Take fun-filled train jour­ney and en­joy the fes­tive magic!

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Climb aboard The Train to Christ­mas Town this fes­tive sea­son and be part of the magic as the pop­u­lar fes­tive event re­turns to Devon.

Dart­moor Rail­way will be show­cas­ing its fun-filled train jour­ney which takes fam­i­lies on an expedition to the North Pole. Re­turn­ing to Oke­hamp­ton this De­cem­ber, the pop­u­lar Christ­mas jour­ney, based on the fa­mous and beloved chil­dren’s book The Train to Christ­mas Town by Peggy El­lis, is set to sell out fast.

Hop on be­tween Novem­ber 30 and De­cem­ber 30 to em­brace the spirit of the sea­son and spend quality time with all the fam­ily. The story fol­lows the jour­ney of Jan­ice and her brother on their an­nual ride to Christ­mas Town but this year is dif­fer­ent be­cause their grandma isn’t able to go with them.

Ev­ery year she pre­pares a spe­cial bag for them to open and en­joy dur­ing their ride. On board they share seats with their friends and wood­land an­i­mals, they meet elves who serve them co­coa, cook­ies and even­tu­ally stop to wel­come aboard a very spe­cial pas­sen­ger: Santa Claus.

The story teaches the value of friends and fam­ily, keep­ing tra­di­tions, and how the magic of Christ­mas is for all ages, not just chil­dren.

Start­ing at the beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated Oke­hamp­ton Sta­tion, pas­sen­gers will be able to take full ad­van­tage of the gift shop and crazy char­ac­ter op­por­tu­nity. They’ll find de­li­cious hot food avail­able to pur­chase, pulled pork and Christ­mas stuff­ing as well as hot dogs for the chil­dren.

Or if a sweet treat is more to their taste, mulled wine and hot ap­ple cider is avail­able for the adults. Fan­tas­tic mu­sic and per­for­mances will fill the plat­form to keep ev­ery­one en­ter­tained while they wait to board.

Once the Dart­moor Rail­way Con­duc­tor makes his “all aboard” call guests will be in­vited to board the Train to Christ­mas Town, where the mag­i­cal elf folk are wait­ing to share the spirit of the sea­son with ev­ery­one as the train makes its way to col­lect Santa. But the ques­tion is, can the pas­sen­gers cre­ate enough hap­pi­ness and en­ergy on­board to make it all the way there?

Mu­sic will fill the car­riages as the train de­parts to help ev­ery­one get into the spirit of the sea­son.

Be­fore too long, the train will reach its very own ver­sion of The North Pole at Christ­mas Town where Santa him­self will be wait­ing to hop aboard and join the fun along­side his cheeky elves. Be ready to join in as the elves en­cour­age the whole car­riage to get up and dance; singing and sto­ry­telling from the elves and con­duc­tor will en­ter­tain all ages.

They will also in­tro­duce pas­sen­gers 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 the pre­mium sec­tion of the train will also re­ceive a com­mem­o­ra­tive hot choco­late mug to take home.

Plus, 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 spe­cial mo­ment will then arise where the Dart­moor Rail­way Christ­mas Town Con­duct- or will punch all of the chil­dren’s tick­ets, just lis­ten out for the call “Christ­mas town tick­ets please, tick­ets”.

To fully em­brace the sea­son, the train com­pany en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to wear crazy Christ­mas themes, fancy dress or py­ja­mas for even more in­ter­ac­tion and en­joy­ment.

Tick­ets to The Train to Christ­mas Town have al­ready gone on sale (although spa­ces are al­ready fill­ing up very quickly).

An adult stan­dard class ticket costs £27.50 and a child will cost £20.90. For an adult pre­mium ticket which in­cludes a ta­ble for two, a ticket will cost £42.90 and a child £31.90.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to book tick­ets, call 08000 232383, email Dart­moor­rail­wayen­[email protected]­m­rail.com, or visit www.dart­moor­rail­way.com

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