Sharing The North Pole Experience, Flagstaff Arizona from our trip last week!
The North Pole Experience, Flagstaff Arizona has been on my list to do for quite a few years. So glad I finally prepared early enough to get my family tickets. It’s one of those events where you need to know what dates you can go in advance because tickets sell out pretty quick. I got our tickets in September this year for December 23rd tickets.
Your bus departs from the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff. I highly recommend staying overnight if you can. The Hotel is adorable, they decorate with tens of thousands of lights for Christmas and have Breakfast With Santa that we scheduled on our way out the next morning. It was really great. I’ll talk more about the hotel at the end.
All of the guests meet inside the Little America Hotel to line up for the busses 15 minutes before their designated time.
It appears that the North Pole busses are new. I believe it used to be a trolley that took you to the “North Pole.”
They reminded me of the Walt Disney World Magical Express busses. There are TV Monitors throughout where you watch a little video that takes you through a portal to the North Pole with one of Santa’s Elves chatting with the group. The kids loved it. My 4 year old was on my lap, my older two boys were great sports. I would definitely say this experience is geared for ages 8 and under however my older boys agreed they still had a great time especially watching their younger brother enjoy the magic of the experience.
The Elves that guide you through each room are completely in character and entertain the kids perfectly.
Pax enjoying the fun toys in one of the first rooms we were invited in to.
The kids got to help dress teddy bears in this adorable room.
The kids got to choose their outfit for the bear and these bears go to children in need.
This was one of my favorite rooms. How gorgeous is this tree? This is where the kids helped make teddy bears with the elves.
The decorations are really beautiful. The Christmas details were some of my favorite things throughout the entire experience.
One of our favorite rooms was the hot cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Clause and her elves. They sang and danced with the kids while they enjoyed their treats.
This is where the Elves had our hot chocolate and cookies.
Cute decorations in Mrs. Clause’s room.
More pretty details of the rooms. I’d say we would switch rooms about every 10 minutes with our group. About 8 room changes with each room just as beautifully decorated as the next.
The kids got to learn some fun songs with the Elves in Elf school. Pax loved this.
This was taken in the room where the kids got to write a letter to Santa then hand it to him when we met him at the end of the visit.
The kids getting ready to write their letters.
Beautifully decorated Christmas Trees everywhere you looked.
Pax was first to run to Santa at the end of the visit. Santa was awesome.
Family shot 🙂 Santa hands each child a teddy bear to take home with a North Pole Experience t-shirt on. Pax still holds that teddy bear throughout the day.
If you are ever planning on visiting Flagstaff during Christmas I highly recommend The North Pole Experience with your family. Our experience started at 4:10pm and we were back at the hotel right before 5:30pm. From the Phoenix area, it’s only a 2 1/2 hour drive which is nice if you don’t want to spend the night at the hotel. You could easily drive back home if needed.
For our family of 5, tickets were just under $300 to give you an idea of what to plan on. To stay at the hotel, rooms start close to $300 per night. If you plan in advance, it’s really fun to stay and enjoy the festive hotel.
Breakfast With Santa is a beautiful buffet breakfast set up in one of the ballrooms at the hotel. For our family of 5, Breakfast With Santa reservations were about $115. We loved it. Santa is available for pictures and even walks around to each table to say hello.
Our favorite is always the made to order omelet bar 🙂
Lots of ingredients to choose from to make your omelet.
They had a “make your own” waffle bar as well. They were delicious!
Pax visited Santa again telling him he wanted 5 toy quads for Christmas, lol!
Still chatting about it, ha!
Love this one.
Love the memories we make these few days with the boys.
Review: Plan your trip at least 2-3 months in advance. I enjoyed budgeting a night at the hotel along with the Santa Breakfast to make a few more special memories. A really fun event for the whole family. Although geared for young children, my older boys still had a great time.
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Sharing The Best Girl’s Weekend in Chicago with you today!
Weekend in Chicago? Yes please!
