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The NY Polar Express

With only a small window where magic still exists in our children’s world there is no better opportunity to takepart in the magic and bring our children to the #NYPolarExpress.

For me, the Polar Express was a new experience.  For my son JD, it was the opportunity to bring one of his favorite stories to life, see where the magic happens and of course meet the big man himself, Santa! Together we were sharing a wonderful experience and making special memories never be forgotten!

We traveled from the Bronx to Saratoga Springs by car.  It was an enjoyable three-hour drive, with beautiful scenery, snacks and of course our tablets, and smart phones!

Upon arrival we checked into The Inn at Saratoga.  The hotel is conveniently located next to lovely shops and restaurants. The Inn at Saratoga is the oldest operating hotel in town of Saratoga.  Breakfast is included for overnight guests, which was a bonus for us Sunday morning! I was grateful for the convenience of not having to run around in the cold looking for a place to eat for my son and his best friend.


Never have I seen the kids so excited to be in an elevator.

JD and his bestie, relaxing before we embark on the Polar Express.

The Saratoga North Creek Railway Polar Express was an amazing trip which included singing & dancing chefs who served hot chocolate and homemade butter cookies, a reading of the namesake story, and an individual visit with Santa Claus & his elves for every child as the train headed to the North Pole and back. The train cars are new and comfy no matter which car you sit in, however if you upgrade to First or Diamond Class you’ll sit in the luxury cars with plush leather seats.

The train was filled with adorable children in their PJs excited to see Santa and travel to the North Pole.  Santa took pictures with all the children, asked them what they wanted for Christmas and handed each child The Bell. If you know the book, you know what bell I’m talking about.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway Polar Express leaves from the Saratoga Springs train station, easily accessible via Amtrak, so you don’t need a car. If you’ve never been to Saratoga Springs, it’s a great little town.  With plenty to do during the day we strolled down the main strip and shopped in the adorable bookstore, lunched at the Circus Café.  The experience brings you back to being a kid yourself, with popcorn as a appetizer, and a huge mound of cotton candy as a dessert huge enough for the table to share.

written in stone

It was so much fun for my JD and his best friend. Everyone on board was so happy – some parents were even tearing up when their little ones saw the North Pole for the very first time. It was a special weekend, and will be the highlight of our Holiday season for years to come.  Tickets range from $15 – $50,  find out more at, be sure to follow SNCRR on Facebook, and Twitter as well to stay in the now for other exciting themed adventures they partake in through out the year.

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