Update: Massive bummer alert.
I was so excited to see this deal back that I didn’t notice the fine print. Turns out this Santa Train is for 21 and over.
Yes, it’s the, “Booze Cruise,” version of the Santa Express. I guess…..I don’t really get it either.
Anyway, you can still take an extra 20% off a local Groupon, but don’t get this one to take the kids!
If you bought this by mistake, I do apologize. Get in touch with Groupon, and they should be able to help you out. They’ve always been able to help me in the past. I will also get in touch with MRSR to see if they’re planning to offer more deals on the actual Santa Express for…you know….children!
This one is the Santa Express from Mt.Rainier Scenic Railroad that runs out of Elbe. You can read more about my family’s fall outing on this train here. This deal gets you two tickets for 31.00, and while that’s still a good chunk of change, it is half off! You are allowed to buy up to two additional deals as gifts, so if you have a family of four, simply buy two Groupons. I doubled check with our friends at MRSR, and they confirmed that this is fine. PLUS, right now you can save an extra 20% off any local deal with code SALE. See-sometimes procrastination pays!
Do note that you need to choose a particular ride and time and call to make your reservations after you buy your deal.
Kids 5-12 are 24.00, so you will save on their tickets with this deal, though not as much.
3 and 4 year olds are 15.00, and kids 2 and under are free, so don’t bother with it for them. **Do mention them when you call-everyone needs a ticket to board, even the free tots.
The train ride itself is very fun. It’s a storybook perfect steam engine, and if your kids are fans of Thomas the Tank Engine or trains in general-they’ll LOVE it. You should know that it is very loud and jostles gently. If you have a child with sensory issues, this may not be the outing for you.
Reviews are mixed on the scenery-despite the name you only get a little peak at Mt.Rainier. I would consider this much more a trip about the experience.
During this ride, Santa will come out to mix and mingle with the kids, and there will be cocoa and cookies and a small gift for kids 12 and under. It sounds super cute to me!
If the Santa Train isn’t of interest, you might want to have a look anyway. I see deals to the Hands-On Children’s Museum, Victorian Country Christmas (this one excludes weekends), the Harlem Globetrotters, the Flight Museum, and more! If you’ve been thinking of giving the gift of experience, it’s worth a look. Of course, I also have lots of other holiday fare coming your way-including plenty of Free fun!
You can head here to Groupon to check out all the available local events and activities deals. If you find one worth highlighting, leave a comment!