It’s that time of year again when the oh-so-joyous holiday season gives way to two scrooges fighting over the one available parking space a mile from the mall. Wouldn’t it be nice if this season of giving wasn’t quite so stressful? Wouldn’t it be nice if holiday shopping was something you looked forward to instead of giving you an anxiety attack over the parking lot traffic jam? I think it’s time you chose a new ‘track’ to holiday shopping: The Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
The railroad, built in 1896 and complete with 1920s-era coaches, is a unique and historic experience. The main steam engine, “Puffy,” is one of oldest continuously operated steam engines of the South. Passengers board in Grapevine and are taken on a 21-mile adventure to the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards. Passengers are then given two hours to shop in the stockyards, which are festively decorated and complete with seasonal shops such as The North Pole Express General Store.
Not 'onboard' just yet? What if I told you the vintage railroad is transformed each holiday season into The Polar Express, full of seasonal surprises? That’s right, just in case you accidentally leave your cup of cheer at home, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad team will be happy to fill you up with some of theirs. A ride on The Polar Express comes complete with caroling, a journey through a Christmas tree maze, complimentary hot chocolate, early presents for the kids, and a visit from jolly Old Saint Nick himself.
Arrive early to the train station for the full experience of the holiday décor as well as ornament-decorating prior to boarding! This one-of-a-kind experience provides fun for the whole family, and will undoubtedly become your family’s new favorite holiday tradition. I think it’s time you come onboard this season and let “Puffy” let off the steam so that you don’t have to.