What is the Polar Express train ride and where does it stop in the UK?

EXPERIENCE the magic of Christmas in an immersive train journey to the North Pole.

Families in the UK can hop on the Polar Express for an hour of songs, hot chocolate and festive surprises.

What is the Polar Express train ride?

Families can enjoy an immersive Christmas experience based on the popular story by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express.

The Polar Express Train Ride recreates the magical train from the 2004 Christmas film, which brings passengers all the way to the North Pole and back.

Passengers on the train get to enjoy delicious cookies and hot chocolate, while listening to the original story and singing along to the soundtrack.

The characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the homeless man and of course, the main man himself Father Christmas, will all be on board.

True to the film, the children and families on board are encouraged to wear their pyjamas for a truly immersive journey.

Children also get to write a letter to Santa, check if they were on the naughty or nice list, and receive their first gift for Christmas.

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Where does the Polar Express train stop in the UK?

In 2021, the Polar Express stops at several locations across the UK, each one serving a different part of the country.

Anyone in Oxfordshire can join Cholsey & Wallingford Railway, about an hour away from West London, to experience the magic.

Spa Valley Railway is for anyone who lives in Kent and East London.

To take part in the magical journey in the West Midlands, Churnet Valley Railway in Staffordshire is a great option.

Another one in the West Midlands is the Telford Steam Railway in Shropshire.

For anyone in the South, Seaton Tramway in Devon is the perfect location.

In the East and around Norfolk, Mid Norfolk Railway offers the best chance to jump on the Christmas train.

And in the North, passengers can hop on the Wensleydale Railway in Yorkshire.

In Scotland, volunteers at the Caledonian Railway in Brechin ensure passengers are transported all the way to the North Pole.

The Polar Express Train Ride also departs from Birmingham, although the event is cancelled during the pandemic.

It is due to resume again as normal from 2022 and tickets will soon be on sale.

How much does the Polar Express train ride cost?

Standard ticket prices begin from £24.95.

For a premium experience with more legroom, guaranteed tables and snacks, passengers can also choose the premium tickets from £39.50.

Tickets are in extremely high demand and sell out within hours, so be sure to book in advance.

All tickets for the 2021 Christmas period are sold out, but you can sign up to a mailing list and be notified when next year's tickets are released.

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