Everyone has a family tradition that they look forward to.

Whether it's opening presents on Christmas Eve or eating as many holiday cookies as possible in one sitting, there is always something that you look forward to each year during the holidays. This year, why not put a twist on some of the old traditions or even make new traditions this year with these family events!

Who hasn’t read the book The North Pole Express when they were a kid? It’s a tradition in my family to read it every year, and even though my cousins and I are all grown adults, we never tire of hearing the story. Make your own family memories and hear the story again, but this year, put a little twist in it! This year, take a train ride through the wintry countryside to visit Santa. You and the family can spend the day on the North Pole Express at the Arcade and Attica Railroad. Bring along with you letters for Santa Clause even! The best part about all of this you can wear your pajamas on this ride! What?? Yes! Pull on the footie pajamas you have, and head out for the best train ride ever. Reservations are required, and they do go fast, so make sure you don’t miss out on the fun and make a reservation today! Check out their website www.arcadeandatticarr.com. The railroad has trains running Saturdays and Sundays at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Another amazing family tradition in our household is to read the story ‘twas the night before Christmas. This is another story that we totally know the ending, but who cares! We all snuggle up together with blankets and cookies and read the story. This year, watch as the beloved Christmas story comes to life on stage at the Lancaster Opera House. Join Izzy the mouse, Josie the Christmas reindeer, all of her friends, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, for a live stage performance. The audience will even get the chance to join in and help conquer the Abominable Snowman, play reindeer games, dance, sing, giggle and yell to help Izzy and Rosie save Christmas. Check out next weekend ‘twas the night before Christmas at the Lancaster Opera House. The show runs Friday, December 20 to Sunday, December 22. Get ticket information and show times at the Lancaster Opera House website: www.lancopera.org!

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