During the journey, Santa’s elves will escort children to a special seat for their visit with “The Jolly Old Fellow.” All kids get a nice present.
During the journey, The Story-Telling Princess will read “The Polar Express,” which was written by Chris VanAllsburg of Grand Rapids.
All four vintage railcars are heated and each has a restroom on board. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras!
The first runs of the Santa Train depart the station in downtown Coopersville on Thanksgiving weekend: Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.
The train will run every Saturday and Sunday in December until Christmas. December Saturday departures are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday departures are at 1 and 3 p.m.
The uniformed conductor begins boarding passengers 20 minutes prior to each departure.
Santa Train fares are $14.50 for adults, $13.50 for senior citizens, $11.50 for kids ages 2-12, and free for children under age 2.
For advance tickets, call 616-997-7000, ext. 3; or visit www.MItrain.net The Coopersville & Marne Railway will be closed for the season from Dec. 19 until March 24, 2012.