It’s that time of year again, and what better way to get your kids in the mood for celebrating than an excursion up north? One of the most popular holiday events is the North Pole Experience. This interactive experience is set in the “North Pole” which is entered via a trolley ride through a magic portal in Flagstaff, Arizona. Families will board the trolley from the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona, and after a short ride to the portal, families will alight from the trolley at the North Pole. Elves will whisk the trolley passengers away to Santa’s Workshop, where families will work side by side with elves making toys for Santa to take to children around the world. Each room of the expansive workshop features a different activity, snack or story. This experience lasts about 90 minutes and ends with the children sitting on Santa’s lap.
To continue this magical experience, consider staying at the Little America Hotel, which beginning in mid-November, decorates its hotel and grounds with millions of holiday lights, making for one of the largest light displays in Arizona. The hotel also offers a special breakfast with Santa as part of its partnership with the North Pole Experience, so your little ones will get to spend additional time with the big guy.
Another popular holiday experience that’s perfect for families with younger children is the Polar Express. Hosted by the Grand Canyon Railway, this highly interactive train ride is based on the Polar Express children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg, and is an adorable hour-long adventure to the “North Pole”. Families will board the train at the train depot in Williams, Arizona at 5:30 or 7:30 p.m. and will return back to the depot. The depot is adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, which also offers special booking rates to Polar Express passengers. Be sure to check out the adorable gift shop too!
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