- What are the dates of the event?
November 29- December 24th
- What are the departure times of the event?
12:00PM, 2:30PM, 5:00PM, AND 7:30PM. Note that not all times operate every day.
- What if I am late for the train?
The train will leave at the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for your trip. To avoid disappointment we recommend you leave plenty of travelling time and plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before your train leaves. Insure you check ahead for anything that may delay you, such as road works/closures traffic and weather. If you miss the departure of your train we will be unable to seat you on an alternative departure and will not issue a refund.
- What is at the station?
THE TRAIN TO CHRISTMAS TOWN Train Ride station includes a parking area, a ticket office, gift shop, Pub, hot food stand, photo opportunity, toilet facilities, and a boarding area.
- What food and beverages will be available?
On board THE TRAIN TO CHRISTMAS TOWN the characters will serve hot chocolate and a cookie to all passengers. There is also a food stand on the station platform with a selection of hot food and beverages.
- Are there souvenirs and gifts?
Yes, there is a Gift Shop with souvenirs and it will be open for business during the event. It is located at the Train Station.
- What happens on the train ride?
Characters from The Train to Christmas Town™ book are magically brought to life to welcome and accompany pyjama clad passengers on an entertaining trip to Christmas Town. Everyone is served hot chocolate and a cookie by the delightful onboard cast and The Train To Christmas Town story book is read aloud for all to enjoy. On arrival at Christmas Town, Claus and his Elves will be waiting to wave and welcome, and once at a stop Santa and the Elves will board the train. During the returning trip Santa Claus will greet each child and present them with a special Christmas Gift. For the remainder of the journey the carriage will enjoy a round of traditional Christmas songs and interactions with the Characters.
- How long does the ride last?
The train ride lasts approximately 1.10 hours from the time the train departs the station until it returns. Allow extra time for parking, visiting the gift shop, and enjoying the train station.
- Where does the train go?
The train departs from the station and travels towards Christmas Town on a round-trip journey. Passengers are inside the train for the entire activity.
- Where is the North Pole?
To maintain the magic the location of Christmas Town is not disclosed.
- Will everyone in our reservation be seated together?
Yes, as long as your group is all booked in one reservation, you will be assigned seats together. Depending on the size of your group, your reservation may require more than one section, in which case you will have seats assigned across the aisle or directly behind or forward of your main location.
- What are the differences between the Classes of Service?
The Train to Christmas Town™ Train Ride at the Dartmoor Railway offers three classes of service for our guests to select seats. All classes are in comfortable, heated carriages and include a visit from Santa. Premium Class is our top offering with large, comfortable seats at a table for four that features wide windows for viewing our stop at the North Pole. All Premium Class guests will receive a souvenir The Train to Christmas Town™ Train Ride mug and be served hot chocolate and a cookie. All Premium Class kids will receive a shiny commemorative ticket and a special gift from Santa! Seating in Premium Class requires the purchase of an even number of seats. Premium Class seats are located on one side of the Premium Class aisle, while the Tables for Two are on the other side of the aisle. Premium Class Table for Two is our alternate premium offering with large, comfortable seats at a table for two that features wide windows for viewing our stop at Christmas Town. All Premium Class guests will receive a souvenir The Train to Christmas Town™ Train Ride mug and be served hot chocolate and a cookie. All Premium Class kids will receive a commemorative ticket and a special gift from Santa! Seating in Premium Class Table for Two requires the purchase of an even number of seats. Standard Class has seating in quality standard class carriages with tables. There are 4 booth-style seats surrounding each table. All Standard Class guests will receive hot chocolate and a cookie. All Standard Class kids will receive a commemorative golden ticket and a special gift from Santa.
- Can the train accommodate wheelchairs?
We have a very limited number of wheelchair spaces available and the vintage of our carriages restricts them to carrying standard size wheelchairs only. Please call a representative at 08000 2323 83 to book your tickets and explain your specific needs.
