While many in the world are eagerly awaiting Christmas Eve’s visit from Santa, families in Muskoka only have a couple more sleeps to go.
But this time Santa won’t have his eight tiny reindeer (nine if you count Rudolph) with him. Rather he’ll be awaiting the hundreds of children and their families at the end of the line for the annual Portage Flyer Christmas train ride to Santa event.
Taking place on Saturday, Dec. 17 and organized by Muskoka Heritage Place, catch the Portage Flyer at the train station near the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville. Just follow the signs reading “Portage Flyer Christmas Train Ride” located on Brunel Road.
The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the last train leaving the station at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 (tax included) per person regardless of age.
The Portage Flyer travels 1 km along the Muskoka River to the train station at Fairy Lake where those riding can get off, have a visit with Santa and catch the next train back.
It’s a wonderful night where many families gather to join in the fun with one another to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and an open air train ride.
However, it’s not just for kids, as over the years many couples and individuals also have found great enjoyment in celebrating the Christmas spirit with a train ride to Santa.
With the Portage Flyer decked out in fine fashion sporting thousands of Christmas lights, it’s a magical sight to behold.
In fact, Muskoka Heritage Place manager Ron Gostlin and his team coined the phrase “supermagicated” to describe the evening many years ago.
Whether one believes in magic or not, the Portage Flyer Christmas event is an evening of great fun and festivity for individuals of all ages.
Photographs: Two courtesy of the Town of Huntsville