Holiday Tradition: Strasburg Railroad & Choo Choo Barn

by Tina @ Life Without Pink on November 30, 2011

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 personal lifestyle blog focused on parenting, and raising boys to give other parents inspiration. You’ll find everything from cool gadgets, daily adventures, to personal stories and tips for raising boys. She's also the co-founder of Girls' Lunch Out {GLO}, a social media network that hosts events for women in social media and the Influencer Strategist for Socialstars by Crowdtap.

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1 Jaime November 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

Ooh, I think my son would LOVE this trip! How long does it take to get there from South NJ, roughly? Is it an easy drive? Thanks for posting this, as it gives me ideas!!!
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2 Tina @ Life Without Pink November 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm

It’s about a 1hr 20min, but an easy drive. We go every year, it’s so much fun and you can spend an entire day there. Kids love it!
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3 Kristen @ Motherese November 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Wow, my boys would love that. I wish we had something like that closer to us, though Lancaster is on the way to my parents’ house for Christmas! :)
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4 JDaniel4's Mom November 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

JDaniel would love this. What a wonderful tradition!
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5 Barbara December 1, 2011 at 7:07 am

That looks like so much fun! I’m sure your boys will always remember this amazing tradition you have. We haven’t really established any traditions of our own, but I’m hoping that once we are settled for good and no longer expatriated we can begin our traditions.
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6 Glamamom December 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

OMG, Sebastian would LOVE this!
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