Are You Considering Any Amazing Polar Express Train Rides This Year ?

Polar Express Train Rides are an unforgettable experience, nothing says Christmas like a cup of hot cocoa in your pyjamas, sitting with your family watching Christmas Movies, so imagine if you could do that whilst going on an actual Polar Express to meet the man himself.

With the uncertainty of Christmas events last year, and many unable to go ahead, it is apparent that everyone is trying to get organised and book special memory making activities for their children, and a ride on the Polar express is certainly one to consider, so if you are wondering what it’s all about and what to expect then read on.

Very exciting news, there will be even more Railways that are offering the Polar Express experience this year, with new destinations being added at Churnet Valley Railway in Staffordshire, Spa Valley Railway in Kent and Cholsey and Wallingford Railway in Oxfordshire.

If you do not live close to any of the Polar Express Rides, do not worry as there are lots more amazing Santa Train journeys throughout the UK for you to enjoy.

If you have yet to see the 2004 Warner Bros film Polar Express™ that would be the best place to start, you can purchase the dvd HERE.

If your children love reading stories or listening to you read to them, you can also purchase the book HERE.

Where Are Polar Express Train Rides UK in 2021?

CLICK HERE for further info on location

Polar Express Train Rides 2021, are hopefully (a couple are yet to confirm) taking place in nine destinations throughout the UK, so if you are looking for a Polar Express Train near you, check out these locations.

NEW* Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

Location : 5 Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9GQ

Polar Express Train Ride - Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

Polar Express Cholsey and Wallingford is a new addition to the Polar Express experience for 2021, following the same format as the other Railways, the telling of the story, hot chocolate and cookies, a silver sleigh bell to remember your magical journey.

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Polar Express Cholsey and Wallingford FB page

Ticket Price : From £24.95. Tickets are available to book HERE with extra dates just added!

Dates : From 27th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale : The whole experience lasts about 2 hours.

NEW* Churnet Valley Railway

Location : Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, ST10 2HA

EXTRA TICKETS NOW BEEN ADDED, BUT BE QUICK THEY FILL UP VERY FAST!

Photo Credit : Churnet Valley Railway

Polar Express Staffordshire is a new addition to the Polar Express Family, the adventure comes to life when the train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story. Children big and small are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet Santa.

Once onboard, the conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookies are served by dancing chefs.

Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip.

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Churnet Valley Railway FB Page

Ticket Price: Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various Dates from 26th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale: It is an approx one hour journey.

Mid Norfolk Railway

Location : The Railway Station, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF

Polar Express Train Ride - Mid Norfolk Railway
Photo Credit : Mid Norfolk Railway

Polar Express Norfolk creates a magical atmosphere like no other, I know because of the looks on the faces of children at school when their magical ticket arrives, and the memories of the previous year are still fresh in their minds!

as with all of the Polar express Train Rides, there will be singing, dancing, stories, hot chocolate and of course the magical silver bell to take home as a reminder of their journey.

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Mid Norfolk Railway FB Page

Ticket Price: From £26 Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various Dates from 13th November – 23rd December

Timescale: The story will be told 20 minutes before train departure, you need to arrive at the time stated on your ticket, the whole experience lasts approx 2 hours.

Seaton Tramway

Location : Seaton Tramway, Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon EX12 2NQ

Polar Express Train Ride - Seaton Tram
Photo Credit : Seaton Tramway

Seaton Polar Express takes place on a tram, instead of a steam train, but it still has the same magical atmosphere. Families will enjoy the magical tram ride to Santa’s home at the North Pole in one of the specially decorated single deck tramcars, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, a delicious treat, speak to Santa and admire the awesome lights whilst you walk around the North Pole.

All Passengers receive the first gift of Christmas from Santa himself – a Silver Sleigh Bell. Upon the return journey, you will be able to enjoy singing along to Christmas carols. For the grown-up kids too, this is a trip down memory lane to a traditional Christmas of old.

