7 festive trains to ride in Norfolk this Christmas
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From The Polar Express to Northern Belle, all aboard this Christmas with these trains across Norfolk bound to get you in the festive spirit.
1. What: The Polar Express Train Ride
Where: Mid-Norfolk Railway, Dereham, NR19 1DF
When: Select dates November 15 to December 29
Cost: From £24.50, midnorfolkthepolarexpressride.com
If you're lucky enough to get a golden ticket, then you're in for a real treat this Christmas as The Polar Express returns to Norfolk.
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The festive train is based on the hit 2004 film and is fully interactive and you will be greeted by a train conductor on the platform who will welcome you "all aboard" before you take your seats.
The train makes a return journey from Dereham to the 'North Pole' and you will be served cookies and hot chocolate and the actors will chat to your children about what makes Christmas special for them.
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With a warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach, you will then be told the Polar Express story, which follows a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa and on Christmas Eve is awoken by the arrival of a steam train outside his house.
He is then taken on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole and after a jingle bells comes loose from the reindeers' reins, Santa gives it to the boy as a gift but he will only be able to hear it if he truly believes.
Guests are encouraged to wear pyjamas, like in the film, and there will be plenty of surprises along the way and Father Christmas will also be giving each child their 'First Gift of Christmas'.
2. What: The Norfolk Lights Express
Where: North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham Station, NR26 8RA
When: Select dates November 20 to December 31
Cost: £15, nnrailway.co.uk, 01263 820800
The train is fully decorated with multi-coloured lights will depart from Sheringham in the darkness and then steam through the countryside to Holt.
You will be treated to a mesmerizing light show with illuminated festive scenes along the way and there will also be a bar and a range of refreshments.
The experience lasts approximately one hour and 20 minutes and on-board there will be an immersive experience to keep you entertained.
The Norfolk Lights Express includes flashing lights which may not be suitable for those with photosensitive or light sensitive epilepsy.
3. What: Christmas at Bressingham
Where: Bressingham Steam and Gardens, Low Road, Bressingham, IP22 2AA
When: Weekends November 30 to December 15, daily December 20 to 24, various times
Cost: Advance £12.50 adults, children (3-12) £15.50, under 3s requiring a present £8, bressingham.co.uk
Father Christmas and his wife and elves will be at Bressingham this Christmas and tickets include a visit to him and a present, a ride on the steam train on the Fen Railway, rides on the Gallopers, a children's entertainer in the Village Hall and The Dads Army Museum will be decorated for Christmas.
4. What: Twelve Days of Christmas
Where: The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1QB
When: December 6 to 9, 13 to 16, 20 to 23, from Wells 11am, 12.45pm, 2.30pm
Cost: Adult return £9.50, child return £7.50, under 4s free, Booking not required
Enjoy a festive steam ride as The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway opens for the 12 days of Christmas, which also features festive stalls at Wells Station.
Hot drinks, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks will be available in the Signal Box Cafe and the journey time from Wells to Walsingham is 30 minutes in each direction.
5. What: Steam Trains to Santa
Where: Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham, NR11 6BW
When: Weekends November 30 to December 15, daily December 19 to 24
Cost: £17, bvrw.co.uk, 01263 733858
A three-hour magical experience with a personalised present for each child on board which is bound to get them excited for Christmas.
The Bure Valley Railway runs from Aylsham to Wroxham and from December 27 to January 5, every passenger gets a free mince pie.
6. What: Northern Belle
Where: Norwich Station
When: December 12, departs 12.30pm to 5.30pm
Cost: £260, northernbelle.co.uk, 01270 899681
Step into Christmas in style this year on board Britain's version of the Orient Express which is coming to Norwich and guests are in for a cracker of a day with a seven-course meal to enjoy.
The luxury locomotive will arrive into the city at 12.30pm, where it will stay for around ten minutes for boarding, and will then go on a round trip, including a stop in Ipswich at 1.30pm to pick up passengers.
Father Christmas will be putting in an appearance too and there will be live musicians and a conjuror adding a touch of magic across the seven 1930s-style Pullman carriages.
7. What: Santa Specials
Where: Whitwell & Reepham Station, Reepham, NR10 4GA
When: December 14 to 15, December 18 to 23, hourly 4pm to 7pm
Cost: £14, under 2s free or £5 each with a present from Father Christmas, whitwellstation.com/shop
Enjoy a Santa's Grotto with a difference and take a train ride to meet the man in red, with mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks on the train and there will be a present for each child under 14.
The gin train is also back by popular demand on December 20, which costs £30pp, and includes a choice of five 25ml gins with Fever Tree tonics in your ticket price and canapes and nibbles to enjoy on the train.