The Original & Multi-Award Winning

Christmas Train of Lights is back!


Our Train of Lights is now the must-see event in the South West festive calendar and, as the saying goes, this year (our 3rd!) will be bigger and better AGAIN. It will still capture the magic of our previous shows, but will also offer a unique experience for 2020 with brand new, fantastic installations for an after dark glittering transformation of the line. Don't forget, the show can only be viewed from the train as you travel the line from Paignton to Kingswear.

Your festive illuminated journey starts at Queen's Park Station, Paignton, where our train with 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 and brand new feature displays. 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.​ 

This is a fully ticketed event with allocated seating so pre-booking is essential. If you wish to travel with another party please inform us at the time of booking and we will do our utmost to accommodate you all together. We can offer a wheelchair specific carriage that means the whole family can sit together in comfort to enjoy this unique experience (please book a wheelchair space via the telephone or in person at our Paignton station only - online bookings not available). Sorry, only registered disability assistance dogs allowed.
Please ensure you arrive at our Paignton station at least 30 minutes before your Train of Lights departure time. The Head of Steam café will be open serving tea, coffee, (fabulous!) hot chocolate and snacks. Toilets are available at the station and on the train. The experience lasts for c.80 minutes.


Please be aware there is no Santa on the Train of Lights.


Dates & Times (our current plan at least):

27th & 28th November

4th, 5th, 6th 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th-23rd and 27th-30th December

Trains depart at  16:45 & 18:45 on each of the above dates

There is also a later service at 20:45 on 4th, 5th, 11, 12th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th & 29th December.


​2020 Prices:


Adult (aged 16+) £22.00                Child (aged 3-15) £13.00

Concession (aged 65+) £21.50    Family (2A, 2-3Ch) £60.00

Terms and Conditions apply to this event. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before booking your tickets. Your access to and attendance of the event is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with the Terms. The Terms apply to all visitors, users and others who access or attend the events. By accessing or attending the Service you agree to be bound by the Terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the Service.


 Please contact a Days Out Advisor

on 01803 555872

Address: Queen's Park Station

Torbay Road

Paignton TQ4 6AF

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