It was a cold night full of magic and whimsy as families set off by trolley and bus for their “Polar Express” adventure organized by MCRD Parris Island Marine Corps Family Team Building.
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There was hot chocolate and cookies for all as each family excitedly waited to present their golden ticket for a charming ride on the Parris Island Polar Express.
The Parris Island battalions came out in force to create various worlds for the children to enjoy. The competition for best presentation was fierce to win the prize for 1st ($600), 2nd ($300), and 3rd ($150). The first place winner was 4th Battalion, with their elf recruit training. Mrs. Clause ran the show with Mr. Narwhal and Gunny Clause looking on with pride, it was certainly unforgettable. Second place was awarded to 3rd Battalion for their stunning display of Grinchville, and the many faces and places of Mr. Grinch. 1st battalion won third place, with a lovely display of home, hearth, and holiday season complete with the bagpipes playing Christmas carols that warmed the heart and made you want to draw your loved ones near.
It was truly an enchanted night, as each family ended their ride with a visit to Santa and Mrs. Clause. There were crafts, goodies, and a bell to remind them to believe in the magic of Christmas.
Photos by: Sarhi Wiggins | Story by: Sarhi Wiggins and Nevaeh Wiggins