Had the best time in Chicago a few weeks ago with two of my besties. Can’t wait to share a little bit of our trip with you! The food, the shopping, scoring Hamilton tickets….what a fantastic few days I’ll never forget.
Spent my time in Chicago with Shelly and Amanda. Love these girls to pieces. Shelly had to work part of the time, but we made the best of our time for sure! It was freezing and so fun! Chicago is such a great city to visit. I enjoy it pretty darn close to as much as I enjoy NYC. So many great things to do. The detail of the old buildings downtown are so beautiful.
Took a late flight out of Phoenix and made my way to Chicago! Was going from 80 degrees F. in Phoenix to about 25 degrees F. in Chicago, crazy!! When I landed in Chicago, Amanda and Shelly told me they found us tickets to see Hamilton. We were dying!!
Still can’t believe we got to see the show. Had to take a picture out front!
Right before they opened the doors to get to our seats! What a night!
The show could not have been more fun and entertaining. Loved it so much. We listen to the soundtrack on repeat most days. My boys are fans now too 🙂 Already trying to figure out when I can see it again! Saw that the show is going on tour in 2017, so excited!
….and we got matching show shirts, lol!
We found the best food in the city. Be sure to see my post HERE for my Favorite Places To Eat in Chicago.
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Sharing my Favorite Places To Eat In Chicago with you today from my last couple trips to Chicago!! Love this city so much.
Public House literally knocked our socks off. These cake milkshakes were about the cutest things ever. Had to try one of each. All amazing. Don’t miss this place!
Nov 21, 2016
Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort During Christmas!
We LOVE visiting Disneyland Resort during Christmas. Just spent a few magical days there for my birthday and anniversary weekend…without the kids, lol! I love taking the kids, but I also love visiting with just my husband, total Disneyland nerd over here! This is truly one of the BEST times of the year to visit. If you’ve got a trip planned between now and January 8th, let me show you our favorites!
Oct 21, 2016 | Tags: california, carlsbad, family vacation, travel
Sharing our Weekend in Carlsbad California with you today! What a gorgeous place to vacation.
We had the pleasure of staying at Cape Rey Carlsbad Hilton last weekend for the end of our Fall Break vacation. I have to say we had such a lovely stay. The location, views, friendly staff, room….you name it, it was all such a treat.
We had just come from 3 days at Disneyland for our Fall Break annual vacation. It was a breath of fresh air staying right across from the beach at Cape Rey.
Sep 26, 2016 | Tags: blogger event, blogger trip, orlando, sponsored, travel, walt disney world
Thrilled to share my Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip with you today!
It’s no secret that Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are two of my very favorite places to vacation to. I was over the moon excited to have a Food Blogger #DeliciousDisney adventure at the Walt Disney World Resort this month. Disney is just one of those magical places, no matter how old you are, you can have the time of your life. I felt so fortunate to spend the weekend with 7 of my food blogging sisters. We stayed at the lovely Boardwalk Inn, just walking distance away from Epcot. We had a whirlwind of a weekend that I can’t wait to share with you. Huge thanks to American Tourister for our new luggage. Love my Tangerine iLite Max!
Thrilled to share the fun I had on my Las Vegas Girl’s Weekend!
Amanda, Shelly and I got to stay at the lovely Delano Hotel above Mandalay Bay. There’s no casino or smoky lobby. It’s amazing for those who aren’t big gamblers and have a hard time dealing with smoky hotels. So nice! The rooms were spacious, clean and the bed was soft and cozy. Will definitely stay at Delano again. Be sure to check them out!
Our first morning, we ventured off of the strip to breakfast at Skinnyfats. They have a …
Jun 17, 2016 | Tags: arizona, restaurants, travel
Sharing the Best Places To Eat in Arizona with you today! So many favorites, so hold on tight and get ready to make your list of places to try!
Just recently found this breakfast spot a few weeks ago, it’s called Butters Pancakes and Cafe located in Scottsdale. I’m telling you, some of the best pancakes I’ve had. This particular one is the Wildberry Pancake stack and it has a vanilla cream layered between the cakes. One of my favorite pancakes to date. Can’t wait to go back.