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The Polar Express

  • Kids, Active events
  • Puffing Billy, Belgrave
  1. A small child holding a golden ticket aboard the Puffing Billy.
    Photograph: Puffing Billy
  2. A small child interacting with Santa Claus.
    Photograph: Puffing Billy

Time Out says

Puffing Billy is transforming into the Polar Express this December to take guests on a magical Christmas journey

If you're hoping to hitch a ride to the North Pole this Christmas, look no further than our very own Puffing Billy. From December 9 to 17, the historic steam train will get a festive makeover and transform into the Polar Express, inspired by the classic holiday book and animated flick of the same name. 

Two 90-minute services will be offered each day, with the train chugging along from Lakeside to Menzies Creek. A conductor will be waiting at the platform to punch your golden ticket, and there will be live theatrical performances, an arts and crafts zone, a letter to Santa workshop and Christmas carols. 

An ice-cold chocolate milk and a cookie should keep you fuelled for the journey, but there are also options to pre-order grazing boxes or meals at the Railway Café. Best of all, we hear the big man himself is making an appearance – there will be plenty of opportunities to take a snap with Santa and his merry crew of helpers.

What are you waiting for? Tickets sold out in a flash last year, so if you're keen to don your best Christmas pyjamas and embark on a journey aboard the Polar Express, make sure to buy asap. For more information and to book your spot, visit the Puffing Billy website.

Looking for more ways to be festive in the city? Here's our guide to celebrating Christmas in Melbourne.

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier


Puffing Billy
1 Old Monbulk Rd
Nearby stations: Belgrave
Opening hours:
9am-2pm; 11.30am-4.30pm

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