Nothing can prepare you for the magic you will encounter aboard the Verde Canyon rails in December. The Magical Christmas Journey™ to the North Pole is an exciting holiday event for the entire family. The fun starts at the depot where the spirit of the season is aglow and visible from afar. Festive holiday treats and beverages may be purchased and enjoyed while perusing the grounds rich with festive lighting and décor. There is plenty of time for a family photo with a real Bald Eagle and Princess Noel before touring the charming miniature Bird’s-Eye Village.
Once the conductor yells, “All Aboard,” the train travels through a magic tunnel to Santa’s private tracks to the North Pole. The journey is illuminated with canyon critters, and the train is festooned in holiday splendor. Silly elves and joyous car attendants do their part in making the trip very jolly.
The train is met by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, “reindeer” and elves at the North Pole, as it slowly cruises past an exquisite collection of life-size buildings embellished in seasonal color and splendor. Savor the Christmas spirit aboard the train as it passes by Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Bakery, the Reindeer Flight School, the Naughty Kid’s Coal Mine and the Ugly Sweater Factory, to name a few, before Santa hops onboard the train for the return trip Clarkdale. The man in the big red suit will interact with all the children and gift each with a little memento signifying their North Pole canyon adventure aboard The Magical Christmas Journey™.