Heber Valley Railroad | Day Out With Thomas

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are train people.

We love to ride Heber Valley Railroad’s North Pole Express and we love Thomas the Train. These two things coming together? Amazing!


This Memorial Day weekend, blow your kids’ little train-loving minds with a Day Out with Thomas.

The event includes a 25 minute train ride, temporary tattoos, giant hay bale maze, mini golf course, balloon tying clowns, magic shows, storytelling, etc. But how about a chance for your child to be the Honorary Conductor who is the first to board the train, pull the train horn and yell, “All aboard!”? I know, I know. It’s too good to be true.

Heber Valley Railroad is having a contest to select the Honorary Conductor and giveaway a family four-pack tickets. 

Ready to win tickets? Get your videographer skills ready for your chance to win a family four-pack to Day Out With Thomas! The contest starts next week and will run May 1-14. They are looking for the biggest Thomas the Tank Engine fan to be named this year’s Honorary Conductor.
Here’s how it will work:

•May 1-14, post a video on Heber Valley Railroad’s Facebook page of your little conductor and why he or she is the biggest Thomas fan
•Get others to “like” your video submission
•One winner will be selected each week for a family four-pack of tickets to Day Out With Thomas
•One winner will be selected on May 15 to be named the Honorary Conductor and win a family four-pack of tickets to Day Out With Thomas

For more information on pricing, departures and ticket purchasing for Heber Valley Railroad Day Out with Thomas go HERE. All ABOARD!


Here’s an example of what your video could look like brought to you by my little train freaks, Tyson and Gavin.

When each of my boys turned 2, we celebrated train style. Go here and here for Thomas the Train birthday ideas.


Full Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. Opinions and love for trains are all my own.

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.



tyson is two

my oldest is a train aficionado.

naturally, we encourage this kind of curiosity. so, for tyson’s birthday, we took a family train ride on the heber creeper. he loved it. he was wide-eyed the whole time–and it was a 90 minute ride.

then afterward, it was cake and ice cream and way too many presents for the average 2-year-old, but just the right amount for my little star.

happy birthday, t!