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Polar Express - Mid Norfolk Railway

Father Christmas looking out of the back of a train

Departing Suffolk & Essex - Be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale.

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Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season!


As you and your family take in the festive decorations at THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride station, you can almost hear the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance and the fun begins.


THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is waiting for you at the platform. Wait for the train Conductor to invite you and the other passengers to climb aboard, shouting “All aboooooard!”. Anticipation builds as you step onto the Train to be escorted to your seat by the Chefs from the film.


Before long, scenes from the film come to life as dancing Chefs and Waiters arrive to serve cookies and hot chocolate. The children are invited to engage these exciting characters who are eager to hear from the youngsters about what makes the Christmas season special to them.


While the hot chocolate lingers in your mouth and warms your tummy, you will listen as the story of The Polar Express is told in its entirety. Chefs show pages from the beautifully illustrated book for the whole carriage to follow. A smile grows on your face as you watch your child become absorbed in the wonderment of the story.

As your adventure continues, you notice other key elements of the story — both inside and outside your train — springing to life. Watch and listen as another scene unfolds on-board before your eyes.


Upon arrival at the North Pole, keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s sleigh, a bag of toys and a giant Christmas tree. Watch out for Santa waving and, when the train stops, listen out for the carriage door to slam as Santa gets on board. After the train departs the North Pole for the return voyage home, you soon notice that the adventure isn’t over. Santa appears in your midst to present each child with their very own “First Gift of Christmas”, a silver bell from his sleigh. Thinking back to the story, you might like to remind the children to check their pockets for holes!


Chefs on board lead the passengers in singing favourite Christmas Carols as the train heads back to Dereham Station. Here passengers depart the train and make their way to our great gift shop with a range of gifts from toys, to Exclusive Polar Express Merchandise.

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


This is where your participation in the story of The Polar Express comes to an end.


“Well, ya comin’?”


Approximate Timings

Arrive Dereham 1630

Train Departs 1745

Train Returns 1915

Depart 1945



* The carriages used for this event have electric lighting, sound system and heating to ensure maximum comfort on cold winter evenings, therefore the train will be hauled by one of the fleet of classic heritage diesel-electric locomotives

* For the safety of our guests we ask that they wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and not  slippers, open toed shoes, flip-flops etc.

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
Bury St.Edmunds, Tesco Bury St Edmunds, Tesco Bus Stop, Compiegne Way
Capel St Mary (North) Capel St Mary White Horse Public House
Setdown Point:Capel St Mary National Exp StopSouth
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Parking £7.00 per day.Please contact 01206 540424.
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
East Bergholt Bus Lay By East Bergholt Bus Lay By @ Junction B1070/A12
Ipswich (Norwich Rd) Norwich Road Bridge, Ipswich
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Stowmarket Railway Stn Stowmarket Railway Station

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