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Holiday Train Ride for the Entire Family

The Magical Christmas Journey train starts and ends at the Verde Canyon Railway depot in Clarksdale, Arizona (near Cottonwood), and is an hour in length.

The Magical Christmas Journey is a holiday event involving a train ride, and a storyline about animals and a journey to the North Pole!

On board you’ll see light displays (including shops at the North Pole), animals characters, and Santa himself! The train also had open air cars which were decorated with lights.

At the depot, there is an adorable Christmas village to tour, complete with a Christmas tree. There was also a real bald eagle and Princess Noelle to meet (which are in the Magical Christmas Journey story book). A VIP kids add-on gives a cookie set to decorate, a copy of the book, a mini bald eagle stuffy, and an activity book. Hot chocolate and other snacks are available for purchase in the gift shop.

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  • Jana Tingom

    Jana is a homeschooling mother of three children, and lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Chris. She enjoys traveling, reading and coffee. Follow @phoenixwithkids on Instagram for daily photos around Phoenix!

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