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Premium Class Seating
Standard Class Seating


Climb aboard the Train to Christmas Town, a train ride expertly designed to bring the spirit of Christmas to life for another year. Bringing the whole family together for a special ride to remember, experience festive fun with fabulous characters and interactive entertainment.

Arriving at our beautifully decorated Stanhope Station, you will collect your tickets from the ticket window then be transported into a seasonal delight. You’ll have chance to take advantage of our gift shop and Olde Worlde sweet cabin, or maybe you would like to relax with a hot drink and a bite to eat. Delicious Christmas stew, pulled pork or maybe a hot dog will be your choice as you sit in our warm and welcoming waiting area. The young ones can pay a visit to our children’s corner where they can write a letter to post to Santa Claus or maybe hang a message on our Christmas Tree.

Once the Weardale Railway Conductor makes his “All Aboard” call you will be transported into a magical atmosphere created by caroling elves ready to board the Train to Christmas Town, where the magical elf folk are waiting to share the spirit of the season with everyone as we make our way to collect Santa Claus. Can we create enough happiness and energy to make it all the way there?

Enter a Christmas wonderland!

The music will begin as we depart the station and you will be delighted with singing, dancing and storytelling from the Elves and Conductor. They will also introduce you to some wonderful new characters inspired by The Train to Christmas Town book and serve delicious refreshments in fantastic fashion. Feast on delicious chocolate chip cookies and maybe dip them into scrummy Hot Chocolate. Those in premium class will also receive a commemorative Hot Chocolate mug to take home.

Before we know it, we will reach Christmas Town where Santa Claus himself is waiting to climb on board along with his mischievous Dancing Elves. Each child will be greeted by Santa as he makes his way through the train and presents them with a special Train to Christmas Town gift. The energetic Dancing Elves will have the whole carriage singing and dancing along to your favourite Christmas songs.

But wait, have we forgotten something… of course not, the Weardale Railway Christmas Town Conductor will be sure to punch all of the children’s tickets; so, keep them handy and listen for the call “Christmas town tickets please, tickets”.

We are excited to welcome everyone aboard for this new experience and continue the tradition of fantastic Christmas Train Rides at Weardale Railway. Keeping the magic alive and the spirit of the season in the air for another year.

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