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Catching the Christmas train!

Last weekend, we saw Santa on the Christmas train on the Mornington Railway.

The Mornington Railway is run by volunteers and runs a number of Santa trains in December so it seemed like a fun activity.

It was the first time the kids had been in a train with compartments (like they do in Harry Potter!), so they loved that and were very excited at the idea of Santa coming into our compartment and speaking with just us.

Unfortunately, he didn’t actually spend much time in the compartment with us – just gave the kids a candy cane each – but at least he was there and spoke to them.
Santa on Mornington Rail train

We caught the train from Moorooduc to Mornington and back. As part of the Christmas experience, a Christmas tree was at the station with boxes of baubles that children were welcome to hang on the tree. It was blank when we first saw it but was soon covered with baubles!

child decorated Christmas tree on the train station

The kids loved watching the train from the footbridge (27.1m long, 6.5m high, originally built in 1900 and located in North Fitzroy), looking at the old station items and posting letters to Santa. The kids were interested in seeing ‘history trains’ and noted the difference (other than size!) between this train and the Lego bullet train the Lego City advent calendars produced a few days earlier.

A jumping castle beside the station was also a big hit – given we had it to ourselves, it was pretty special!

We followed the trip up with a picnic in a nearby train-themed playground, so had a lovely day.

Have you caught the Mornington train before?

Santa’s Place

Over the long weekend I got to visit Santa’s Place and it was lovely!

collage of photos fo Santa's Palce Christmas tree farm and shop

Santa’s Place is a Christmas tree farm and shop in Moorooduc, south east of Melbourne.

There are a number of rooms, each of which is full of Christmas decorations and delights. One room has a Christmas village display, too.

Santa's Place images - Christmas village, fairy, Santa in workshop

I was very excited to see a huge sleigh pulled by two boomers!

And the neighbouring room has numerous Aussie themed Christmas items. I couldn’t resist coming home with a cute platypus decoration to join my other Aussie Christmas tree ornaments.

Collage of Aussie themed decorations at Santa's Place

The playground and cafe were also enjoyed by the children I was with, so we spent a fair bit of time happily visiting Santa’s Place! The staff were friendly and appreciated my eight year old helping them restock a display!

So I daresay we will be returning…

 

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