I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, are going on the Christmas train. We love trains and we love Christmas and we love Georgetown.
A perfect time for us. Arriving early, while still daylight, we find the path to the warming hut and our train.
But first we see Jeremy roasting chestnuts.
Of course we try some. Very nice. Our first time eating roasted chestnuts. Jeff shows us some knives he recently made. He is a blacksmith and also carves the handles for his knives.
Some of the handles are bone, some are antlers or animal horns. All the knives he makes are one of a kind and personally crafted by Jeff. Heading to the train station, we love these guys in the canoe.
They are floating on the partially frozen Clear Creek. This creek also winds through downtown Denver. Looking the other direction on Clear Creek, we see the train crossing Devil’s Gate High Bridge.
The train will cross Clear Creek 4 times on this loop ride. This narrow gauge train was completed in 1884 to connect the two mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume. Now it is primarily a tourist train. It is rather chilly here in the mountains, so we head to the warming hut. Inside we admire the decorations.
Our train has not arrived yet, but this one is here. Freight cars decorated for the Christmas season.
There are lights everywhere. Inside our train, there are more lights.
It is dark outside now, and we pass so many displays of lights. Some lighting displays are synchronized with music. Since this is a Christmas train, Santa is here.
We ducks tell Santa what we want for Christmas. Maybe we will get it? Maybe not? But, we love Santa and we love this train ride. The towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume are only 2 miles (3.2 km) apart, but climbing the mountain, we ride 4.5 miles (7.2 km) on this train. Returning to the Georgetown train station, we enjoy hot chocolate and sugar cookies from Steph.
Looking back, we love the lights leading to the train. If you visit Colorado this month, we hope you ride the Georgetown Christmas train. We think you will love it as much as we did.