Polar Express Train Ride, Durango, Coloradovia durangotrain.com
This historic mining town transforms its local steam-engine train, the Durango, into a Polar Express-inspired ride from November 17th to January 2nd. All passengers are given hot chocolate and a treat served by personal chefs who read The Polar Express story on the way to the “North Pole” where Santa is swooped up. Santa then visits each car, chefs lead Christmas carols, and every child is given a special gift. Passengers can also ride the regular Cascade Canyon Train through the snowy mountains to cut down their own Christmas tree, which is hauled back to Durango on the steam train. The Polar Express is one of our favorite holiday flicks. Check out the rest of the movies that make our top Christmas movies list.
Christkindlmarket, Chicagovia christkindlmarket.com
As the temperatures drop in Chicago, the city only gets more cheery, pulling out all the stops for a festive holiday season, starting with Christkindlmarket, the largest open-air market in Chicago. The Bavarian bazaar was inspired by a Nuremberg, Germany market that was founded in 1545. You’ll find nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, hand-blown ornaments, authentic German food and drink, and a whole lot of Christmas spirit. Find out more about our favorite Christmas traditions from around the world.