Here’s what happens on the Cape’s ‘Train to Christmas Town’

It goes way beyond meeting Santa.

Santa greeting passengers on a previous "Train to Christmas Town" ride. –Cape Cod Central Railroad

Move over, Polar Express; there’s another magical train spreading holiday cheer. “The Train to Christmas Town,” departs from Buzzards Bay beginning Nov. 24. This is the fourth year that Cape Cod Central Railroad is offering the event, based on Peggy Ellis’s book by the same name.

During the 70-minute ride, families travel to “Christmas Town,” or the North Pole while drinking hot cocoa, eating cookies, singing Christmas carols, and listening to a reading of The Train to Christmas Town. Once at Christmas Town, the train picks up Santa and his elves, and Santa gives each child a treat.

“It’s really interactive,” said Kaylene Jablecki, passenger operations manager for Cape Cod Central Railroad and manager of the event. “It’s high energy. The elves make it a lot of fun.”

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It also mimics the plot of Ellis’s book, which describes the adventures of a little girl named Janice and her brother. The siblings ride the train to Christmas Town alone for the first time because their grandmother can’t make the trip. They share seats with animals and meet elves serving cocoa and cookies before Santa Claus arrives.

“As the book is read on board, the characters come out as they’re mentioned in the story,” Jablecki said.

Kids get to meet Wabash the squirrel, Zephyr the cat, and Bumblebee the polar bear. They can also hunt for small stuffed animal characters from the book, like mice Bubble and Squeak, amid the train’s five cars as they take their seats, Jablecki said.

When asked exactly where “Christmas Town” is located on the Cape, Jablecki said, “Santa would be very upset if we disclosed the exact location of the North Pole.”

Cape Cod Central Railroad, 70 Main St., Buzzards Bay; Nov. 24-Dec. 23; $44 to $79 per ticket

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