- What if my child has food allergies?
We cannot guarantee that our Hot Chocolate or Cookies do not contain any ingredients that may cause ill effect to all types of allergy sufferers. Guest with allergies are welcome to bring their own alternative
- How do I buy tickets?
You can purchase tickets online or with our toll free number 08000 2323 83. Representatives are available 7 days a week. Reservation center hours vary depending on the time of year. During Christmas the hours are 1 pm to 1 am GMT. Any unsold tickets will be available at the station on a first come, first served basis. Everyone attending must have a ticket, including children sitting on your lap under the age of two (a ‘adult with lap baby’ ticket can be obtained from our reservation agent or online.)
- Will my tickets be mailed to me?
We do not mail out tickets. All tickets can be picked up at the ticket office window at the station on the same day of the event prior to your departure.
- How much do tickets cost ?
Ticket prices vary depending on demand for a particular departure. Prices range from £18 to £43 with consideraiton to ticket type and popularity of that date chosen.
- What are the age classifications for ticketing?
Child: age 2- 12; Adult: age 13 and up; Lap Baby: age under 2, held on adult lap A child over the age of 2 will not be permitted to ride on an adult with lap baby ticket.
How to Prepare
- What should we wear to the event?
Sturdy shoes with closed toes are best for train safety. (No slippers, open-toed shoes, sandals, or flip flops) We encourage each child to wear pyjamas just like in the book. It’s quite common for all members of the family to enjoy The Train to Christmas Town™ Train Ride in pyjamas; you’ll be amazed at how much fun it is to get Dad and Grandpa to join in!
- What should we bring?
This is a memory you’ll want to save so we suggest bringing a camera with a flash if you are riding an evening train due to the lighting conditions. During boarding guests will be outdoors so dress for the weather. Have your reservation number or confirmation email to present to the Ticket Office Clerk.
- What is the address of the event?
Dartmoor Railway. Okehampton Railway Station, Station Rd, Okehampton EX20 1EJ
Arrival & Parking
- What parking is available and what is the cost?
There is parking at the Dartmoor Railway. We have a designated area for disabled parking where appropriate badges are displayed, please follow parking signage.
- When should we arrive for the event?
Please arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your trip. This will Insure proper time to find parking, pick up your tickets and visit the Gift Shop. Please note that it is the customers responsibility to allow enough travel time. The train can not and will not wait for late passengers. We take no responsibility for missed depatures and another train will not be offered.
- What is the cancellation policy?
Unfortunately, due to the popularity of this train event, there are no refunds or cancellations. Please be sure that when you make your reservation, you know exactly which date and which departure time you wish to secure. The train can depart in rain or snow. In the event the train is unable to operate you will be notified immediately and given a complete refund or the opportunity to reschedule. Should a situation develop where you must reschedule, you may do so up to 72 hours prior to departure. A modest rebooking fee will apply. The opportunity to reschedule does not exist if your departure is closer than 72 hours.
- Are there any discounts?
Due to the popularity of this event, there are no ticket discounts. However, ticket prices vary depending on the date and time chosen so feel free to browse the pricing selection.
- Are there any refunds?
Unfortunately, due to the popularity of this event there are no refunds or cancellations. Please be sure that when you make your reservation you know exactly which date and which train time you wish to secure. The train can depart even in rain or snow. In the event the train is unable to operate you will be notified immediately and given a complete refund or the opportunity to reschedule
- What if the weather is bad and travel difficult?
Please prepare for wintery roads and busy traffic conditions! The Weardale Railway is not liable for road closures or delays. This event will run no matter the weather. In the event the train is unable to operate you will be notified immediately and given a complete refund or the opportunity to reschedule.
- How do I contact customer service?
Call toll free: 08000 2323 83 to our reservations system which is available 7 days a week. Make the correct telephone selections for the Dartmoor Railway. Alternatively, you can reach them by email at [email protected]