It might only be April but tickets for a beloved Christmas event are set to go on sale this week.

The Polar Express Train Ride on the Mid Norfolk Railway has become a festive staple for many local families.

The event is a theatrical recreation of the beloved 2004 film of the same name.

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It has run from Dereham station between November and December each year since its launch in 2017.

This year has been marked as an extra-special event as it is 20 years since the film was released.

Passengers are greeted at the station platform by The Conductor and after they take their seats a host of dancing chefs make their way through the carriages to serve cups of hot chocolate.

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As the train arrives at the 'North Pole', passengers can admire the Christmas trees surrounding the track before Santa Claus himself boards the train. 

Guests young and old are encouraged to board in their favourite pyjamas, just as the children do in the film.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday.