Holiday Express at Union Station Train

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Saturday night was on of the most magical nights! We took McKinley to Union Station to see the Holiday Express Train for the first time and I do believe this will become a holiday tradition! To see your child's face light up when he sees this glorious train, it's worth all the waiting in that incredibly long line! 

We got to Union Station around 5:30 Saturday night and found ourselves among some of the most festive families in Kansas City! Everyone was dressed in their holiday best and every single child had on their best holiday attitude! Union Station was all a glow in their gorgeous holiday decor and it can't help but put everyone in a festive mood. The wreathes and trees are larger than life. The grand hall drips in white lights that hang from the ceiling. I know I keep saying it, but everything truly is magical!

This was our first trip to the the Holiday Express and I can't believe we haven't done this sooner. Especially with a six year old who absolutely loves trains. It's only here for a limited time every year so you truly need to plan the trip. We only had Saturday evening free and so did everyone else in the metro. But like I said earlier, it was the most positive experience. No one was unruly or impatient. The line was roughly two hours long. But for us, it turns out that membership has it privileges. You don't have to wait in that General Admission line! We are not only thankful for the membership gift, we are also thankful we found this out after only about 15 minutes in line! But Union Station has you covered if you do have to wait. They have a snack cart with hotdogs, pretzels, chips, popcorn, drinks, and desserts. And, you can spike your coffee if you need a little kick to get through the evening!! 

But once you get through the line, you make your way down to the tracks, and you're greeted by a BNSF engine. And, if you're anything like McKinley, you freak out and start telling everyone there is a BNSF engine!

At this point of the trip, you can split off and visit with Santa. Or, you can be like us and head straight to the train as we've already had our Santa visit. And then it was time to take the tour! Want to come along?

And as we were changing cars, a real train came roaring by!

It was truly a wonderful family evening and I can't wait to go back next year. Like I said, Ithink we've found our new family holiday tradition!


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