Some of the winter light displays around London can be quite moving.
But this one takes it to the next level.
The Epping Ongar Light Fantastic railway experience will literally move you from North Weald station out in Epping, through a festively bedecked route all the way to… the North Weald station out in Epping. Which, it should be noted, is just outside of the M25, buuuut, is also somehow still on the Central Line.
In the course of your 1 hour journey, you’ll get to experience a whole Polar Express’s worth of magic, with a steam (or diesel) train decked up to the nines in Christmas lights, and sent through forests past line-side light displays filled with woodland animals, fairies, and more. On board the train, there’ll be both festive music, and a narrated story to boot. You’re also told to look out for the “mystical Tomte hiding along the way” who is, by the way, a Scandinavian Christmas gnome.
It’s running from November 19 until January 9, with a small break for Christmas. Speaking of which, apparently Santa won’t be there as “he, and the elves, will be busy wrapping presents”. So the magic only goes so far.
But it’s at least a few miles.
NOTE: The Epping Ongar Light Fantastic runs from November 19 until January 9. Tickets cost £20 (and are filling up fast) and you can get them right HERE.
Epping Ongar Light Fantastic | North Weald station, CM16 6BT
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