Photos by Glenn Aronwits courtesy of Alaska Railroad
Beauty, caroling and Santa: It doesn't get more festive than a trip aboard the Alaska Railroad Holiday Train.
Well, save the few of you who are fortunate enough to commandeer any magic sleighs this Christmas.
For the rest of us, we have the opportunity to take in the Alaskan landscape in the comfort and coziness of a train bedecked out in mirth and merriment.
Many in the area are already well aware of the Alaska Railroad Holiday Train, which is again set to roll starting on Dec. 5.
However, there is a bit of good news in the form of an extra day added to the calendar. That's right; there is now three dates to choose from thanks to an ongoing influx of interest: Dec. 5, 12 and, new to the season, 19.
Those not familiar with the trip can get more information at the official website. Prices range from $53 for adults to $32 for children ages two to 11.
Bruce LaLonde, who serves as the Alaska Railroad director of guest services and passenger marketing spoke to the interest an the addition of a third day this December, via a press release: "We're excited to expand our Holiday Train service to a third weekend this winter season. This memorable, family-friendly experience offers even our youngest rail fans the opportunity to view Alaska from the rail car and join us in spreading holiday cheer during the most wonderful time of the year."
Those who have yet to take the 2.5-hour trip can glean some of the festivities from the video below:
Now there are a couple of options for those who will be in Anchorage on the above dates. You can choose to go on a morning trip, which leaves the station at 10 in the morning and returns at 12:30 p.m. local time.
If you prefer to sleep in, you can opt for the afternoon train, which leaves at three in the afternoon and returns at 5:30 in the evening.
In either case, it's the perfect respite for family during a chaotic month of festivities. Take a break from shopping or just recline and take in all the caroling.
In any case, make sure to say what's up to Santa for us.
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