A decade ago, Kansas City Southern got the inspiration to create a Christmas train that would make stops in cities throughout the south. Kids and parents were glad they did.
"Did you have a great time on the train?"
The holiday express has six Christmas themed cars with scenes of reindeers and winter wonderlands. One of the cars included a special guest.
"Santa," said the kids.
"Santa was the first one to greet us so it was really exciting," said Kelly Easterwood, who toured the train.
Families began lining up over an hour before the train opened up to the public at 4 PM. By 5 PM, the line had stretched halfway around the block. For the children, it was worth the wait.
"I liked the whole thing!" "me too!"
The kids weren't the only ones who had a great time.
"It was really great and awesome because it brought back childhood memories," said Easterwood.
“I enjoyed watching my children get to see Santa and watching their faces when they got on the train," visitor Chanda Yee told NBC 10 News.
After making their way through the train, children were left with more than just happy memories. Every child was given a gift bag on the train's last car and if it wasn't for the lines, you can bet they would went through again.