Creating Traditions: The North Pole Express

We love to ride the Heber Creeper.

Before Christmas, the Heber Creeper turns into The North Pole Express complete with a visit from the world’s nicest Santa.

This year, my brother and his family were in town for the ride. We had the blast–the only thing missing was my mom and dad who would have loved every second of this old-fashioned train ride with all their grandkids. (Next time, guys!)

Last year, my family rode the North Pole Express and loved it. This year was no different.

The lighting was magical and the scenery was beautiful.

They serve you hot chocolate and cookies along the way–and the hot chocolate was not as boiling hot as it was last year so as a parent I really appreciated that!

The kids loved looking out the window in search of The North Pole.

And telling jokes with Uncle Josh.


This year, local choirs sang to us while we were waiting for and on the train …and they were really good!

We sang some carols too. (Love this picture of my “little” brother singing his little heart out in the background!)

But the favorite, of course, was getting to meet Santa.

He called all the kiddos by name and gave them each a North Pole Express bell.

These cute cousins had a great time together and made some really fantastic Christmas memories together!



Cost: Typically it costs $32 per adult and $21 for kids, however my family was given free tickets to ride The North Pole Express to review it. That said, the experience and my review are genuine and my own.

Parking: Easy.

Weather: Really cold while waiting for the train. My niece from the South was freezing and saying, “I didn’t even want to come to Utah!” I love her.

Reason for the Season: Not much other than being with family.

Christmas Magic:  BIG TIME! I love that Santa gave them a bell this year as his gift to go along with the The Polar Express book. The carolers on the train were a really  nice touch. And there is just something magical about riding an old fashioned train–especially at Christmas time.