The multi award-winning Christmas experience and the UK's first steam train of lights is back for 2021! The Christmas Train of Lights by the Dartmouth Steam Railway is a must see in the festive calendar.

This year, the Train of Lights is running from 24th November until 30th December 2021.

The festive illuminated journey starts in Paignton, where the vintage carriages await you - decorated with thousands of lights, both inside and out. Fifteen minutes later, once you've had time to settle back into your seat, you will arrive at Churston Station where the show begins.

As the anticipation builds and minutes after leaving Churston, you will be propelled through the 450-metre Greenway tunnel that leads you to the enchanted forest which will be transformed by a multitude of lights with brand new feature displays - plus some old favourites!

The stunning show ends as you leave the forest only to be greeted by the twinkling lights of Dartmouth reflected on the river Dart. After a turnaround at Kingswear and with the opportunity to disembark and take photographs from the platform, you will be on your way back to Paignton to experience the spectacle from a different direction.​

When is the Train of Lights running?

November 24th*, 26th*, 27th* & 28th*
December 1st*, 2nd*, 3rd, 4th, 5th*, 8th*, 9th*, 10th, 11th, 12th*, 15th*, 16th*, 17th, 18th, 19th*, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th.

Departure times: 16:45, 18:45 & 20:45

* No 20:45 service on these dates

Find out more and book your tickets here.


Train of Lights
Train of Lights, Paignton, Devon

WE WERE PROUD WINNERS OF FOUR PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS IN 2019!! Before you read down for all the lovely details of the 2020 Train of Lights, a few words on the unusual situation we all find ourselves in. . . . . ​We are extraordinarily delighted to announce that the award-winning Train of Lights will run again this year! Hurrah! We do want to assure you that the decision was not taken lightly given the unprecedented times we have all been living through. We know it has been said many times but the safety of our customers and staff is, quite rightly, our number one priority and consequently this decision was delayed until we were sure that we could deliver an experience that would be at least as exciting as 2019 but being Covid-19 secure

Dartmouth Steam Railway (starting in Paignton)
Steam Railway
Dartmouth Steam Railway (starting in Paignton)

A warm welcome awaits you at Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boats. We provide steam train travel, river and sea cruises across the English Riviera and along the beautiful river Dart in South Devon. We are open mid April right through to November (plus our winter steam train service run in November and December on selected dates). The stunning Train of Lights and famous Santa Express services also run on selected dates in December.



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