Being A Tourist In Your Own Backyard–The Essex Steam Train and Visiting Santa Claus in the North Pole

Yesterday was December 26, the day after Christmas. 

Once again we decided to be “tourists in our own backyard”. 

We have tried to pass on our love for traveling to our boys by exposure. Both kids got their passports before they could sit up and roll over. Aside from going overseas we have really tried to make our kids appreciate their local surroundings.

We are firm believers that if you can’t love and enjoy where you are living right now, how can you truly appreciate life and visiting abroad? We often find ourselves “playing tourist in our own backyard” and I mention it frequently in other posts.

 We took the 45 minute drive from New Haven to Essex to ride on a vintage steam train to the North Pole.


It was an awesome cabaret ride filled with sing-a-long Christmas caroling, a visit from the elves, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. essex2essex

Each train cart had their assigned elf who gives gifts, candies, cookies and cocoa.  Our elf, Manny Mistletoe, kept us entertained with songs and games.


The action not only happens in the train, but the night skies shows homes in their lighted, decorated glory and from a distance you will even see Santa Claus and his reindeers.



Yesterday was a magical moment not only for the kids, but all the adults who were able to relive the awe of “believing” in Santa Claus, his elves and the magic of Christmas.

If you just allowed yourself to escape and let your imagination wander you were truly transported to the North Pole.

Goodbye Christmas!  See you again next year!

Have a wonderful day!


One response to “Being A Tourist In Your Own Backyard–The Essex Steam Train and Visiting Santa Claus in the North Pole

  1. Pingback: Massimo’s Favorite Gift from Santa Was a Yoyo |

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