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01st Nov 2021

This Polar Express Christmas experience looks amazing!

Polar Express experience at West Cork Model Railway Village

Full steam ahead.

Fans of Harry Potter movies and Disney’s Christmas classic ‘The Polar Express’ are in for a real treat this year as the West Cork Model Railway Village, Clonakilty is going full steam ahead with a magical festive transformation, with the help of Santa and his hard-working elves.

The West Cork Model Railway Village will become an enchanting indoor and outdoor walk-through Christmas experience for families, from Saturday 27th November all the way up to and including Christmas Eve (Friday 24th December).

With the train currently being adorned with lights and filled to the brim with presents for boys and girls in advance of their visits, Mr Claus and his elves are working hard to ensure that families will have a magical immersive experience in the run-up to Christmas at ‘The Polar Express.”

With almost half of the tickets for the experience already sold, Santa’s helpers have sent us exclusive information about what the boys and girls can expect in advance of ‘The Polar Express’ arrival in Clonakilty:

Upon entry and throughout the experience, families will be fully ‘wrapped up’ in the fairy-tale experience with Christmas Trees and fairy lights aplenty! When boarding ‘The Polar Express’ they will meet Santa’s elves who will teleport families into their world as they then become part of the show.

Kicking off with the first carriage, where the elves will perform a 15-minute show, families will then move to the second ‘VIP’ carriage to meet the man himself, Santa, who will take time from his hectic pre-Christmas schedule to sit with each family and discuss the important business of this year’s present requests before posing for a photo.  (Family photographs with Santa can then be collected from the café as a keepsake for what promises to be an unforgettable experience.)

As you disembark, each family will be provided with a special interactive UV torch to explore and discover the elves’ living quarters, while helping them in the search of Santa’s reindeer, Dasher, who is a bit scatty and tends to wander off!

As night falls, families will close out their journey through the enchanted Model Village by exploring the miniature Cork towns by twilight, to make a wish and snap another unforgettable family photo!

“This is a very exciting time for us, and we are really looking forward to welcoming families from all across Munster and Ireland to West Cork Model Railway Village to have an unforgettable experience at ‘The Polar Express,’ says Kim McNamara, Manager of West Cork Railway Village.

“We would also like to extend a big thank you to Clonakilty Chamber and Clonakilty Enterprise Board for helping us bring this to fruition.  We are in awe of what Karl O’Connor of Blue Box Displays and his team have conceptualised and cannot wait to see it in action from November 27th right up to Christmas Eve”

To avoid disappointment, families are advised to book as soon as possible on