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That’s what my older son would say about North Pole Adventure at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. “It was the best day trip ever! Our family was going to visit Santa’s the North Pole, so Dad drove us up to Cleveland. We had a blast on Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad! The train rode through some beautiful scenery while getting lots of holiday cheer at every turn. We got hot chocolate and cookies, wrote letters to Santa and sent them with the help of elves, sang Christmas Carols, visited the North Pole where we met Santa himself, and each of us got candy. It was the best day ever!”

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad North Pole Adventure

North Pole Adventure train is a great place for families to spend time together. The Railroad brings life to Christmas with the North Pole Adventure that all family members can enjoy every year. People dress up warmly, gather their loved ones, and go on an adventure throughout the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to the North Pole, where Santa awaits them all.

Thank you, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, for sponsoring this unforgettable Christmas Fairytale. We had a great time and experience with your crew, and all opinions written here are honest and all mine.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. North Pole Adventure. Beginning.

Upon arrival, they asked us to park our car facing out so when it’s over, we can leave quickly. We got passes, security personnel checked everything, examined our immunization cards, and we passed! The employees really put effort into ensuring everything is safe, even if they are wearing elf costumes.

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. North Pole Adventure. Pass.

The train cars are cozy, decorated with excellent props. It’s not boiling, but it’s warm enough inside, and we take off our coats and off to go to the Cafe Car.

Despite it’s more than half an hour till the train departure the car is full. People buy snacks and souvenirs. We got popcorn with water and headed back. I am glad kids didn’t beg us for souvenirs because we got some great mugs later.

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. North Pole Adventure. Seating options.

Even though it is early November, we found out that the train is booked on most Saturdays, so we had to get our tickets on Friday to sit together. There are five different price options which vary between 45 to 92 dollars per person. As far as I understand, all the programs and gifts are the same, but the comfort and spacing between seats are different.

We had Deluxe seats with a table and four soft chairs. Since it was five of us, we got four seats together and one across the aisle, which is within arm’s reach. We were blessed with a father and daughter sitting at that second table, and I was pleased to see our kids made friends. Another priceless and unexpected gift.

I took a picture of Coach seats. They are nice and soft but have no tables, and it seems tight, so tall people had to sit diagonally in their chairs.

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Our Fun Day in Cleveland: A North Pole Adventure. Coach seats.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. North Pole Adventure. Letters to Santa.

Once the train took off, our elf entertained us with jokes and riddles. And my ten and seven years old kids can give some correct answers that make them excited and proud. They raise their hands and shout out answers loud.

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The next activity is writing a letter to Santa. I think my kids did it last time in kindergarten. That was the time of magic! I miss it when my children were naif and pure and believed in miracles. I miss it the most myself. And I still believe in miracles, and this trip to the North Pole reminded me about it. My kids asked for a phone and toys, and their desires were heard by their “Santa.”

“It can be a miracle when you believe. When you believe!”

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. North Pole Adventure. Hot chocolate and cookies.

While some kids are still writing, others are done and expect another activity. The elves are distributing hot chocolate with cookies. Those blue mugs are for us to take home as a dearest reminder about this magical adventure.

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. North Pole Adventure. Light side and Dark side.

Kids are writing, drinking, eating, and on top of it, Christmas trivia goes on. And elf announce exciting news! We are approaching the North Pole. The worker told us that there is a “light side” and a “dark side” at the North Pole, and she wants all kids to be on the “light side.” Later on, it all makes sense when we see all the lights, decorations, and Northpole residents are on the left.

My three-year-old son has never seen Santa before. It is so pleasing to see him excited and surprised. The older kids were the same, happy. We saw Santa riding one way on deers and then on the other way, the sleighs, for some reason, were empty. When we saw one elf putting our letters into a mailbox, we knew Santa got them.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. North Pole Adventure. Santa is here!

The train stopped. I thought we would come out, but no, it just switched direction, and we returned. But what a surprise! It wouldn’t be complete without Santa showing up! And here he is! In his red outfit and fuzzy hat, he approached every kid and gave her a sweet candy.

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. North Pole Adventure. Santa.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. North Pole Adventure. The show must go on.

After he is gone, the fun continues. We got Christmas Carol’s booklet and sang songs the entire way back home. It is a holiday atmosphere in the car. Suddenly, I felt like I was at home at a Christmas Party when guests ate and socialized, and we even sang a few songs or played games. I like that North Pole Adventure had this Christmas Spirit on the train. We came here as strangers but left as friends.

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If you are looking for a Christmas adventure, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is your place. The Railroad runs through Ohio’s scenic countryside and has an old-time North Pole Adventure with holiday specials, starting November 5th through December 19th!

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