Santa's Sleigh

Our 20 Passenger sleigh is the largest known operating sleigh in the world! We have even notified Guinness World Records to come by and confirm it for themselves. As an added bonus, a real-life Santa is offered by appointment when you book the 20-passenger sleigh.

Our Santa Sleigh is now available for booking at the Flower Mound at Lakeside location for the Christmas and Holiday season beginning December 1st. Click here to reserve your spot today with our fast and convenient online booking system!

Last season, our sleigh was featured in the Coppell Gazette. Read the article for yourself and discover how much fun riding this amazing sleigh can be!

Pleasures Past Carriages offers tours on large Santa Sleigh

By Dan Eakin,

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 2:51 PM CST

It's not dashing through the snow. And it's not a one horse sleigh. But it might be something even better.

Instead of dashing through the snow, the sleigh takes people on a tour of Christmas lights on some of the finer homes in Flower Mound at Lakeside.

And it has to be a two-horse sleigh instead of a one-horse sleigh, because the Santa sleigh may be the largest and heaviest of its kind in the world.

It easily holds 20 people, and maybe even a few more if several of them are small.

Dale Smart, who built the sleigh and owns it, is trying to get Guinness World Records to verify that it is in fact the largest such sleigh of its kind anywhere.

Whether or not, it is sure to offer a lot of fun to anyone who rides it. It was taken on a test run Monday night, creating a lot of attention as it wove through the some of the neighborhoods of some of the prestigious homes in Flower Mound at Lakeside.

People of all ages were on the sleigh, including a small baby, children, teenagers, young adults and a 77-year-old woman. There were smiles and cheers all the way, with Santa yelling the proverbial “Ho! Ho! Ho!” and the riders yelling it right back at him.

The riders “oohed and awed” at the beautiful homes which were equally lighted and decorated beautifully for the season. Christmas music played over the speakers which had been placed in the sleigh.

Dale Smart, who has operated carriages of various kinds and sizes in Highland Park and other places for the past 15 years, got the idea for the large sleigh a couple of years ago. He wanted to build it large enough to be handicap ready, partly so his mother, Maxine Smart, could ride on it. He made the area between the two back seats which face each other wide enough that wheelchairs could sit in it if necessary. An aluminum ramp is also provided.

Once on board, the handicapped person may choose to stay in the wheelchair which would be secured with straps, or get into one of the seats on the sleigh.

Smart, who has a full time job, said he operates the sleigh and other carriage services for added income, and really mostly for fun.

In Flower Mound at Lakesidel, the sleigh rides are being operated by the Smart family and friends. Also, Santa Claus bore a great resemblance to Dale Smart's brother, Dwain Smart.

The Smarts are offering the sleigh tours to groups through Dec. 30, with the exception of Christmas Day.

Pleasures Past Carriages also offers 12 and 16 passenger wagonetts and classic four and six passenger vis-à-vis for Flower Mound at Lakeside Christmas lights tours.

Tours may be booked on line at For information, call 214-682-0727.

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