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November 29, 2019

THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride at Wensleydale Railway

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Do you believe? We do at the Wensleydale Railway and that is why we are proud to be hosting an exciting magical experience like no other. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to Wensleydale Railway this Christmas season with the magic of the 2004 motion picture THE POLAR EXPRESS™ being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale.

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 at Leeming Bar, you can almost hear the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance and the fun begins.

Out of the cold night, to much excitement your steam hauled THE POLAR EXPRESS™ arrives, then the train conductor invites 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 wide-eyed children are invited to engage these winsome and inviting 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 belly you will listen as the story of 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 and families who bring their own copies can read along together too. 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, his sleigh and a giant Christmas tree. After the train slows to a stop, you find yourself delighting in the inspiring climax of the story as Santa boards the train!

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 (0 – 110!) with their very own “First Gift of Christmas”, a silver bell from his sleigh. Thinking back to the story, we would remind you to check your pockets for holes!

Chefs on board lead the passengers in singing favourite Christmas carols as the train returns to Leeming Bar station. Here passengers depart the train where the magic and fun continue as children get to look in on the elves workshops.  Don’t forget to visit the post room to write and post your letters to Santa.  Check out the Elves scanner to see who’s been naughty or nice. Souvenirs are also available in Santa’s Workshop.

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. However, our hope for your family is that your Christmas season has been enriched and memories from your experience will endure for years to come.

“Well, ya coming’?”