Dear Diary, Before Santa Claus climbs aboard his sleigh, he’s climbing aboard trains across the commonwealth. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpers are inviting children and families to join them on fun, festive train trips. The stations are a short road trip away, and the holiday activity gives families an opportunity to get in some quality time on the Turnpike. Along the way, play The Polar Express on your DVD player or tablet to keep the kids occupied during the drive and build anticipation for what’s in store. Here are our four holiday train rides for families. New Hope: North Pole Express www.newhoperailroad.com Climb aboard the North Pole Express for a 60-minute train ride to the North Pole. Joining you on your journey-Santa and Mrs. Claus. Along the way, you can listen to Christmas carols, sip hot chocolate and munch on cookies. And the best part for kids-The Claus couple delivers presents, to those who are nice of course. New Freedom: Steam Into History www.steamintohistory.com Steam into history aboard the William H. Simpson #17, a replica of the Civil War steam locomotive that carried Abraham Lincoln to deliver the Gettysburg Address. The train offers Santa sing-a-longs. A storyteller will read the Night Before Christmas. Carolers will sing favorite holiday tunes. And Santa Claus will join in the festivities. Click here for more train trips throughout Pennsylvania. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.