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The Polar Express

The Polar Express


Tuesday 22 December 2020

Places are limited due to social distancing on the coach and train so early booking is adviseable

If the trip gets cancelled due to Covid-19 Restrictions, you will be refunded in full within 7 days

Do you believe? We do at  LJ Leisure and that is why  we are proud to offer you an exciting magical experience like no other.

This Christmas, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to Wensleydale Railway!
Here they will theatrically re-create the film for you and your family. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale.

Prepare for the best Yorkshire 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 Leeming Bar.
In the distance, out in the cold night, too much excitement, you hear the familiar sound of the steam train that is THE POLAR EXPRESS™!

Your journey begins in South Yorkshire where wer will tranposrt you to Leeming Bar station. Just like the 2004 motion film when THE POLAR EXPRESS™ will pick you up at Leeming Bar station to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet the characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course the main man himself Father Christmas. You and your family, hopefully dressed in PJs, will experience a fun filled theatrical adventure as you make your way to the North Pole. Throughout your journey, you may tangle with the caribou and other magical happenings, as you have the original story of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ told to you by the singing Chefs. Don’t forget to have a bite of your cookie and authentic hot chocolate before arriving at the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Santa will join you on board and, if you are on the nice list, hand you your first gift of Christmas, a Silver Sleigh Bell just as in the motion picture we all love. You will even get to speak with Santa.

As the train arrives with the chefs waving, the conductor invites you and the other passengers to climb aboard shouting “all aboooooard!”. The excitement on the platform is intense, with guests dressed in Pyjamas, you all board the train with the chefs guiding you to your seats.
You leave the station and scenes from the film come to life as dancing chefs and waiters 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 appears in your midst to present everyone (0 – 110!) with their very own “First Gift of Christmas”, a silver bell from his sleigh.

The singing chefs lead the passengers in singing festive carols as the train returns to Leeming Bar 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 our 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. 

Once you arrive back at the station your journey is not at its end. Next you can write a letter to Santa, check if you are on the naughty and nice list and buy a little souvenir of your experience. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Yorkshire at Wensleydale Railway is truly the most magical Christmas experience.

After this amazing experience we will give you some free time in Harrogate for some last minute Chrsitmas shopping.

“Well, ya coming’?”


  • Coach from Chesterfield, Sheffield, Catcliffe, Rotherham, M1 Junc 36, M1 Junc 40
  • Reserved Seat on the Polar Express
  • 1 Hour on Board to the North Pole and Back
  • Gift from Santa for everyone
  • Hot Chocolate and Cookies on Board
  • Free Time for a bit of last minute shopping in Harrogate
  • Tour Manager

Adults:  £69
Children 2 - 12 yrs:  £59
Babies under 2yrs:   £19 (must sit on knee on train)