The Minivan Express!

Toot toot, All Aboard The Minivan Express!

I was so excited when I found this idea for The Minivan Express! If you know me at all, you know that I ran right into photoshop and made up some Golden Tickets for the adventure! And you also know I have them here to share with you of course!

Click on the image to download!

I plan on going online and seeing where the best Christmas lights are in our area, then planning a little map so our nights not a bust! In a week or so when no one is expecting it, I will hide the “Golden Tickets” in my kids’ beds. My husband will start bed/bathtime as usual, while I prepare little bags of popcorn and possibly hot chocolate drinks and place them in their carseats, and make sure to have Christmas music playing in the van.

When they go to climb into bed, they will find the ticket hidden under their covers, I’m hoping for lots of giggles and screams to see if everyone has a ticket!

Upon entrance to The Minivan Express, we will hole punch the ticket (you know for effect and all.) Next, we’ll travel around the city looking at all the beautiful lights. We may even stop somewhere for a fun snack on the way home. What a fun Christmas tradition to start, I can’t wait!

Since this idea was taken from The Polar Express, I thought I’d add a link for more teaching activities: The Polar Express.

Also, a reader said that Barnes & Noble is doing The Polar Express story time this friday night December 4th at 7pm at most locations, visit yours to see times, but you could put the tickets in their beds early and plan on going there and then to lights too! Thanks for sharing your ideas!


  1. I LOVE this idea! We always go out in our pjs one night and get in the van to look at lights.Angela

  2. Fantastic idea! We love driving around and looking at lights.

  3. This is so cute. Now I just need a minivan!

  4. I also love this idea and think I will use your tickets for a special night for the kids. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great idea!

  6. Ya, sorry to all of you who don't own a van, maybe you can block out the 'Minivan' part and put in your vehicle name!

  7. we do this as well! 🙂 we get in our jammies and pop a huge bowl of popcorn. we drizzle melted butter on top and then sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of the melted butter and eat away as we drive our little town oooooing and awwwwwwing! We too, listen to Christmas music and when we get home we have hot chocolate. My kids are too nervous to drink the hot stuff in a moving van…um, er…okay, mommy is too nervous! 🙂

  8. Love this idea! We don't have a mini van either but I might just have to borrow one. Thanks for sharing this. We're definitely doing it 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea!!! We will have to start this new tradition. Yesterday while we were hiking with some other homeschool families and I was getting to know a new family I shared your blog with her. I knew it would be perfect for her and her family. And I also bought my workbox units this past weekend at the Jo-Ann's doorbuster sales. Can't wait to start. I hope you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas.Wendi

  10. Oh, hot chocolate when we get home is a GREAT idea, I was sitting here trying to figure out how to do that in the van w/o ME freaking out! LOL! Thanks!

  11. Thanks for making these great ticket templates — I'll be printing a set for us!! : )

  12. Oh my goodness, what a great idea!You are amazing, thank you for the tickets and everything else you do!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! How do you all find out where the good lights are????Jenny

  14. I just did a google search for 'christmas light displays in city/state' Turns out there aren't many listed on there, but there are lots around, so we'll probably end up searching around afterwards randomly LOL!

  15. I just discovered your blog and wanted to say THANK YOU for your amazing ideas!!! THANK YOU for such INSPIRATION!!! How do you do it??!?!? I just download your Letter A worksheets and am so excited. I have a 3.5 and a 2 yr old. I really hope I am not too late in teaching them!! God Bless and may He continue to inspire and reveal many more ideas.Monica GodoyNY

  16. What a FABULOUS idea!

  17. Just wanted you to know that I've been "lurking" a while…I follow you on my google reader and I linked to your Minivan express idea! Hope that's okay!

  18. Kirby: Of course that's okay, glad you guys had fun, and I love your "Tahoe Express" tickets!

  19. This is the first year we'll have a mini van… despite my whining about turning into a soccer mom…lol! We've got to go for a Christmas light ride this year!

  20. This is the COOLEST idea I’ve seen in a very long time! I absolutely LOVE it!!! And I’m kind of bummed I have to wait until December!!! My kids will flip out and I can’t wait to see the excitement on their faces!!!

  21. Keri Brown says:

    We used this idea and your tickets tonight, with much success! Thank you for sharing — I have a feeling that this will become an annual event. 🙂

  22. I’m linking this back to my blog. Thank you for the great freebies and ideas on your website!

  23. this is an awesome idea that I can’t wait to do with my family!

  24. I’d like to take this moment to give you a big, giant virtual hug!
    I can’t wait to do this with my kids!

  25. For those of you who are afraid of hot cocoa and car in the same sentence. You can always use the paper hot cocoa cups with lids 🙂 They sell them in a pack at Smart and Final and the grocery store!

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