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RECOMMENDATION | A magical trip on The Train To Christmas Town

5th December 2016

A trip to the North Pole on The Train To Christmas Town

There’s a lot of really rubbish Santas around this year folks. Few manage to really pull off the magic of Christmas for those who struggle ‘to believe’ (mainly those over the age of 10) like Weardale Railway’s The Train To Christmas Town Experience – just north of the Yorkshire boarder.

The Train To Christmas Town is a wonderful and very authentic attempt at bringing everyone’s favorite Christmas film – The Polar Express – to life in Northern England.

(To note, the train also departs from a station in Dartmoor for all you Southerners).

OK it’s not in Yorkshire – but neither is the North Pole, and at this time of year every has to visit the North Pole right?

We arrived at Weardale Railway Station, situated in the middle of a housing estate in the village of Weardale in Bishop Auckland in the North of England to find quite literally hundreds of folk of all ages dressed in their PJs, onesies and dressing gowns – a very odd sight and worth the two hour journey just for this!

Naturally, my husband and I were a little nervous at the thought of going outside in public in our dressing gowns for fear of people thinking we may have escaped from a local home, but we had no need to worry….



We followed the pajama-clad crowds and joined the very long queue to pick up our golden tickets from the ticket office. Only on the Polar Express would a crowd this big (we are talking 300 people plus) be able to collect tickets in such record time. The magic reindeer dust obviously sped the ticket desk up because in no time at all we had our tickets in hand and were boarding the Train to Christmas Town – AKA – The Polar Express.


Polar Express

Polar Express



I can only imagine what the recruitment section of the Weardale Weekly local rag is like around November every year. I expect it reads like this:


Seasonal Job Vacancies

WANTED – 12 x 6.2 men in their 50s who resemble Tom Hanks. Must have short moustache and glasses. Willing to work every day over the Christmas period.



Everyone was greeted at the door of one of the twelve carriages by a Polar Express conductor and ushered to their seats.  Again the magic reindeer dust must have been sprinkled because in no time at all, all 300 plus guests were seated and ready to go.

No sooner had the train pulled out of the station the dancing started and the soundtracks to the famous film were belting out. How the hell they managed to do such justice to the moves in a two foot gap of an aisle I’ll never know. But they did it with gusto, and all the adults dressed rather ridiculously in some very interesting choices of nightwear cheered and sang along whilst our broods looked on in awe.


Polar Express


Next they were serving us hot chocolate and cookies all whilst telling us to keep a watch out of the window as we were approaching the North Pole. And sure enough, through the windows to the left of our carriage, there it was in its full glory, the North Pole with Santa on the most incredible sleigh complete with reindeer and helpers who where waving at us as we chugged along.



Apparently we were suppose to stop at the North Pole but we didn’t. The conductor then announced that someone in the carriage didn’t ‘believe’. Some poor chap in his Rudolph onesie was then pointed out to be the non-believer and was made to declare rather loudly he now believed. Much to his embarrassment.



With a carriage full of believers The Train To Christmas Town came to a halt and back we went the other way. This time we stopped at the North Pole to allow Santa and his elves to board. Again, the magic reindeer dust was doing its job as Santa made his way through 12 carriages in about 20 minutes! Not sure where the conductor disappeared to though?



Well of course you can only imagine the looks of the faces of the children as they were all given their very own bell by Santa. Meanwhile me and the rest of the mums are all uncontrollably blubbering at our little angels who really do believe this is all for real!

Absolutely awesome and well worth the journey folks.

It’s not every day that I’m allowed to go out in my PJs – and after that I BELIEVE!



Book your ticket on The Train To Christmas Town – click HERE

The cost for a family of four is £84 in standard class.


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  1. Michael diaz

    How do i get a ticket

  2. Brian O'Shaughnessy

    For your information. The Polar Express Runs from Stanhope not Weardale. Kind regards. Brian (Stanhope resident)

  3. Sam

    Hi, what time we’re you on, we’re on at 11.30am is this too early to be in pjs? Xx

    • Lyndsey Thomas

      Hi There Sam – we were on at 3pm. You absolutely have to wear your PJs – everyone does. Honestly it’s fantastic. You’ll love it – well done for getting tickets. Enjoy and BELIEVE!

  4. Lisa

    Where is Polar Express located?

    • Lyndsey Thomas

      Hi Lisa – it’s in a place called Bishop Auckland in the North of England, UK.

  5. Nadia Delacruz

    Hi I was wonder where this is at I would love to take my kids there this months and do we have to purchase ticket before or can we do it there I also have a baby 8months and it’s 5 of us all together will be able to sit together plz feel free to contact me thank u so much and we can’t wait

    • Lyndsey Thomas

      Hi Nadia, thanks for your message. I would advise that you no online or call them and pre-book. I wouldn’t advise that you turn up as it’s very popular – even more so now! There is a link at the bottom of my blog. Click on the word HERE and it will take you onto the official website. Good luck getting tickets. It’s a great experience for all.

      • Patricia Fuller

        Were are this place at ? And how much is the tickets.

  6. Adrienne

    I have 10 childern that would love to come how do i get a ticket

    • Lyndsey Thomas

      Hi there Adrienne – there is a link to the Polar Express in my blog you need to book online or call the number. Good luck, it’s well worth it!

  7. tracey stone

    how much is it for adauld x for children please x

    • Lyndsey Thomas

      £84 for a family of 2 children and 2 adults for standard tickets. Enjoy!

  8. Mel lancaster

    Hi can you visit the polar express without kids as my son is 19 yrs old now The polar express is my all time favourite christmas film.

  9. Tina

    That man in the cap should be told to take his shoes off the table!!! He will now be on Santa’s naughty list.

  10. Nayara

    Do you guys have this in the USA

  11. Victoria Medlin

    I want to take my son on this trip i think he will love it but don’t have no money so I wish a Christmas miracle Would happened

  12. Kristina

    Hello I would like to know how I can order tickets. I didn’t see the link to where I can go and order.
    Thank you very much

  13. Tim

    Can adults come without kids & what’s the price for just two?

    • Lyndsey Thomas

      Hi yes absolutely! There were plenty of people child-free. It was £84 for a family of 4. (2 adults and 2 children).

  14. Rob drew

    Hi how do i get tickets for this and more information on this aswell please thanks



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