11am Santa Express it was!


We got there early to load up on the train, get our seats and get comfortable. We enjoyed hot chocolate while we waited for the ride to start, but it was very timely! boys

Once we got moving the boys were LOVING the train ride. The loved looking out the window, taking in the sights and being able to move about in their seats.


And then musicians came down the aisle singing Christmas Carols – the boys were enamored with it all!


This was both of their faced when Santa made his way down the aisle.


Santa stopped to say hello to each child and then Mrs. Clause came on by with a mini candy cane for everyone as well. Brooks and Graham were both wide eyed looking at Santa – Brooks was a little excited and Graham was pretty skeptical.


The train ride was about 30 minutes or so to the Glen Mills stop, which is where everyone got off the train to say hello to Santa for a photo op.


This was the boys first Santa experience { this year } and we were the first ones off the train so we got to see him first. It was a little quick and I don’t think either of them were ready for it! Graham was NOT having it and Brooks gave him the side eye. side-eye

The train was full but the line for Santa went really quick as everyone could just easily snap their own pictures. We let the boys run around outside while everyone else had a turn and then managed to sneak in one quick little session again – at least both the boys got in the picture.

They both look very skeptical, but Brooks asked for what he wants for Christmas – the Sky Jump, wah! – so that was really sweet. Graham just sat there pretty much stone faced, but again he didn’t cry so that was good!  skeptical

On the way home, Graham was a little feisty as he was hungry and getting tired for his nap. But he enjoyed the music on the way home and I think we got back quicker, which was good too !



All in all it was a lovely day at the West Chester Railroad – I highly recommend checking out the Santa Express if you are in the area and have littles like Brooks and Graham.

They loved it and it was really well done! Not to mention the railroad is 100% volunteer operated  {everyone was amazing} and we enjoyed a lovely ride through Chester Creek Valley on a beautiful day! twins

Check out our twinning:  gaga  + mom’s sweaters / boys sweaters – you got to love a good holiday deer sweater!
What’s your favorite holiday tradition? I have a feeling the Santa Express might become one of ours!


Side Note: This post is not sponsored in any way. We paid for our tickets, I just wanted to share our experience!

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  • Reply Patty O December 5, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    We had a great time with the boys and can’t wait to do another train ride next year! Gotta love a Santa Train Ride!

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  • Reply Noelle November 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I am in Texas and a friend from Westchester wants a West Chester Christmas train sweater. I’ve been looking everywhere all over the Internet. Would you know where to get one?

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