• What should I wear for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride?

    We encourage our guests, young and young at heart to wear pyjamas just as in the book with a dressing gown for good measure also. Immerse youirself in THE POLAR EXPRESS™
    Train Ride, children love it and why not Mums, Dads, Granny and Grandpa too? The atmosphere in the train comes alive for a truly magical experience!

    For the safety of our guests we ask that they wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and not slippers, open toed shoes, flip-flops etc. The British winter weather is not kind to fluffy slippers.

  • Tickets and Prices

    How can I buy tickets?

    All tickets are sold online. You cannot order tickets via phone or in person at the railway. We accept all major credit and debit cards as payment and we use Stripe as our payment processor.

    How much do tickets cost and what dates and times are available? Our full range of times, dates, and their prices can be found by clicking Book Now at the top of this page.




  • Where does THE POLAR EXPRESS™ depart from?

    THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride will depart from Leeming Bar station at the Wensleydale Railway however as there is no parking available at the station we operate a park and ride facility.

    Park and Ride

    Please arrive at Leeming Bar Services post code: DL8 1DT between 15-30min before your experience time.

    Arriving on Foot

    You may arrive on foot at the station postcode is DL7 9AR.

  • Seating Arrangements

    Our carriages have seating arranged in 4’s around a table or in pairs. When booking you will be given the option to choose your own seating arrangements. We reserve the right to change carriage configuration and your seating arrangements at any time and without notice.

    Please note all of our carriages are from heritage stock therefore they may differ in style, age and seating including wear and tear.

  • When will I receive my tickets?

    Your E-tickets will be sent out to you two weeks before you’re due to visit us.

    If you have selected to receive your Golden Tickets via post, available during checkout, these should arrive with you 1 week before your event. In the unfortunate event that they don’t arrive you will be able to collect them from Customer Services on the day.

  • How long does the experience last?

    We ask guests to arrive at the check-in time shown on your e-ticket  at the park and ride this gives us enough time to shuttle you to site and for you to grab a bite to eat if you wish.

    You are on board the train for approximately 1 hour.

    Once your experience is over you can spend as much time in our gift shop as you wish but we tend to find guests spend around 15min – 30min here before you head back on the shuttle to the car park.

    Therefore we find guests are with us around 1:30-2 hours.

  • Park and Ride Service

    We will be running an optional park and ride service for the event from Leeming Bar service area – DL8 1DT. This is available for all guests including disabled guests. The buses are accessible.

    There will be a charge per vehicle for all guests including disabled guests. This also includes tickets for all car passengers to ride the bus service to and from the event.


    Guests with disabilities

    Please be aware that whilst we are able to provide a wider space for our disabled guests, the terrain is still uneven and there is a short walk with curbs from the car park to the accessible bus. We do allow disabled guests to be dropped off at the station however your vehicle would not be able to park here for the length of the experience.

    It’s Winter!

    Remember, it’s winter!

    As the event takes place in November and December please do prepare for wintry road conditions. Remember this is England and the weather can vary dramatically. PNP Events and Wensleydale Railway are not liable for any road closures or delays. No refunds are given if we run the experience but you miss it due to weather conditions or any other reason beyond our control.

  • Protect Your Tickets

    Ticket Protection allows you to re-coup 100% of the paid ticket price if you are unable to make it to your event for any number of covered reasons, including illness, travel delay, adverse weather conditions and more.

    Full details of the Ticket Protection coverage can be found here: Please ensure the policy meets your needs before purchase.

    Ticket Protection is provided by a third party company Secure My Booking and their Terms and Conditions are final. The Ticket Protection is non-refundable in any circumstance.

    Ticket Protection can only be purchased when making a booking. It cannot be added retrospectively.

  • Allergy/Dietary Information

    We will offer an alternative hot chocolate and snack free from many allergens, but unfortunately we may not be able to accommodate all possible allergies or dietary requirements. Please see below and if unsure please speak to a chef onboard.

    You are welcome to bring an alternative with you for members of your party who have allergies if you prefer.

