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Experience THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 2024 Train Ride this Christmas at the Churnet Valley Railway

Churnet Valley Railway is proud to be bringing the joy and spirit of Christmas to all the good boys and girls again this year. We’re hard at work making sure that this year will be every bit as thrilling as before, and that all our guests on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride leave with a renewed love of the festive season.

Your journey begins at Froghall Station on the Churnet Valley Railway in Staffordshire, where we invite you to hop on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride which takes you on a magical journey to the North Pole.

Do you Believe? Well, if you don't, by the end of your journey, you absolutely will! Join our enthusiastic cast in telling the story whilst singing along with your favourite characters from the hit film.

All our passengers are encouraged to join in the fun by attending in your PJ’s, but don’t forget your dressing gown in case it's cold at the North Pole!

Once you have boarded THE POLAR EXPRESS™ the adventure begins when you are served Hot Chocolate and a Cookie at your seat by the singing Chefs. Make sure you have your tickets ready as the Conductor will need to see them. Once he is finished punching tickets, he will be back to show off his impressive dance moves.

And believers, we have a secret on this train… The Hobo is travelling with you! He’ll show you his meaning of Christmas and the word Believe, and you’ll most likely end up making a new friend by the end of the journey. Just don’t slip now...

Travelling through the Northern Lights is arguably one of the most spectacular parts of our journey and the icing on the cake before you arrive at the North Pole.

Santa will be waiting patiently for the arrival of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ where he will meet all believers ready to hand out the first present of Christmas – a beautiful silver bell from his sleigh.

If you purchased The Polar Express book at the time of booking, Santa might sign his autograph for you if you ask him nicely.

When the train returns to Froghall, why not take the opportunity to write a letter to Santa? You can never be too sure about being on the nice list!

The journey on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 2024 Train Ride lasts around 1 hour. We recommend you allow 1.5 hours for the whole experience.