Families make best of rainy North Pole Express ride in Grapevine
GRAPEVINE, Texas - The wet weather Tuesday night added a little atmosphere for a trip to the ‘North Pole’ in Grapevine.
The family train ride is a version of the holiday classic, 'The Polar Express.’ It’s a hot ticket, and kids don't want to hear anything about a rain check.
People were invited to wear their Christmas pajamas to take a train ride to see Santa. But almost all of those PJs were worn with rain boots and umbrellas as families were doing their best to celebrate Christmas despite this weather.
Instead of ‘let it snow,’ people in DFW had no choice but to ‘let it rain.’
In Downtown Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas, no child or dog was going to let a little rain ruin their chance at seeing Santa — even if it meant pairing rain boots with Christmas pajamas.
"We got to see Rudolph,” 6-year-old Grayson Stewart happily explained. “We got to go on the express train. We got to have candy canes."
Six of Santa's reindeer, from Dancer and Prancer to 10-month-old baby Rudolph, stayed out of the elements. That's where the Duplechin family, in town from Louisiana, sought shelter to stay dry.
"The weather is not that great, but we're going to make the best Christmas we can,” explained Sheri Duplechin, whose family was in town from Louisiana.
The Ross family also knows this weather isn't ideal for these outdoor festivities.
"But we're here and having fun and making the most of it,” they said.
Making the most required umbrellas and rain gear as rain continued to fall. It then turned to snow (or fake snow for Texans) before boarding the North Pole Express.
The North Pole in Grapevine is open through Dec. 23, but tickets for the train have sold out. Some may still be found on sale on the Grapevine Facebook page. Tickets for next year go on sale in July.