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Celebrate the holidays with a ride on the North Pole Express

Posted On
Nov 06, 2017
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What better way to celebrate this holiday season than with a trip to the North Pole. If you or your children have ever fantasized about riding on the Polar Express, this is your chance. The North Pole Express runs from now until Dec. 23; check our site today for train times and to purchase tickets.

You and your family will be able to enjoy a 90 minute ride along the Heber Valley Railroad as you travel to the North Pole. Mrs. Claus will also be there to serve her famous chocolate chip cookies. And once the train reaches the North Pole, Santa will hop on board to meet each child and give them a special gift.

Along the ride, be prepared to sing and dance to your favorite Christmas hits as well as be entertained by our amazing hosts and some friendly elves. The North Pole cocoa chefs will also be there to help you warm up with the North Pole’s finest hot cocoa. 

Regular and first-class tickets are available for all trains, and there is also Red Caboose seating for private groups of up to 14 people. Those who ride first class will get a North Pole Express souvenir mug in addition to the yummy treats and gift from Santa.

The North Pole Express is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to do in Heber Valley. Below are some more ideas for where to eat and other activities you and your family can do before or after the train ride. Don’t want to cram too much in one day? These activities could be a great addition to your North Pole Express ride, or you could even make a separate trip to try them out another day!

Grab some grub

Daniels Summit Lodge Pole Grill

Complete your trip with an amazing meal at Daniels Summit Lodge Pole Grill. Whether you want to eat before or after your North Pole Express ride, the Lodge Pole Grill is the perfect place to grab a bite with its famous burgers, ribs, and much more. With this delicious Western menu, everyone in your party will find something they love. The Lodge Pole Grill is the perfect location for a romantic meal, family outing, and more with its rustic mountain atmosphere. No reservation necessary.

The Bakery at Zermatt

This authentic European bakery, located in the Zermatt Resort in Midway, is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. With its wide variety of hot paninis, fresh soups made on the daily, and more, the Bakery at Zermatt, also known as the Backeri and Eis is the perfect treat for your appetite. Not quite hungry enough for a full meal? Backeri and Eis is also the place to grab a delicious fresh pastry or some homemade gelato to snack on; both will make your mouth water.

Keep the magic going

The Great Christmas Adventure

Can’t get enough of Heber Valley? Well good news for you because Heber Valley has a plethora of other activities perfect for your holiday outing needs. Every weekend in the month of December (till the 23rd), visitors can enjoy The Great Christmas Adventure. This event might be the perfect addition to your North Pole Express ride.

Participants will be able to interact with Santa’s elves, tour the Elf Village, ride the Elf Express Christmas train to Santa’s toy factory, deliver presents to Santa’s sleigh, and shop in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. The Great Christmas Adventure also gives you and your family the chance to experience snow INDOORS, with indoor snowman building and good old fashioned snowball fights. Last, but not least, you will get to fulfill those lifelong dreams of riding on Santa’s magic sleigh and meet the big man himself. To learn more about this holiday adventure and to buy tickets, visit this site.

Cheese Tasting - Heber Valley Cheese

Feel like taking a break from the hectic holidays? Then look no further than Heber Valley Cheese Tasting. If you’re overwhelmed with all the Christmas activities, on Friday, Dec. 8, take the evening to become a cheese connoisseur. At Heber Valley Cheese, you’ll be able to try our new flavors before they are even released. You will also get some one-on-one time with our famous cheese-makers and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the factory. To reserve your spot online or to learn more, visit our site.

Looking forward

Can’t wait to see what other activities we have coming up in the next few months? Come check out our famous Ice Castles or Soldier Hollow.

Located in Midway, these ice castles will blow you away. The archways, glowing tunnels, and more (all made entirely of ice) are patterned after the well-known geological features of Utah. You and your family will enjoy exploring the beautiful structures, and if you’re feeling extra whimsical, it’s the perfect setting to act out your favorite scenes from “Frozen.”

Soldier Hollow, located in Wasatch Mountain State Park, is known for many things, but in the winter time, it is the perfect place for skiing, snowshoeing, and most famously, tubing. With the longest tubing lanes in Utah, these 1,200 foot tubing tracks (fully equipped with a lift service that will tow you up the hill) will be the perfect outdoor winter activity that everyone will enjoy.

For more information on other activities and must-see places in Heber Valley, visit our event calendar. And we can’t wait to see you in Heber Valley this winter season!


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