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Seaton Tramway FB Page

Ticket Price: From £27.95. Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various dates from 27th November to 24th December 2021

Timescale: A round trip takes approx 2 hours and 30 minutes.

South Devon Railway

Location : The Station, Dartbridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ

Polar Express Train Ride - South Devon Railway
Photo Credit : South Devon Railway

Polar Express Devon has the authentic sleek black steam engine. It’s even inscribed with the ‘1225’ signage to identify it as Santa’s own train. Throughout your train ride you’ll be entertained, meeting the Conductor and his crew. All the while the train steams towards the North Pole. ! Here you’ll meet Santa and one of his friendly elves. He will climb on board the train to meet you all. The Conductor will even clip your Polar Express tickets just like in the film.

As well as the train ride itself, enjoy a wonderful Christmas market before the show where you can grab some hot food. There’s also a pre-show beginning 20 minutes before your train departs to get the whole family excited for your magical adventure.

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Polar Express Devon FB Page

Ticket Price: Ticket Prices from £24.95 Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various dates from 20th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale : Your authentic steam train ride will last around an hour.

Special Announcement…

It’s competition time! If you purchase tickets to The Polar Express Train Ride at South Devon Railway between 4th September and 12th September 2021, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win your whole order refunded and paid for by us!

So don’t hesitate, book tickets today to secure your seats and be entered into the competition to win!

NEW* Spa Valley Railway

Location : West Station, Nevill Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY

Polar Express Train Ride - Spa Valley Railway

Spa Valley Railway Polar Express is another new addition to the Polar Express Train Ride experience in 2021, offering even more children the chance to experience this magical adventure. Following the same path as all of the other Polar Express journeys, you will be transported to the North Pole via train and join in with the Polar Express story for yourselves.

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Polar Express Spa Valley FB Page

Ticket Price : From £24.95. Tickets are now available CLICK HERE to Book

Dates : From 27th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale : The whole experience lasts about 2 hours.

Telford Steam Railway

Location : The Old Loco Shed, Bridge Rd, Horsehay, Telford TF4 2NF

Photo Credit : Telford Steam Railway

Telford Steam Railway Polar Express is indeed running in 2021.

​Welcome to The Polar Express™ Train Ride at Telford Steam Railway, an immersive re-creation inspired by the iconic 2004 Polar Express™ film. Embrace the spirit of Christmas on your wonder-filled trip. Why not wear your PJ’s? Most passengers do! On arrival, you will be welcomed by the friendly helpers. Explore the Polar Express™ stalls that are laden with clothing, gifts, food and souvenirs, including the beautifully illustrated Chris Van Allsburg Polar Express™ book and why not ask Santa to stamp it for you on the train?

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Telford Steam Railway FB Page

Ticket Price: Standard class from £31 each, Premium from £43 each, you can CLICK HERE to Book. All ticket prices are per seat, however, following a large number of emails regarding families wanting to ensure that they are seated together and to ensure there is as much social distancing as possible, tickets will be sold in pairs. In the carriages there are four (4) seats around each table.

Dates: 26th November – 23rd December 2021

Timescale : The whole experience lasts about 2 hours.

Wensleydale Railway

Location : Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, DL7 9AR

Polar Express Train Ride - Wensleydale Railway
Photo Credit : Polar Express Wensleydale Railway

Polar Express Yorkshire is one of the best Yorkshire Christmas experiences, surrounded by the magic and wonder of the season.

You can almost hear the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance as you take in the festive decorations at the station at Leeming Bar.

In the distance, out in the cold night, too much excitement, you hear the familiar sound of the steam train that is THE POLAR EXPRESS™!

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Polar Express Train Ride at Wensleydale FB Page

Ticket Price: Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various dates from 19th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale : Approx 2 – 2.5 hours for the whole experience. You are on the train for around an hour and can visit the shop afterwards. You are asked not to arrive at the park and ride more than 45 minutes before your booked time.

