Train of Lights

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  • TOL River Dart web
  • TOL Queens Park Station 2 LR

Event Date:

From 24th November

Until 30th December


The Christmas Train of Lights is now the must-see event in the South West festive calendar and of course the 2021 show will capture the magic of our previous shows – and then some!!

After being unable to operate in 2020 we are raring to go for 2021 when we plan to be even bigger and better! Don’t forget, the show can only be viewed from the train as you travel the line from Paignton to Kingswear (and we have a surprise or two up our sleeves for 2021!).

​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 (check out our gallery). 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.​

This is a fully ticketed event with allocated seating so pre-booking is essential

Dates & Times

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

Note: * denotes no 20:45 service on these dates

For full terms and conditions please visit the Train of Lights website. 

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. 

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



12:00:00 12:00:00 Europe/London Train of Lights Queens Park Station
Torbay Road
Train of Lights

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