London's Fairy Light-Covered Steam Train Ride Is Back!

London's Fairy Light-Covered Steam Train Ride Is Back!
A train, pulled by a steam engine, with each carriage covered in different coloured fairy lights, travelling through woodland in the dark
Image: Epping Ongar Railway

London's not short of light festivals and illumination shows at this time of year, but there's one that always gets our attention — a steam train covered in fairy lights.

Light Fantastic at Epping Ongar Railway is just that — an illuminated train ride through woodland on the London-Essex border.

A steam engine and carriages covered in fairy lights alongside the platform at North Weald station
Image: Epping Ongar Railway

Watch the the illuminated carriages — hauled by a steam locomotive — pull into Ongar station and snap a few pictures before climbing on board and taking your seat. As the train pulls out of the station and wends through the countryside, peer out of the window for illuminated line-side displays designed specially for Light Fantastic passengers, and visible only from the train.

Train carriages covered in fairy lights alongside the platform at North Weald station
Image: Epping Ongar Railway

Music and an onboard commentary accompany the sights, and the whole experience takes about an hour, returning you back to Ongar station where food and drinks are available to buy.

Basically, it's the closest you'll ever get to riding the Polar Express. Look:

Epping Ongar Light Fantastic takes place 18 November 2022-15 January 2023. Tickets are £20 per person and must be booked in advance.

Last Updated 23 November 2022

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