Mini-Van Express Tickets


Toot toot, All Aboard The Minivan Express!

Click here to download your golden tickets!

Don’t drive a mini-van? Don’t worry, page 2 has “Christmas Express” tickets, so you can make it work for your family no matter what you’re driving, it could even be a sleigh! ;o) wink…wink…

So what are these golden tickets for?

Ready to start a Christmas tradition that the whole family will enjoy? I know you’ve all seen The Polar Express, well, this is our own version of that fun adventure! Each year we hide the “Golden Tickets” in our kids’ beds. My husband starts the bedtime routine as usual, while I prepare little bags of popcorn and hot chocolate drinks and place them in the car, oh and don’t forget to have Christmas music playing in the car too!

When the kids go to climb into bed, they will find the ticket hidden under their covers, get ready for lots of giggles and screams as they all find their tickets! The kids are then instructed to grab their slippers and head for the car.

Upon entrance to The Minivan Express, we hole punch the ticket (you know for effect and all.) Next, we travel around the city looking at all the beautiful lights. We may even stop somewhere for a fun snack on the way home. Now the kids look forward to this each year and look forward to getting “those special tickets”!

Some trip ideas for you:

  • Check online for best Christmas Lights in your area! Pack up your car with popcorn in rudolf cups, hot chocolate in coffee mugs (with a lid!), and Christmas music! Enjoy driving around your neighborhood checking out all the Christmas lights!
  • Check your local Barnes & Noble, most years they do “The Polar Express “ for story time, all the kids come in their jammies, and ours gave out little jingle bells to all the kids!
  • Ice Skating: If you have a local outdoor ice rink, check out prices and times, and go ice skating!
  • Polar Express Lapbook Printables: Since this idea was taken from The Polar Express, I thought I’d add a link for more fun activities: The Polar Express.
  • North Pole: Check online for North Pole exhibits in your area, some even have a train the kids can ride on!
  • Santa Claus: Pack the kids in the car and take a trip to see Santa at your local mall and get their pictures taken!



  • Frances Poindexter December 13, 2011 at 12:31 am

    What a great idea. You are such a fun mom! We may have to do a version of this. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jen @ lil Mop Top December 13, 2011 at 6:37 am

    How fun! I just read this book to my son yesterday for the first time. I will have to do the whole ticket thing Fri when we were going to look at Christmas lights! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heidi December 13, 2011 at 6:40 am

    That is a great idea! I love looking at Christmas light. We’ll have to remember to do this.

  • Donna December 13, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I Love the Idea of the tickets!! We were planning on taking our kiddos out next week and surprising them after they had already gotten into bed etc…. I was wondering if you’d do a version that just had “the light express” or something like that? We don’t have a minivan. 🙁 Anyway, just thought I’d ask. Thanks for all you GREAT and FUN ideas!!!

    • Erica December 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

      Hi Donna,
      The 2nd page of the download is called “The Christmas Express” for those of you without a minivan :o)

      • Donna December 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

        You’re so good! You think of everything~ 🙂 Sorry I missed page 2. 🙂

  • Island Girl December 13, 2011 at 7:01 am

    We were going to go look at lights Saturday night! Gonna use your idea for the little kids! What fun Erika! Thanks so much for doing the “work” for us! 🙂

  • Marcy December 13, 2011 at 7:02 am

    This is AWESOME!!! My children love watching Polar Express. I am going to do this super fun activity THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am beyond excited 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Andrea December 13, 2011 at 7:25 am

    We just used these last weekend to go to our Barnes and Noble for the Polar Express night. Thanks, Erica! The kids loved it!
    Andrea @

  • Debbie Stanton December 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

    that is the neatest thing i have seen all year!!! Thank goodness I follow your blog and can “borrow” your creative ideas as I would of never come up with this!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Jenn December 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Every year we enjoy driving around looking at the Christmas lights. This just upped the fun factor! Thank you!

  • Lorus December 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

    What a great idea! We always find a night or two for Christmas light looking, but how fun to make it a surprise!

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