Holiday Tradition: Strasburg Railroad & Choo Choo Barn

I love holiday traditions! As a family, it gives us something to look forward to each year.

This past weekend, we took our third trip to Lancaster, PA to see Santa on the Strasburg Railroad Santa Express.  This has become something that the boys look forward to every year.

My 5 year old couldn’t sleep the night before. He was so excited to have the chance to meet Santa again and of course get a little treat from him.

It happened to be a beautiful day – in the mid 60′s – which honestly is quite unheard of at this time of the year.

We boarded the Santa Express and traveled down the tracks to Paradise, PA and back.

The boys were able to shake Santa’s hand and get a photo with him. Their smiles went from ear to ear, they were in heaven!

We also had the chance to sit back and listen to beautiful music and live singing while checking out the beautiful scenery.

It’s always a magical time!

Our day didn’t end there. After we enjoyed Strasburg Railroad, we then headed off to the Choo Choo Barn right down the street.

I’ve never really had an interest in trains until I had two boys.

I have to say this place is so cool! It is a 1700 square feet model train layout and features over 150 hand-built animated figures and vehicles and 22 operating trains…it’s pretty incredible!

I love our little tradition and it’s a great way for us to kick off the holiday season!

Check out this short video I put together of our day!

What holiday traditions do you have with your family?

I was given complementary passes to Strasburg Railroad and the Choo Choo Barn. I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

Meet Tina @ Life Without Pink

2013 Family Expert for P&G's Have You Tried This Yet? Trend Trio, Tina is a mom of two active boys and the founder of Life Without Pink, a mom's guide for raising boys. You’ll find everything from cool gadgets, trend reports, daily adventures, travel ideas to personal stories, and tips for parenting boys.


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