Christmas Choo-choo at the Zoo
The Hutchinson Zoo is offering rides on a yule-decorated train tonight as well as Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 8 PM. Adult tickets are $1.50 and kids ride for a buck.
Named "Prairie Thunder", the train replaced one of a smaller gage earlier this year.
The new cars are larger and more comfy, but be sure to bundle up as these are open cars.
Riders are taken from the zoo building, festooned for the holidays, around a long loop of track lined with lighted trees and other Holiday displays.
Christmas maven Patsy Terrell enjoyed a ride last weekend. This was somewhat symbolic and celebratory for me as the last time I rode the train with Patsy she had been diagnosed with an ovarian tumor, which thankfully turned out to be benign.
For another five dollar donation to the zoo, you can take home a picture taken with Santa, Mrs. Clause and an animal, When Ace was there, the animal was an iguana. Green iguana / red Santa...I guess that works. I've no idea what Ace asked Santa for.
There's also a lane lined with Christmas trees decorated by local non-profits.
You can vote on your favorite by dropping a coin in labeled jars.