Christmas is back and better than ever before in The Mall Blackburn!

A brand-new magical Christmas adventure will take children on a journey from the make-believe Blackburnigum Station, all the way to Yulevik Station to meet Santa at The Christmas Palace.

From November 27, right up to Christmas Eve, the Santaland Express will be ready and waiting in The Mall to transport visitors through virtual time and space to meet the big man himself.

Families will be welcomed to a quaint train station by Station Master Elfo, then it’s all aboard the Santaland Express where music, sound effects and high-tech visuals create the feeling you’re travelling this-way, that-way, side-ways and back-ways before you ‘arrive’ at the Christmas Kingdom.

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Carriage doors open into the beautifully decorated Grand Hall where Santa will be waiting to meet and greet each and every child.

Not only does each child enjoy the train journey, meet Santa, and receive a quality gift, they also come away with a novel keepsake train ticket, and parents are welcome to take photos throughout.

People are being urged to book online to avoid disappointment and enjoy one of the region’s most polished and authentic festive experiences.

Tickets are £9.95 per child including a maximum of one parent. A limited number of walk-up slots will also be available.

Late night shopping will also be returning, with plenty of dates for people to choose from.

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Kicking off with extended opening hours until 7pm on Saturday, November 27, to coincide with Blackburn’s hugely anticipated Christmas lights switch on, The Mall will then be open until 8pm on the following days in December:

  • Thursday, December 2
  • Thursday, December 9
  • Thursday, December 16
  • Monday, December 20 
  • Tuesday, December 21
  • Wednesday, December 22 
  • Thursday, December 23 

Lancashire Telegraph:

Loraine Jones, general manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “We’ve invested heavily in Christmas this year because we wanted to fully embrace the magic!

“We want families to enjoy a really amazing experience after the many challenges of the last 18 months.

“We’ve worked hard to create a thoroughly enchanting grotto that is also safe and spacious for everyone’s peace of mind.

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“The professionalism of the cast and crew is second to none and, as ever, Santa is a sight to behold!

“Everyone is looking forward to seeing little ones (and big kids!) get wrapped up in the magic of this bigger-and-better-than-ever Christmas at The Mall Blackburn.”

For more information, and to book Santaland Express tickets, visit