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Caboose Christmas Journey

Let your imagination take flight on a magical journey to the North Pole aboard Verde Canyon Railroad. This 1-hour in length Christmas adventure is an abbreviated trip from the train’s standard 4-hour excursion, making it a perfect Christmas trip for even the tiniest tot. Departing every Saturday and Sunday, December 1st through the 23rd at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m..

The magical journey to the North Pole begins at the Verde Canyon Railroad depot in Clarkdale. The spirit of Christmas will be aglow and visible from afar, beckoning all to experience this dream. Festive lights will be abundant, as will holiday treats available to enjoy while perusing the decorated depot grounds. Luminarias will light the Southwestern-style depot roofline and icicle lighting will adorn the depot’s wrap-around porch and pergola.

Prior to boarding, families will be able to tour a miniature village featuring 10 tiny houses on a town square with a flight path for children, wearing provided wings. A walking path for adults offers an eagle’s eye-view of what these majestic birds see in flight. This unique “flight” is inspired by Verde Canyon Railroad’s relationship with Liberty Wildlife of Arizona. Several educational bald eagles that comes regularly to ride Verde Canyon Railroad will be at the depot to greet the children and give “wing-flapping” lessons prior to entering the village.

Children are asked to drop their “letters to Santa” in a mailbag which will be delivered to the North Pole during the train ride. Verde Canyon Railroad’s train cars and open-air viewing cars are festively ornamented and illuminated as the cheerful staff call ”All aboard!” At this point one of the Liberty Wildlife bald eagles and a beautiful Christmas princess will greet the children as they board the train for the magical round-trip into the dark of night, through a mystical tunnel to the North Pole and back. Along the route, silhouettes of resident canyon critters will be featured in three-dimensional brilliance, lighting the journey to the Santa’s special depot at the North Pole.

At the magical North Pole passengers will see creatively-decorated buildings featuring Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Bakeshop, a coal mine, the Reindeer Barn, Elf School and “the Ugly Sweater Factory” among others. Mrs. Claus and acrobatic elves will wave good-bye to Santa Claus as he boards the train for the return trip to Clarkdale. The man in the big red suit will spend time with each child, gifting them with a little memento as a reminder of their Christmas Adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad.
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