The Polar Express will be a festive occasion with a host of attractions for all the family, including a winter wonderland, story-telling with Mrs Claus and of course our Polar Express train adventure which will take you on a magical journey to visit Santa and his elves in their busy workshop as they prepare for their busiest time of the year.

The Polar Express Experience includes:

  • A warm welcome awaits in the Grand Ballroom, Santa’s Holiday Lodge, where the Ticket Master will issue you with your tickets.
  • Board the Polar Express Train where your journey begins!
  • The train will take you through the enchanting grounds of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. You will then make your way through the magical Winter Wonderland towards Santa’s Workshop.
  • In the Winter Wonderland there will be lots to keep you entertained. From movies and letter writing to Christmas stalls and stories from Mrs Claus. Why not join us have something to eat, choose from Santa’s Buffet,  Afternoon Tea or Festive Dining.
  • After exploring the Winter Wonderland and being entertained by various artists, meet the man himself were you will receive a gift and personal photo. Following your visit with Santa you can enjoy refreshments and browse our festive stalls.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday 14th – Tuesday 20th December from 4.00 – 9.00pm each day.
The Polar Express will be a festive occasion with a host of attractions for all the family, including a winter wonderland, story-telling with Mrs Claus and of course our Polar Express train adventure which will take you on a magical journey to visit Santa and his elves in their busy workshop as they prepare for their busiest time of the year.
Adults £15
Children £19
Price includes complimentary tea, coffee or mulled wine and refreshments for the children, a personal photo with Santa and gift for every child.
Please note that babies under 1 go free or £5 if you would like them to receive a gift/photo from Santa.
The experience will last approximately 1 hour. This however can be extended by including lunch, dinner or Afternoon Tea.
Yes. Only a certain number of visitors can book a seat on the Polar Express Train. All tickets must be booked in advance online. Early booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.
It is not possible to make changes to times, dates and number of people in your party after completion of the booking.
Tickets to Santa’s Polar Express at the Slieve Donard are non-refundable.
For bookings of parties larger than 24 people, please email guestservices@sdh.hastingshotels.com  with details of your booking enquiry. If your group requires accommodation please contact our Reservation department on 00 44 (0) 28 4372 1069
Please ensure that you arrive at the Percy French Inn at least 30 minutes before your booked time slot.
Please email guestservices@sdh.hastingshotel.com and we can discuss your requirements.
Families will have the opportunity to soak up the Christmas atmosphere with our festive dining options including Festive Afternoon Tea in the Hotel and a delicious array of food and beverages in the Percy French Inn. To book a table please call 00 44 (0)28 4372 1066 or email guestservices@sdh.hastingshotels.com
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