While many Christmas train trips are aimed at children, you could treat yourself to a grown-up journey on “Britain’s answer to Orient Express” this December. The opulent Northern Belle luxury train is heading to the North-east this winter. Evoking the glamour of 1930s “Belle” trains, the Christmas lunch special will have you sipping champagne and enjoying a seven-course lunch. The event will take place on Monday, December 10, and will leave Darlington station at 11.30am before it picks up more passengers at Durham at noon and Newcastle at 12.30pm. “From the moment you see the gleaming Northern Belle train pull into the station, you are transported back to a more glamorous age,” reads the description. “The vintage train offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. “Enjoy handcrafted interiors, impeccable service and gastronomic cuisine. Sip champagne, absorb the views, chat with your fellow travellers. Unwind and relax – timeless memories are guaranteed.” The Northern Belle Christmas lunch special View gallery Tickets cost £260 per person and include the round trip, a welcome champagne reception, a bottle of wine per couple, and lunch and coffee/tea with petit fours. To add a touch of magic, a table top magician will also stroll through the seven carefully-restored Pullman carriages to entertain diners. For more details or to book visit the website or phone 0844 8404525.