On Sunday evening my daughter, granddaughter and myself were booked on The Polar Express!!!!
We live only yards away from Frosterley Station on The Weardale Railway line, and this year they are running The Polar Express.
The train ride is inspired by the book by Chris Van Allsburg and of course the film, it has previously only been available in America.
The ride begins at Stanhope Station only 2 miles from my house, where we picked up our tickets.
We wore our Jim Jams of course!
Once we were on our way the ticket collector punched the tickets...
...singing chefs' entertained and delivered hot chocolate and cookies.
There was a great deal of jollity and fun as we wound our way through the night to the North Pole, where we picked up the big man himself!!!
Santa gave each child their own special bell.
Flic declared "I can hear it! I believe!!"
We had a magical time. Flic's face was a picture, so full of wonder!
Yes it was a bit expensive, and to critical adult eyes there were one or two things that could have been improved on but the reaction of my granddaughter and the obvious awe and amazement that she experienced throughout the whole trip made it priceless.