A trip to the North Pole probably isn’t in the cards this Christmas.
But who needs negative temps and tons of travel, when you can take a trip on the only daylight train to the legendary Christmas town of Leavenworth to see the annual Lighting Festival?
You can board the train at King Street Station, Edmonds Station or in Everett. Passenger cars are decorated to the hilt.
Along the way, a catered continental breakfast will be served accompanied by oompah-pah bands, jazz bands, carolers, shifty sailors, magicians and Santa strolling through the aisles.
Near the 4000-foot summit, the train transits the Cascade Tunnel — the second longest in North America and enters into a winter wonderland with ski slopes and ice-choked rivers.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. the train rolls to a stop in Leavenworth.
This Bavarian mountain town is dressed to look and feel, as The New York Times wrote, “a bit like the interior of a snow globe.”
Horse-drawn carriages glide down the roads, carolers stroll and vendors sell holiday fare.
Later, the entire town will be illuminated.
After re-boarding the train, dinner and more entertainment are featured.
For reservations and information: call (206) 935-6848 or www.alkitours.com.
The price is $169 for adults and $159 for children for standard seating. Price includes round-trip train transportation, continental breakfast, catered dinner and entertainment. Train departs on Saturdays in December 1, 8, 15 and 22.