    Nestle Alegria hot chocolate:
    Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder (13.9%), Glucose Syrup, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (10.4%), Coconut Oil, Thickener (E415), Flavouring, Anti-Caking Agent (E551), Acidity Regulator (E340), Stabilisers (E331, E452), Salt [Sodium Chloride, Anti-Caking Agent (E535)].
    For allergens: see ingredients in bold.
    Options Vegan Hot Chocolate:
    Fat reduced cocoa powder 23%, glucose syrup, maltodextrin, Belgian Chocolate 10% (sugar, cocoa mass, fat-reduced cocoa powder, flavouring), sugar, fully hydrogenated coconut oil, gluten-free oat flour, refined coconut oil, thickener (guar gum), salt, emulsifiers (E322, E47), modified starch, hydrolysed pea protein, sweetener (aspartame), stabilisers (E340, E340(i)), anti-caking agents (E551, E341 (ii)), flavouring (vanillin), colour (E160a).
    Gluten free. Contains a source of phenylalanine
    Vegan/Gluten/Nut free biscuit:
    Ingredients; Flour Blend (Rice, Potato, Tapioca, Maize, Buckwheat), margarine (palm oil, rapeseed oil), sugar, Chocolate chips [sugar 58.5%; cocoa mass 33.0%; cocoa butter 8.0%; emulsifier: SOYA lecithin <1%; natural vanilla flavouring <1%], cornflour, rice flour, water. Allergens in BOLD. May contain wheat.
    Milk chocolate cookie:
    WHEAT flour (with calcium, iron, niacin & Thiamine). Sugar, salted butter (12%) (butter(MILK) Salt); Vegetable margarine (palm oil, rapeseed oil, water, emulsifier, mono- &di-glycerides of fatty acid); OATS, milk chocolate chunk (6%) (sugar, whole MILK powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, Whey powder (MILK), emulsifier; SOYA lecithin, vanilla extract; Brown sugar (sugar, Cane molasses), golden syrup, rapeseed oil, baking powder (raising agents: sodium acid pyrophosphate and sodium bicarbonate)

  • Is the train pulled by a steam engine?

    Yes, we schedule a steam engine to pull THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. The only time we won’t is due to circumstances beyond our control, where we reserve the right to use a substitute engine as required to ensure the event continues.

  • Does the train move or is it stationary?

    Yes, the train does move. You will be on-board for approximately 1 hour. There may need to be movements backwards and forwards due to caribou or frozen lakes.


    Whilst we attempt to run the event as close to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride experience as possible we may need to, at short notice and due to technical or mechanical problems, make operational changes to enable the event to continue to run. This may include substituting a diesel locomotive or running the show on a static train.


  • Do you offer any discounts?

    If you are in receipt of the highest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), SDP, or enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit or you have an access card with a +1 shown, we offer a 50% discount on the carer’s ticket. Please reply to our Customer Service elves with your booking number and proof of entitlement. Our elves will then refund you 50% of 1 ticket minus the compulsory £3.95 booking fee.

    We currently do not offer blue light, military or any other form of discount.

  • Are pushchairs/car seats allowed on board?

    Unfortunately, due to the limited space on our heritage carriages, neither pushchairs or the car seat sections are allowed on board. Please leave them on the platform where our marshalls will look after them until you return.

  • Are animals allowed on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™?

    Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on board. Service animals / assistance animals who have been trained are welcome to join us. Please contact customer services prior to your visit if you plan to bring your assistance animal on board the train.

    Please speak to a member of staff on arrival if you require any assistance or reasonable adjustments to help you in your visit.

  • Gift Shop

    Our THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride shop is available before and after the Train Ride and is for ticket holders only.

    Online Gift Shop

    We also operate our online shop North Pole Trading where you are able to purchase a range of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride items throughout the year.

    Returns / refunds / faulty items

    We are sorry you wish to return your items / your item is faulty. Please contact our customer services who can assist with this. We will require your receipt number in order to process this.


  • Refund & Cancellation Policy

    What is the cancellation / refund policy?

    Unfortunately due to the popularity of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride event we are unable to offer any cancellations, refunds, or reschedules less than 60 days prior to your event starting, therefore please be sure you can attend on the dates/times selected when you book. In the unfortunate event the train is unable to operate, you will be notified as soon as possible and given a refund or the opportunity to reschedule.

    We are happy to cancel / refund / reschedule where possible your tickets, as long as you contact us more than 60 days prior to your event date, subject to an admin fee of £15 for all changes made.

    Changes less than 60 days prior to your event are at our discretion only and subject to an admin fee of 25% of your entire ticket value.

    You are only liable for a refund should we fail to to run the event. There will be NO refunds for guests missing the train or arriving late or who miss the train due to but not limited to, illness, poor weather, vehicle breakdowns, public transport, acts of God and anything covered in the Events Outside Our Control.

    There will be NO changes to any tickets later than 30 days prior to your event date.


    What if the weather is bad and travel will be difficult?

    As the event takes place in winter please do prepare for the road conditions. No refunds will be given if you can’t get to us and the experience runs.

    PNP Events LTD are not responsible for the winter weather or your transport arrangements to us or any road closures or delays or cancellations on your journey to us. Please leave plenty of time to travel safely to us. 

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