The Pikes Peak Cog Railway has hired Santa and Mrs. Claus to attract passengers to its Christmas train this December, stopping with visitors for a one-hour visit halfway up the mountain at Four Mile Siding for hot chocolate, cider and cookies. Bring your cameras to take pictures with Santa. (The train will not go to the summit of Pikes Peak.)
Back in Manitou, Mrs. Claus will read Christmas poems and stories to visitors. Children will be given a small gift bag from Santa and the elves back at the train depot.
The train will depart twice a day, 10:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Each trip will be about two hours in duration. Cost is $15 per person, ages 3 and up. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. All bookings for the Christmas train must be made by calling 685-5401.