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"It's called the Star of Knapford. It's a very special star. If an engine passes by it they can make a wish and maybe, just maybe, their wish will come true."
— Salty

Merry Winter Wish is the eleventh episode of the fourteenth season.


Knapford station is to be decorated with lots of festive lights, including one big special light - the Star of Knapford. Thomas is given the job of delivering the special light from Brendam to Knapford, but Salty arrives with some exciting news. He tells the engines that engines and people can make wishes upon the star and that maybe, just maybe, those wishes will come true. Thomas is now even more excited and sets off with his special special.

At a junction, Thomas sees Percy clatter over a bridge and thinks that Percy would like to make a wish. He chases Percy and finally catches up with him. Percy makes his wish and Thomas sets off once again. Thomas then sees Henry. Thomas thinks that Henry might like to make a wish too. So he follows him to Tidmouth Sheds where Henry does make a wish. Finally, Thomas sees James whiz past. Thomas chases after James to see if he would like to make a wish. Thomas follows James up Gordon's Hill, but, coming down the other side, Thomas slips and slides on the icy rails and cannot stop. When he finally grinds to halt, the star flies off his flatbed and through the air and crashes onto the tracks in front of Thomas. Thomas worries that none of his friends' wishes will come true and wonders how he can get the star to Knapford. He makes a wish on the broken star that his friends will come and help him. His wish comes true when a concerned Henry, James, and Percy arrive to help.

Percy keeps an eye on the star, Henry collects some workmen to fix it, and James and Thomas fetch Rocky. The star is soon mended and the friends chuff quickly to Knapford. Once there, the star is lifted into place on the station's roof. Everyone cheers and claps when the star is lit up. Thomas apologises for his friends' wishes not coming true, but they have. Henry, James, and Percy reveal that their wishes were that they would all be under the Star of Knapford together.




  • Going by production order, this is the thirteenth episode of the fourteenth season.
  • Almost every television guide in the UK refers to this episode as Thomas' Winter Wish, which may mean this was the episode's original British title.
  • The episode was re-narrated for UK DVDs to replace the "Winter Holidays" lines with "Christmas Holidays".


  • When Thomas chases James, James is facing the same way as Thomas. But when the star flies through the air, James somehow turns around.
  • On the trip to Knapford, Thomas and Percy have lamps, but Henry and James do not.
  • When Thomas chases Percy, they both pass a red signal.
  • At Knapford, Henry just pushes Rocky and lets him roll on his own.
  • Gordon's Hill switches from three to two tracks after Thomas reaches the top of it.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ねがいをかなえて Make a Wish
Norwegian Gode juleønsker Merry Christmas Wishes
German Der Stern von Knapford The Star of Knapford
Welsh Mae'r dymuniad a ddaeth yn wir The Wish That Came True
Polish Zimowe Życzenie Winter Wish
Czech Krásne zimní přáni Beautiful Winter Wishes
Finnish Talvitoiveita Winter Wishes
Greek Το αστερι του ναπφορντ The Star of Knapford
Russian Звезда Кнепфорда Star of Knapford
Chinese 冬天的祝福 Winter Blessing
Korean 소원을 빌어요 Make a Wish
Hungarian Karácsonyi kívánság Christmas Wish
Catalan Un bon desig A Good Wish
Romanian O Urare de Iarnă A Winter Greeting
Thai ฤดูแห่งความสุข Season of Happiness
Swedish Glada vinterönskningar Happy Winter Desires
Spanish Deseo de Navidad Christmas Wish

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DVD Boxsets


  • Merry Winter Wish

DVD Boxsets


  • Merry Winter Wish