Saturday, December 8, 2012

Santa Train in Boulder City, NV

It's that time of year when Santa makes his way around to visit all the boys & girls before the big day.  We caught him with an M&M elf last night at Ethel M. Chocolate Factory.  He scuba dives at the saltwater tank inside the Silverton Casino & visits with the lil kids for a free 4x6 photo at Bass Pro Shops.
For a different outdoor meet & greet you can see Mr. & Mrs. Claus on the Santa Train in Boulder City, NV.  Click HERE to find out about ticketing information, dates & times.  We have taken my son for the past couple years & each time he enjoys it even more than the last.  The Nevada State Railroad Museum is a southeastern drive from Las Vegas towards Boulder City on US-93 & once past the Veterans Memorial traffic light make a left turn onto Yucca Street just past the Taco Bell restaurant.  The train station will be on the right-hand side of the street.  Tickets are event priced at $5 per person/seat & the train rides fill up quickly.  Since tickets & seating are 1st come 1st served please bundle up.  More cars are open air & can get breezy.  Have your camera ready for your own pictures since Mr. & Mrs. Claus make their way through the festively decorated train cars for quick visits.  His sleigh is available for family photo opportunities besides the really cool trains there too.  It just so happens your kids can bring along their letter to dropoff in Santa's Mailbox during  your visit.  Check out the gift shop, restored trains, hop aboard the Yuletide Express for a narrated train ride through the bone yard to learn of the unrestored trains from loving volunteers.  Donations welcomed for that Yuletide Express experience to assist with further restoration projects.  We later crossed the street to visit the Toy Train Operator's Society model train layouts.  The creativity & detail of some displays are very cool.  New for 2012 are live steam models scaled down to 1.5" from a full-sized 12" of normal locomotive size operated by Nevada Southern Live Steamers.  Get the family in the spirit of the holidays with a fun mix of history...  it just may become your new family tradition.

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