Updated on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 9:25AM by Tara Burghart
So you meant to sign up for your town’s “Polar Express”-themed trip on the Metra, but it sold out before you filled out the registration form. Or maybe you meant to buy advance tickets for the “Polar Express” event at the Fox Valley Trolley Museum in South Elgin, but those tickets sold out, too.
Well, the “Weekend Spotlight” brings you good news: The Oswegoland Park District is running its popular and unique “Oswego Holiday Express” this weekend, and there are still spots available.
The Oswegoland Park District says a Metra-based “Polar Express” event it organized in 2004 was well attended, but surveys with participants indicated the kids wanted more time with Santa and that everyone was cold waiting at the train station.
So the park district’s special event coordinator, Kristie Vest, started trying to imagine a different kind of event in a spot that could evoke some of the mystery of the classic holiday book by Chris Van Allsburgh.
The result is the Oswego Holiday Express, which features a trolley train ride leaving from Santa Station (Hunt Club Elementary School), during which the conductor reads “The Polar Express.” When the trolley reaches the “North Pole,” passengers will find a roaring bonfire, elves and live reindeer.