Our visit aboard the Santa Train in Uxbridge, ON.
About an hour's drive north of Toronto is the sweet town of Uxbridge, where we were invited to board the Santa Train. The train is the most wonderful fully volunteer-run ride along the York Durham heritage rail line and once aboard, we got to meet with Santa (the guest of honour), sang Christmas carols, got balloon bunnies, and searched for Santa's reindeers grazing in the countryside.
Following the train ride we shop-hopped along the downtown for the Santa Passport excursion. We visited the participating shops, with our map in tow, and collected surprise goodies from each shop. The shops were Eat it Forward, Presents Presents, The Blue Heron Book Store, The Tin Cup, and Savon du Bois and were chock-full of fun gift ideas.
We ended our day with lunch at Urban Pantry, a tucked-away gem that serves delicious locally-sourced ingredients. I devoured the short rib sandwich and the kids had burgers with fries. Somehow everything just tasted a lot better in Uxbridge. With our bellies full the kids had had enough. We missed out on the Fantasy of Lights - an amazing display of lights in a 140-acre park where the displays were made by local businesses. Inside the park Tim Horton's was giving away free hot chocolate.
I've added some pics of our day. And highly recommend checking it out. It's a fun day out for the kiddos for sure!