Normally the Pikes Peak cog railway is a great time for you to take the kids to the top of pikes peak, get off have some lunch and then ride the train back down. It is a great way for your kids to see more of Colorado landscape without having to listen to them complain the entire way up a hike on a mountain. The Pikes Peak Cog Train has a Santa train ride in the winter. Instead of where they normally will go all the way up the mountain for the Santa train rides they go up about half way the mountain to 4-Mile siding. They have Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on board along with their group of helper elves. You will want to be sure that you dress the family warmly because they will be stopping off at 4-mile siding for an hour so that they can take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well as the elves. You will also have the opportunity to eat Christmas cookies and drink hot chocolate. On the way back down the mountain they will have a sing along with Santa and the elves to all those Christmas carols that we know and love. The trip will end at the Manitou Springs Depot, where the kids will get a small gist bag from Santa and the elves. There are two different ways that you can take the train, the train runs in November only on Saturdays and Sundays starting on November 15th. Going on November is cheaper the going on December, it is $20 a person 3 and up. If they are 2 and under they are free as long as they ride on a lap. In December the train runs at various times on Saturday and Sunday, but beginning the 20th to the 24th they will run the train everyday. Riding the train in December it is the same as November except it is $25 a person 3 and up. I have personal gone in the summer as a kid and it is a great experience to go so I definitely recommend it. For more information go to http://cograilway.com/.