One of a kind Christ­mas out­ings

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed Helmick for Serve Daily

One of the most unique Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ences in the en­tire na­tion is right here in our back yard. Less than an hour away in He­ber is the North Pole Ex­press. This is an old nar­row gauge train that of­fers an old-fash­ioned and un­for­get­table Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ence for the en­tire fam­ily.

This 90-minute round trip train ride starts off from the He­ber Train Sta­tion with Santa’s Elves pro­vid­ing Mrs. Claus’s choco­late chip cook­ies and hot choco­late to drink while singing Christ­mas car­ols. When the train ar­rives at the north pole,

Santa will board the train for the trip back to He­ber and present the kids with a gift. The whole trip is a re­ally fun ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially for the kids.

The North Pole Ex­press runs ev­ery evening, ex­cept Sun­day, un­til De­cem­ber 22. Tick­ets can be pur­chased for North Pole Class Seat­ing or First-class Seat­ing. You can email a train agent at mailto:[email protected] heber­val­ or call (435) 654-5601.

The He­ber Val­ley Rail­road De­pot is lo­cated at 450 South 600 West, in He­ber.

If you want to see a Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ence by boat, the CLAS Ropes Course of­fers a Christ­mas Cruise on the Provo River. This is an­other neat ex­pe­ri­ence as thou­sands of lights and Christ­mas scenes light up along the shore and re­flect off the water.

Christ­mas mu­sic is played along the way and the boat Cap­tain gives a fun nar­ra­tive along the way. The boat cruise lasts about 20 to 25 min­utes. The boats are un­cov­ered and you need to bring your own blan­kets and warm clothes.

The Christ­mas Boat Cruise de­parts from CLAS Ropes Course at 3606 West Cen­ter Street in Provo. The cruise runs ev­ery 30 min­utes Mon­day through Thurs­day from 6:30 to 9:00 PM and on Fri­day and Satur­day night from 6:30 to 10:00 PM. The price is $8 per per­son.

If you have a large group you can rent the en­tire boat for $175 Tues­day through Thurs­day and $195 on Mon­day, Fri­day, and Satur­day.

The Christ­mas Boat Cruise runs through De­cem­ber 22.

Photos: Ed Helmick

Above: Santa’s Train on the He­ber Val­ley Rail­road Be­low: Lights along the CLAS Chirst­mas Cruise

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