Alaska holiday train sees families share the Christmas spirit

Published: Dec. 8, 2018 at 9:25 PM AKST
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Families sang carols, shared candy and gave their wish lists to Santa Claus while riding aboard one of the Alaska Railroad's annual holiday train trips from Anchorage to Indian Saturday.

The holiday train has run since 2002 and aims to be a little bit different every year to keep catering to repeat customers, explained Robert Russell, the Alaska Railroad's onboard services manager.

A magician performed in one car while carolers accompanied by a guitar sang in another. The main attraction, Santa Claus, moved from car to car, amazing children as he went.

Russell said the holiday train trip is incredibly popular, selling out within four hours this time around.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Nov. 30 ensured that a trip scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, would need to be rescheduled. Another trip was organized for Dec. 22 or customers could organize a refund, but the majority of customers took the later trip option, Russell said.