Seaton Tramway is sorry to announce that it is no longer able to run THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Tram Ride in 2020.
A Spokesperson said “After working endlessly throughout the year to provide a COVID secure event for your families to enjoy, we have always been optimistic that we would still be able to offer this magical Christmas experience. However the new national lockdown, along with the uncertainties surrounding what will be allowed after the 2nd December, means we are simply unable to set up and deliver this event.
We will now be putting all our efforts into ensuring THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Tram Ride 2021 is our biggest and best yet. As a charity, who has been proud to host this event since 2015, we want to ensure we can create the forever memories we know we have delivered for the past 5 years.”
All The Polar ExpressTM Tram Ride passengers are being contacted directly and will be offered a full transfer to 2021 or refund and asks passengers not to contact the head office unless they have not been contacted within 5 days.
As a charity, Seaton Tramway relies heavily on Christmas activities to keep going through the winter Season. The Tramway closed on 20th March and was hit with 3 months of closure due to the first lockdown so is already seeing significant hits to its income. In June, Tramathon live was announced which saw the Tramway operate a 24-hour continual tram trip to raise money during the closure. The event was live streamed online to over 200,000 people, raising over £30,000 in the first week.
The Tramway itself will be closed from 5th November to 2nd December but would like remind people that essential maintenance and security will still be taking place across the tramway network. Projects and work will continue, including the eventual opening of two new tram halts on the line.
Events for next year are still on sale and available at tram.co.uk.
Seaton Tramway wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas, hopes to reopen in December for an extra special winter service and our New Years’ Service.