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December 10, 2013


All aboard for Christmas magic


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Added Megan, “I’ve read The Polar Express every year since I was little.”

Two families traveling together for the train excursion were the Lochers and the Whites. Chad Locher said his family had tried a similar ride in Utica before being recommended the Medina excursion.

“I love it,” he said. “This reignites the imagination and brings it back to like being a kid. It’s a great Christmas atmosphere.” 

An Orchard Park family was marking its fourth consecutive year on the Polar Express. “The kids actually watched the movie on the way out here tonight,” chuckled Wende Paas. She said the trip is one her and her family look forward to annually.

Shauna Smith, who came from the opposite direction (Hilton, outside of Greece), repeated what was essentially the mantra of the evening: magic.

“It’s magical,” she said. “This is kids in their jammies seeing Santa Claus; it’s what they dream about and it’s coming to life.”

Charlotte Gilmer, on board with her cousin, mother, and children, was pleasantly surprised by the ride.

“I thought it was going to be a quick ride and that would be it,” she said. “But it’s really been wonderful with the helpers, and the music…”

Her mother, Karen Baker, added, “This whole ride is making me feel their age (hugs grandson) and I’m Grandma!”

Karen House, Gilmer’s cousin, said the Polar Express and its organizers deserve praise for creating something so simple in such grand fashion.

“I think, in a technology-driven world, this shows the magic of Christmas alive, and that imagination and fun and magic still exist in the lives of children and adults, if only for one night.,” she said.


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