The Experience- THE POLAR EXPRESS™ South Devon Railway

Do you believe? We do at the THE POLAR EXPRESS™ South Devon Railway and that is why we are proud to be hosting an exciting magical experience like no other. This Christmas, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is returning to South Devon Railway! Here we will theatrically re-create the 2004 motion picture for you and your family. Dive into the sights, sounds and intrigue of the classic children’s tale THE POLAR EXPRESS™ “The whole experience was magical and absolutely amazing!! If you love the film you’ll love this.” Lisa, G. Facebook review, 2023.

Prepare for a truly spectacular 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 Buckfastleigh. Before your magical journey don’t forget to write and post your letters to Santa and be sure to take the opportunity to colour in your favourite characters from the classic Christmas story and check out the Elves’ scanner to see who’s been naughty or nice!


A chef waving outside the window of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

The excitement on the platform before you board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ South Devon Railway is intense- as you board the train dressed in your festive pyjamas, the chefs will help you board and show you to your seats. When you leave the station the magical scenes from the film we all know and love will come to life as the singing and dancing chefs take you on this enchanting journey. Now, anyone in need of refreshment?

Hot Chocolate & Singing Chefs

As the dancing chefs serve their famous hot chocolate and tasty cookie, the sweetness lingering in your mouth and warming your belly, listen closely 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 enchanting Christmas story. “We had the best time today at The Polar Express South Devon. Lots of heart warming fun. We smiled, laughed, sang and danced the whole time. Thank you so much we loved it.” Aimee, W. Facebook review, 2023.

A chef on board THE POLAR™ EXPRESS Train Ride with customers holding up their golden tickets

As your journey continues, be sure to keep an eye out as elements from the story spring to life. Watch and listen as another scene unfolds before your very eyes.


Keep your eyes peeled for Santa. 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 and his elf will present everyone with their very own “First Gift of Christmas”, a silver bell from his very own sleigh. Thinking back to the Polar Express story, we would remind you to check your pockets for holes!

Santa visiting children on board THE POLAR™ EXPRESS Train Ride

Our singing chefs lead the passengers in taking part in festive carols as the train returns to the station at South Devon Railway. On arrival, passengers depart the train where our official THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride souvenirs are available in our gift shop.

We encourage all of our guests, young and old, to wear pyjamas just as in the film. Children absolutely love it and if you can persuade our older guests, Mum, Dad, Granny and Grandpa to also join in, the atmosphere on board the train comes alive for a truly magical experience!

This is where your participation in the story of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ at South Devon Railway comes to an end. Our hope is that your Christmas season has been enriched and memories from your experience will be with you for years to come.

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