As my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina continues to exponentially grow, the more fun, family experiences become available. For the first time ever, The Piedmont & Northern Railway in Belmont — a 20 minute drive from the Queen City — began service onboard The Train To Christmas Town this past week and I had to make sure that Joaquín and I were on the inaugural train ride. I brought my Mother and Grandmother along with us as well!
The heartwarming holiday tale comes to life when the train departs Belmont for a one-hour roundtrip journey to “Christmas Town”: a secret location that only the elves and Santa know about. The cheerful elves greet you the second you board the festively-dressed train cars.
Guests are then welcomed by the Conductor and are given hot cocoa and sugar cookies to enjoy while listening to “The Train To Christmas Town,” which is read aloud by the voice of author, Peggy Ellis. Then Bumblebee the Polar Bear and Wabash the Squirrel appear, as everyone joins in for Christmas carols and nonstop surprises. Joaquín was absolutely delighted the entire train ride and did not know which direction to look in!
Once you arrive at Christmas Town, Santa climbs onboard and greets everyone with holiday cheer and presents each child with a special gift. The return trip is filled with more carols, photo opportunities with Santa, dancing elves, and unforgettable memories.
Developed by Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC, The Train to Christmas Town is a custom holiday event that is based upon the book authored by Peggy Ellis. She is an experienced public school educator, mother, and writer. The book centers on Janet, a girl searching for new meaning in friendship, family, and the meaning of Christmas. She relies on her brother and their woodland friends as they make their yearly journey to Christmas Town. The train journey also has a custom produced soundtrack by Grammy Award winners Trout Fishing in America. The album features the theme song named for the event, “The Train to Christmas Town”.
The Premier Rail Collection is a family of passenger railroads across the United States that aims to bring the spirit of rail travel to a new generation, and reinvigorate the love for trains in those that knew it in its golden age. I hope this train ride was just the first of many that Joaquín and I will ride around the world together!