Geton the Santa train!

Published on Thu, Dec 9, 2004 by eg Olson

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Get on the Santa train!

By Meg Olson

“Just a little first night jitters,” said Dale Giffen, his radio crackling as the Santa Train headed out on its first trip of the season for a 20-minute sparkling tour through an eclectic collection of Christmas figures and storybook characters.

It’s the ninth year for the Birch Bay attraction, which Giffen said takes two and a half months for the crew at Miniature World on Birch Bay-Lynden Road to set up. Riders from all over the county lined up at 5 p.m. on December 3 to be the first to ride the train this season, warming up with hot chocolate and cookies included with the $4.75 ticket price. “I think we might come next weekend too,” said Waneta Scotti of Point Roberts. Climbing into half a dozen covered red train cars, the riders set off through 10 acres of winter wonderland, illuminated by a million lights.

The train rolls along at walking speed so riders can peer into Santa’s Workshop, see carolers in the miniature church and count the over 100 snowmen of all shapes and sizes along the way. There are also characters from favorite stories, like the three little pigs, Snow White with her seven dwarves and a tiny Barney on a rope-light swing. The train ride also reminds riders what Christmas celebrates, with a brightly lit nativity.

Pulling into the station at the North Pole riders are greeted by Santa who welcomes anyone to his lap for a photo and to share Christmas wishes. There is also a concession and gift-shop on the way out, where little engineers can buy their own caps and kerchiefs.

The Santa train runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on December 10 - 12, and 17-23.