Trains are synonymous with the Christmas season. From greeting cards and Christmas popcorn tins to popular December films such as Polar Express, trains take on a magical feeling in the winter months more than any other time of year.

For anyone who is (or knows) a lover of trains, there's an event happening this weekend in Filer that brings the railroad together with treats, warm beverages, and photo opportunities with the jolly big man himself. The Railroad Building at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds will be alive on Saturday, December 10, with holiday vibes, coffee, chances to win train sets, and Santa Clause posing with area kids for pictures.

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We just watched Polar Express again the other night with our seven-year-old boy. It's a December tradition to see it at least once in the days leading up to Christmas. It's arguably one of the greatest holiday films ever made, and for train lovers, the film really hits a nerve in a good way. The image of a train plowing down a snowy track with smoke billowing into the sky above can be found on ornaments, snack tins, clothing, Christmas cards, and other holiday-related goods. It's impossible to not associate the railroad with Christmas.

The 2022 Free Magic Valley Railroaders Christmas Show is on Saturday at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds from noon to 4 P.M. Free cookies and coffee, along with the chance to win one of five train sets in a raffle starting at 3 P.M., are all part of the free event. Photos with Santa next to the trains will happen from 2:30 to 3 P.M.

Enjoy this magical time of year this weekend at the fairgrounds at this wonderful event. Happy Holidays!

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