The Norfolk Lights Express is an immersive, wintertime experience that is fun for the whole family! Arrive after dark at Sheringham Station and you’ll be greeted by the magical sight of a steam-hauled train illuminated by thousands of tiny lights.
The Old Luggage buffet will be open for you to purchase hot soup, hot drinks, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, delicious homemade cakes and savoury refreshments. A licensed bar will also be on board each train and can be visited before departure and during the intermission.
Since its debut in 2019, The Norfolk Lights Express has become firmly established as a favourite seasonal treat. As your train steams from Sheringham to Holt and back, you will literally see the countryside adjoining the track in a whole new light as the onboard lights shine on to the scenery in a series of changing colours. During the 5½ mile journey to Holt you’ll pass around 10 colourful lit-up dioramas on the lineside or dramatically set in the woods adjoining the track. These create an intriguing story which is brought to life by the on-board narration and music.
Please note: This is a separate service to the Santa Special Steam Trains . Please visit our Santa Special page for full details and to book a magical journey to meet Father Christmas. The Santa Special Steam Trains may be more suitable for families with young children – Father Christmas does not appear on the Norfolk Lights Express.
Where does the Norfolk Lights Express Go?
The Norfolk Lights Express departs from Sheringham and steams its way up the line of the North Norfolk Railway to Holt. Along the way, you’ll see beautiful lineside displays that tell a unique tale, and the on-train lighting will shine on to the stunning North Norfolk countryside – making it look like you’ve never seen it before!
Your journey will break with an intermission at Holt, giving you the option to hop off and take photographs with the train or to visit the onboard bar.
The historic locomotive will then switch ends ready to return you to Sheringham. On the way back, Part 2 of the show provides the opportunity to enjoy the lineside displays one more time with the on-board soundtrack complete with some seasonal music adding to the spectacle.
Please note: The Norfolk Lights Express features flashing lights along with narration and music played over a PA system. These are integral to the experience.
When do the trains run?
The Norfolk Lights Express will be operate on the days shown. The letters and colours indicate the fares applicable to each train (see below).
Departures from Sheringham are at 5.00pm and 7.30pm on each day – except on New Year’s Eve, when the Norfolk Lights Express will run at 5.00pm only.
How much does The Norfolk Lights Express cost?
Fares range between £22.50 and £30.00 per person depending on the date of travel. A limited number of private compartments for up to 6 people are available on each train – these range from £150.00 to £210.00 per compartment.
The fares shown below relate to the colours and letters shown for each train above.
Under 3s travel free of charge providing they do not occupy a seat – the safest place for little ones is for them to sit on the lap of one of their parents. Our Santa Special Steam Trains are recommended for families with young children. As there are only limited seats on each train, we are not able to offer discounts or concessions on Norfolk Lights Express trains.
Seats are set out in blocks of four; please note that if your party does not fill the table it is likely that you will be seated with another party.
Advance booking is strongly recommended. Please check our booking system for availability and prices on your preferred date of travel.
An indication of availability of tickets on the Norfolk Lights Express trains is set out below. Please note that these are not live figures but are updated every few days; to find out the current availability of tickets please check our online shop.
Please note: operational or other considerations may make it necessary to alter, amend or cancel train services and other activities. The North Norfolk Railway cannot be held responsible for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
Overall, the experience lasts for around an hour and 40 minutes from leaving Sheringham to arriving back. However the Old Luggage Office Buffet at Sheringham Station will be open before departure and you should also allow time to check in and find your seats, so we suggest arriving early!
Our bookings system updates availability in real time – if your chosen date and time is full, a message asking you to select a different train will be displayed.
An indication of current availability is shown above but this information does not update automatically and bookings are being processed all the time – tickets should be booked online in advance.
Advance bookings close at 11.59pm – to see if you are able to book tickets for travel the same day, please call 01263 820800 (Option 4 then 1). Please check availability below before calling. Higher fares will apply to tickets booked on the day of travel.
Each passenger is allocated a specific seat so we are often not able to add to an existing booking. If you wish to add to your booking please call 01263 820800 (Option 4 then 1) – our booking team will then advise you whether this is possible.
It is not possible to add tickets on trains that are fully booked.
Seating in most carriages is arranged around tables that seat four; please note that if your party does not fill a whole table (or tables) it is likely that you will be seated with another party. A very limited number of compartments seating up to six are available on each train and can be booked when you order your tickets (Select Private Compartment for up to 6).
Yes. Each service will have an accessible compartment for a wheelchair-user and their party – please call our booking team on 01263 820800 (Option 4 then 1) to book and reserve. Please note that space is limited and this will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Wheelchair users who are able to transfer out of their chair and walk a short distance can be accommodated in the standard saloons. Should you have any queries or require extra assistance please call the bookings team.
There are a limited number of toilets on board the train, but the inside of the train is dim so passengers can enjoy the illuminations. Therefore, we recommend you use the toilets at the stations instead – there will be time to alight at Holt before the train starts the return journey.
Once booked, tickets are non-refundable. Depending on the ticket type and availability it may be possible to transfer a booking to a different date. Please note that any changes should be requested at least 5 days before the date of travel and will incur a fee of £5.00.