Vintage Trains is proud to host THE POLAR EXPRESSTM in Birmingham for Christmas 2018.

Prepare to experience the magic and charm of the 2004 motion picture, theatrically re-created on a steam train so that the whole family can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of this classic children’s tale.

Commencing on Thursday November 29th, THE POLAR EXPRESSTM will depart from the festively decorated Birmingham Moor Street station for the North Pole with four trains per day on Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays and five trains on Sundays until Sunday December 23rd inclusive. Prices start at just £25 pounds per seat in standard class. First Class seats are also available from just £35 and include an exclusive ceramic THE POLAR EXPRESSTM mug for each ticket holder that’s not available elsewhere.

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During the journey from Birmingham city centre to the North Pole, scenes from the movie vividly come to life as dancing Chefs and Waiters arrive serving cookies and hot chocolate. The Chefs show pages from the beautifully illustrated book for the whole carriage to follow and families who bring their own copies can read along too. As the adventure continues, key elements of the story — both inside and outside the train — spring to life and on arrival at the North Pole, Santa will welcome the train with his sleigh, a bag of toys and a giant Christmas tree. After THE POLAR EXPRESSTM has slowed to a stop, Santa appears on the train!  

The adventure is not over. As the train departs the North Pole for the return voyage home, Santa presents each and every child, from 0 – 110!, with their very own ‘First Gift of Christmas’, a silver bell from his sleigh. Reflecting on the story, we remind everyone to check their pockets for holes! 

Chefs on board will lead the passengers in singing Christmas Carols as the train heads back to Moor Street station. As passengers depart the train the magic and fun continues as the children have a chance to see what the Elves have created in their workshops and to visit the post room to write and send their letters to Santa. Official THE POLAR EXPRESS™ souvenirs are also available for purchase in the Elves workshop and online at

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THE POLAR EXPRESSTM is directed by Director Chris Brookes, Birmingham Conservatoire Graduate, along with Assistant Director Tom Hendryk, also a Graduate of the Conservatoire. Chris said: ‘Directing THE POLAR EXPRESSTM, is a completely unique experience and brings together my two favourite passions – steam railways and immersive theatre. Now I get to combine them in this vibrant city, full of talent and where I trained – no pun intended.’! 

Full details of THE POLAR EXPRESSTM including availability and full booking information are available on the Vintage Trains website at

We look forward to welcoming all aboard this exclusive experience as Vintage Trains takes to the mainline with THE POLAR EXPRESSTM.

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