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The Experience

If you’ve never experienced the magic of the Polar Express, this just might be your crucial year. The Polar Express is steaming back to the Yorkshire Dales ready to amaze, delight and create memories you’ll cherish in years to come. Get your pyjamas and dressing gowns on and get ready to take part in the train ride of your life! A fully immersive theatrical experience lies in wait for you beyond the station of Leeming Bar at Wensleydale Railway – if you just believe. 

“We had the best experience ever last night in The Polar Express at Wensleydale. All the characters were amazing! Santa was perfect and we will definitely be back next year! Thank you so much for helping my 8year old fully believe again (she is so on the brink of not believing and this experience was perfect) thanks so much!” – Claire R., 2021 Guest 

When you get to the platform, it seems to be empty! But it won’t be for long, as the Polar Express will soon arrive. As the platform fills with pyjama clad guests, the excitement filling the air will mount as you hear the Grand Arrival begin. The first sparks of magic begin when snow fills the platform as the train pulls to a stop! 

“ALL ABOARD!” calls the conductor, and the chefs help you on board. As you make your way to your seats, the show is about to begin. The train pulls away from the platform and you’ll be treated to some familiar songs from the film, performed for you by our very talented chefs and maybe even the Conductor himself. 

Before your very eyes, the story of the Polar Express will come to technicolour life. Beloved characters from the story including the chefs, Conductor and maybe even the ghost on the train will draw you ever deeper into the story of the Polar Express Train Ride. As the train steams closer to the North Pole, everyone will be served hot chocolate and a cookie just like in the film. 

“Well worth the wait from 2020. The train ride is exactly like the movie and the staff on board play the part to a tee! The kids loved it, youngest was amazed when the Polar Express pulled up! They also loved the hot chocolate and cookies onboard and said it’s the best they’ve tasted and of course Santa! I’m 42 and felt like a little girl again and couldn’t stop smiling! I believe! Thank you for a truly magically wonderful family experience.” – Melissa Y., 2021 Guest 

Finally, the Polar Express will arrive at the North Pole. As you take in the sights that await you there, a very special guest will board the train. Santa Claus himself will appear right there in your carriage! He will talk to your children and provide them with the First Gift of Christmas, a beautiful shiny silver sleigh bell. His elf helper will make sure the grownups get their bell. Whilst Santa makes his way through the carriage, you’ll hear the familiar cry of ‘tickets, please!’ as the Conductor checks everyone’s Golden Tickets. 

Filled with all the magic and wonder of the Christmas season, the Polar Express Train Ride is a festive experience like no other. Officially licensed by Rail Events International and Warner Brothers, accept no imitation. 

“With a 6 and 4 year old who are obsessed with the film and book, we were crossing everything that our polar express experience lived up to expectation… and it certainly did! The characters in our carriage were so engaging and really took time to interact with our kids, who loved every second. The music, the dancing, the hot chocolate performance, the conductor punching the tickets, Santa Claus signing our book and receiving a gorgeous bell… it was so magical. I loved how we walked down the platform and then waited for the grand arrival of the train – my kids were about to burst with excitement at this point. Well done to all involved and thank you so much for making our experience one to remember for all the right reasons. Worth every penny for the look of 

amazement in my little boys eyes. He said it was the best day of his life!! We will definitely return.” – Lauren A., 2021 Guest

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