Englewood's Belleview Park underwent a holiday makeover over the weekend as the Englewood Farm and Train at the park became a winter wonderland. The miniature train that has been part of Englewood …
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Englewood's Belleview Park underwent a holiday makeover over the weekend as the Englewood Farm and Train at the park became a winter wonderland. The miniature train that has been part of Englewood for decades was decked out in holiday lights, and the barn was ready for Santa to meet with children as he stepped off the train to a line full of residents waiting for him.
Englewood's Holiday Express was back for the third straight year as the Englewood Farm and Train became the North Pole. The event was family friendly and took place on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. It will be back again this week on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, but both nights are sold out.
Residents could ride the train, roast s'mores, do arts and crafts and have their children visit Santa.
“It's kind of that one stop for all of the Christmas, holiday stuff, instead of having to go to one place for lights and another place for train rides. You do it all here and do it all together and have a blast doing it,” said Lindsay Peterson, open space activities supervisor for the City of Englewood.
The train operates from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and each year, the train has around 60,000 people board it.
“It's really cool that the city organizes it. It's a really sweet atmosphere, and our boy is in love with trains,” said Englewood resident Levi Jacobs, who has a 2-year-old son. “Having a train option in the winter is pretty cool, because we rode it a ton in the summer.”
Previously, Englewood did a breakfast with Santa event at the Malley Recreation Center, but it decided to create the Holiday Express event to provide something new and exciting and to utilize the train, Peterson said.
“We were excited to see Santa, to ride the train and the s'mores are a bonus. It's to get into the holiday spirit,” said Centennial citizen Brittany Norris. She brought her 18-month-old twins to the event.
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