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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.”

Merry Winter Wish is the twelfth episode of the fourteenth series.


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.




UK, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and South Africa

US and Canada


  • Going by production order, this is the thirteenth episode of the fourteenth series.
  • 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 the Merry Winter Wish UK and Irish DVD to replace the "Winter Holidays" lines with "Christmas Holidays."
  • This episode marks Salty's only speaking role in the fourteenth series as well as his first speaking role in an episode since the twelfth series episode, Henry Gets it Wrong.
  • This episode marks the only appearance of Gordon's Hill in the fourteenth series.
  • The Korean title of this episode shares the same name as Thomas and the Shooting Star.


  • When Thomas chases James, James is facing the same way as Thomas. But when the star flies through the air, James somehow turns around.
  • When Thomas chases Percy, they both pass a red signal.
  • Thomas chases James up Gordon's Hill, but it switches to The Double Hills after Thomas reaches the top of it.
  • The Star of Knapford is shown to fly very far, but when it crashes and breaks, it only lands a few feet before Thomas.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Um Pedido de Inverno
Catalan Un bon desig
Chinese Mandarin 冬天的祝福
Czech Krásne zimní přáni
Danish Juleønskerne
Finnish Talvitoiveita
German Der Stern von Knapford
Greek Το αστερι του ναπφορντ
Hungarian Karácsonyi kívánság
Japanese ねがいをかなえて
Korean 소원을 빌어요
Latin American Spanish Deseo de Navidad
Norwegian Gode juleønsker
Polish Zimowe Życzenie
Romanian O Urare de Iarnă
Russian Звезда Кнепфорда
Slovenian Zimska Želja
Swedish Glada vinterönskningar
Welsh Mae'r dymuniad a ddaeth yn wir

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


  • Merry Winter Wish (Direct-to-Home Video)

US DVD Boxsets