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Polar Express Train Ride (Day Trip)

Polar Express Train Ride (Day Trip)

Join us at THE POLAR EXPRESS™ at South Devon Railway for a magical Christmas Experience unlike any other

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  • EVERYONE receives a Silver Sleigh Bell from Santa – the first gift of Christmas.

  • All our Premium Class ticket holders receive a freshly baked cookie and hot chocolate.

  • Premium Ticket holders will also receive a THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Souvenir Ceramic Mug to take home.

  • Babies under 2 travelling on a lap, only receive a Silver Sleigh Bell.


PLEASE NOTE: The total deposit is £50.00 and is subject to two payments;

  • £25 per person non refundable deposit at booking

  • £25 per person non refundable deposit due end of May

  • Balance as per our normal terms and conditions

If you choose to cancel before the second deposit payment has been made, you are liable for paying the balance difference.


The Experience

Do you believe? We do at the South Devon Railway and that is why we are proud to be hosting an exciting magical experience like no other. This Christmas, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to South Devon Railway! Here we will theatrically re-create the 2004 motion picture for you and your family. Dive into the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale.


Prepare for a truly spectacular Christmas experience, 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 Buckfastleigh.

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



As the train arrives with the chefs greeting you through the windows, the conductor invites you and the other guests to join them shouting “all aboooooard!”. The excitement on the platform is intense- with guests dressed in snuggly pajamas, you all board the train with the chefs helping you to your seats.


You leave the station and scenes from the film come to life as singing and dancing chefs arrive to serve cookies and hot chocolate. Our guests, young and old, are invited to share their stories and magical Christmas experiences with characters from the film.


Hot Chocolate & Singing Chefs

Our dancing chefs serve our famous hot chocolate and the sweetness lingers in your mouth and warms your belly. Listen as the classic Christmas tale The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is told in its entirety.


Chefs show pages from the beautifully illustrated book for the whole carriage to follow. Families are welcome to bring along their own copy and read along. A smile grows on your face as you watch your child become absorbed in the wonderment of the story.


As your journey continues towards the North Pole, be sure to keep an eye out as elements from the story spring to life. Watch and listen as another scene unfolds on-board before your eyes.


Santa at the North Pole

Upon arrival at the North Pole, keep your eyes peeled for Santa, his sleigh and his wonderful Christmas tree. As the train slows to a halt, be sure to watch the entrance of your carriage as Santa climbs on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™!


Santa and his elf appear in your midst to present everyone (0 – 110!) with their very own “First Gift of Christmas”, a silver bell from his sleigh. Thinking back to the Polar Express story, we would remind you to check your pockets for holes!


Our singing chefs lead the passengers in singing festive carols as the train returns to Buckfastleigh station. On arrival, passengers depart the train where the magic and fun continue. Don’t forget to write and post your letters to Santa and be sure to take the opportunity to colour in your favourite characters from the story. Check out the Elves’ scanner to see who’s been naughty or nice and souvenirs are available in our gift shop.


We encourage all of our guests, young and old, to wear pyjamas just as in the film. Children absolutely love it and if you can persuade our older guests, Mum, Dad, Granny and Grandpa to also join in, the atmosphere in the train comes alive for a truly magical experience!


We depart our local pick ups and make our way to South Devon Railway for some free time to explore. We arrive at the Railway station in time for our 4:15pm train ride.


  • Premium seats included for Polar Express Train Ride

  • Executive Coach Travel

  • Fun for all the family

  • Yellowdays rep on board

  • Activity packs for all children including selection box

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bargoed Bus Station Bargoed Bus Station, Station Road, Bargoed
CF81 9AL
Blackwood Bus Station Blackwood Bus Station, Stand 9, Gordon Road
Blackwood, NP12 1AA
Cardiff West Services Cardiff West Services, Coach Park, CF72 8SA
Merthyr Tydfil College Merthyr Tydfil College, Ynysfach
Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1AR
Nantgarw Nantgarw, Castle Bingo, Treforest Industrial
Estate, NP26 3YL
Newport Train Station Newport Train Station, Bus Stop, High Street
Newport, NP20 4AX
Pontypridd Train Station Pontypridd Train Station, Broadway,
Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF37 1DT
Risca Moriah Chapel Moriah Baptist Church, Tredegar Street, Risca
Newport, NP11 6BU
Sarn Services Sarn Services, Coach Park, Bridgend, CF32 9RW

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