Written by Jennifer Haler
December 9, 2013
One of the lake cruises put on every year downtown is the Journey to the North Pole. We have been on this on several occasions and always have a great time.
The above website will give you the cruise days, times, pricing, and allow you to purchase tickets.
You begin by lining up near the boardwalk to wait for your ship. When it is your turn you get to board, being greeted by elves who chat and check in with the children and adults. You can find a comfy spot to sit inside or venture outside along the rails or up top. It is often freezing once the boat gets moving as you get blasted by the wind but can also give some amazing views.
While riding toward the North Pole you can view the lights on the boardwalk and enjoy some treats with cocoa that can be purchased at their little stand. We have always bought something warm to drink and a special goody to eat while listening to the Christmas music.
Once you arrive at the North Pole you get to see a spectacular array of lights. All of the families rush outside to see Santa. Santa talks with the kids and then lists off every child’s name that is on the boat. The kids absolutely love to hear Santa saying their name. One year we went on my son’s birthday. Not only did Santa say Merry Christmas to him but he told him Happy Birthday. He was thrilled, thinking it was the coolest thing ever.
Too quickly it is time to leave the North Pole and journey back to CDA. This is a good time to get warmed inside finishing your cocoa or you can stay outside enjoying the lights all over again. On the return visit one year we spied The Grinch on the boardwalk yelling at the passing boat.
This is a wonderful way to add some excitement into the kids’ lives and a great way to enjoy some time together as a family. This cruise is designed with kids in mind and as a parent it is pure joy to see the excitement on their faces when Santa says their names.
I would highly recommend this trip for anyone.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.