Birmingham Polar Express

Location :Birmingham Moor Street, Queensway Birmingham West Midlands B4 7UL

Polar Express Train Ride - Vintage Trains
Photo Credit : Vintage Trains

Polar Express Birmingham has the same format as all the polar express rides, with hot chocolate, silver sleigh bells, decorated carriages and a visit from Father Christmas, and of course the telling of the story.

( Currently waiting confirmation for 2021, rail events website states it will be returning, but I suspect they mean the new Staffordshire location)

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Vintage Trains FB Page

Ticket Price: TBC

Dates: TBC

Timescale : The return journey lasts around 1 hour.

So, that’s the eight Polar express Train Rides for you to choose from this year, do you have one you’d like to book for ?

FAQS

Before your journey begins, you will probably have lots of questions, most of which will be answered on the website FAQs, but here are just a few of the popular questions that we can answer.

How Do I Book Polar Express Tickets ?

Tickets must be booked in advance, you can only book them online, not in person or over the telephone, and you are not able to purchase tickets on the day. Adult tickets are for 18 and over, a child is aged 2 years to 17 years and babies under 2 years can travel for a small charge of £3 but must be held on an adult’s lap at all times when on the train. You will need to book an “adult with baby” ticket. Each baby will receive a silver bell from Santa.

Do I Have To Book Polar Express Tickets in Advance ?

You are unable to purchase Polar Express tickets on the day you wish to travel, all tickets are sold online, you cannot order in person or over the telephone, they must be purchased in advance and they will be sent to you in the post.This year it is advisable to book your tickets as soon as they become available, due to many bookings already being carried over from 2020 bookings.

What Age is Best for The Polar Express Train Rides ?

The Polar Express advertises from 0 -100 but realistically the young children will love the atmosphere and the lights, the motion may well send them to sleep! But it depends on the individual person, you know your children, after speaking with mine they have vivid memories of things that happened when they were abut 4 years old, so in terms of making memories that they will remember when they are older, this seems like the age they start to store them, and there is no upper age limit, because the joy of watching your child or grandchild cannot ever be beaten.

Which Polar express Train Ride is the Best?

All of the Polar express train rides follow the same format but they are all quite different experiences, with three new ones added to the timetable this year, it will be interesting to see how they all compare, but whichever you visit will be a magical journey for the entire family.

How much is the Polar express Train Ride?

Prices vary for each experience depending on which type of seating you choose and what date, prices tend to start off at approximately £25 per person for a standard seating and at the earliest date.

How Do I Receive my Polar Express Tickets ?

The Polar Express tickets are sent direct to your home address, two weeks before the event.

How Do I Prepare For A Polar Express Experience ?

All members of the party are encouraged to wear pyjamas, although not essential, it does add to the magic of the experience, but it will be quite cold, so make sure they’re warm PJs and make sure you wear sensible, closed in footwear, slippers wouldn’t be a good idea! If you don’t fancy pyjamas, you could always wear a Christmas jumper.

Watching The Polar Express before the train ride is not required but it will make the day a little bit more real, and you may want to take the story with you to read along with the conductor.

Don’t forget your A4 paper ticket with details of your carriage and seat numbers, and you will also need your golden tickets on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ so don’t forget those.

And don’t forget your phone or camera to capture unforgettable memories.

Polar Express Train Rides in UK

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    • the website states “Our carriages have seating arranged in 4’s around a table or in pairs. Due to the high demand for tickets, it is likely you will be sharing the fun of your Polar Express trip with another family. Parties of over 4 will be seated as near to each other as possible, priority given to earliest booking.” hope that helps

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  1. Are you ever going to have a polar express experience in south wales, i would love to take the kids but all the area’s are too far away

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    • I agree, they definitely need to offer one somewhere in Wales and Scotland too, hopefully the fact they have added new ones this year, its very popular, so maybe they will look to expand x

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