By Summer Thornsberry
The sales are crazy, decorations are out and you’ve begun to hear Christmas music playing at the grocery store; this could only mean one thing, Christmas is almost here.
Although it’s bound to be a busy holiday season, don’t let the chaos make you forget the true meaning of coming together with family and being thankful for all you have. If you and your family need a dose of holiday cheer, bundle up and all aboard the Downtown Polar Express.
Ideal for children of all ages, the annual Polar Express in downtown Hopkinsville is truly a winter wonderland brought to life. Starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, East Ninth Street will be transformed based off the famous Christmas film, “Polar Express.” There will be Christmas lights, music, trains, elves and more.
The event will also have carriage rides, crafts, a special tour around the train museum, train rides, stories and concessions.
Deshona Washington, Hopkinsville, took her 3-year-old daughter, Jordan Washington, to the Downtown Polar Express last year, and the two are excited to go again this year.
Originally from California, Washington said it was a very welcoming experience.
“We didn’t have things like that in California, and it was very comforting to know Hoptown considers the importance of family,” the mother said. “My daughter loved it and can’t wait to go back.”
Washington’s daughter, Jordan, enjoyed taking carriage rides while drinking hot chocolate, making crafts and listening to Santa Claus read her favorite story.
Jessica Bliss, Cadiz, said she would recommend the event to anyone after taking her 7-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter last year.
“It was very festive and kept the Christmas spirit alive and well,” Bliss said. “My son had a blast. He loved the train displays and the tour around the train museum. Santa also read him Polar Express; he couldn’t stop smiling.”
The Downtown Polar Express is free and open to all ages. After spending the day hearing your favorite Christmas stories, take a short stroll to the huge Christmas tree in Founders Square. The annual tree lighting ceremony will happen at 6:30 p.m.
Gather around, hug your loved ones and be thankful for the season. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year.
By Summer Thornsberry