We did the Santa train last night. It wasn't a complete fail, but not exactly a success either. They listened to a story, and then boarded the train for an hour long ride. We got to see lots of lights and deocrations, as well as many people and costumed characters waving to us. On board, the kids were served giant sugar cookies, hot chocolate, a bag of candy and yogurt pretzles, and given a small stuffed polar bear. They were visited by a costumed polar bear and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It was really nice that they spread everything out and each person took time to talk and sing to every child and take as many pictures as you wanted to take.
Hiding from Santa
With that being said, the polar bear was a hit after the first time through. Piper launched herself at him after refusing to get near him when he visited the first time. Stella was okay with him.
They both liked Mrs. Claus, I think because she passed out the stuffed bears. When Santa walked through, Stella cried when he held her, and Piper hid between the seats of the train. I managed to get this shot while she was distracted by the polar bear after the ride was over.