Have You Booked A Santa Train Ride Yet?

Looking for something unique to do with the children over the festive season, why not take them on a magical Santa Train Journey, to visit the man himself.

Santa Train rides are offered at various locations throughout the UK, perfect for any young train enthusiast or children who love the outdoors and something different, whether you’re riding a Santa Express or going on a Magical Light Journey, a Santa Steam Train experience, is one to add to the list, and if your children are grown up, maybe you could share it with them and their children, a lovely multi generational outing to share together.

Polar Express currently has seven destinations confirmed for 2021, you can find out more information over at Polar Express Train Rides 2021

Bo’Ness and Kinneil, Llangolen Railway, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Middleton Railway, Ribble Steam, Llanberis Lake Railway,  Caledonian Railway, Peak Rail, Amerton Railway Santa Special, East Kent Railway Santa by Train, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Santa Special, Watercress Line, Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway and Chasewater Railway have not announced any plans for their Santa Train 2021, but it’s still very early so keep checking back for updates.

Santa Train Rides 2021

Ape Valley Light Railway Santa Special

Your party will board the train at the platform adjacent to the Apedale Heritage Centre, and the train will run to the far end of our railway. There, Santa will come to each train compartment and have a conversation, from a distance, with each child. Guests will not leave the compartment in which they are seated. Each child will get a simple gift, and the train will then return to the starting point.

The experience will last approximately 45 minutes. We will be using only our open-sided coaches, so we advise that guests wrap up warm.

All gifts for children will be chocolate-based. Please let us know at the time of booking if this is unsuitable for your child by emailing [email protected]

The Heritage Centre will be open for hot food and drinks. Their toilets will be available, but please note that capacity is limited (“one in, one out”) and there may be a queue at busy times.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address:  Loomer Road, Chesterton Newcastle under Lyme ST5 7LB 

Telephone: 0845 094 1953

Price: TBC for 2021

Audley End Christmas Special

Photo Credit: Audley End Railway

Our Christmas Special is the most magical, family, Christmas experience. The time you book for is your train ride where your enchanted experience will begin, please be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your slot so you have plenty of time to prepare. Once you’ve checked in you will board upon the Santa Express where our driver will navigate you through the Estate Woodland. You will arrive at Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland where you and your family will meet Father Christmas himself, along with his very helpful Elves, receive a special gift and also watch a Christmas dance!

After your train ride you will be led into the enchanted walk to visit the talking Gingerbread House, Dolly. Here you will listen to tales of how cheeky Ginger and Brownie, our resident Fairy and Elf, have been causing havoc in the woods.

Once you have listened to Dolly’s tales, you will then explore our Adventure Play Area while enjoying the delights of our Café and seating area in our brand-new Tipi Tents. Your children can also create their own Reindeer Food to leave out on Christmas Eve and have time to write their letters to Father Christmas and post at our North Pole Post Office too!

The fun does not stop there as you will then be escorted to meet the wonderful Mother Christmas for your interactive show.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Waldon, Essex CB11 4JB

Telephone: 01799 510726

Price: TBC for 2021

Avon Valley Railway Santa Special


Churnet Valley will now be offering Polar Express Trains Rides for 2021 head over to find out more

Address: Churnet Valley Railway, Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Staffordshire, ST10 2HA

Telephone: 01538 360522

Colne Valley Railway Santa Special

We are pleased to say that Santa is visiting us again this year. We have worked hard with Santa and the Elf and Safety team to ensure that your visit to him will be as enjoyable and safe as we can make it. Things will be different this year. You will meet Santa in his grotto before travelling on our diesel train to collect your present from Santa’s Toy Shop.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Colne Valley Railway Castle Hedingham Halstead Essex CO9 3DZ

Telephone: 01787 461174

Price: TBC for 2021

Dartmouth Steam Railway Christmas

Santa Train - Dartmouth Christmas Train of Lights

Christmas Train of Lights – The Christmas Train of Lights is now the must-see event in the South West festive calendar and of course the 2021 show will capture the magic of our previous shows – and then some!!

Don’t forget, the show can only be viewed from the train as you travel the line from Paignton to Kingswear. Your festive illuminated journey starts at Queen’s Park Station, Paignton, where the train with vintage carriages await you – decorated with thousands of lights, both inside and out.

Christmas Train of Lights Plus Santa – The Santa Express is not available this year – but don’t despair, Santa will visit on the Train of Lights with a brand new arrangement for 2021!! When you book a Train of Lights+ Santa ticket you will travel on the fantastic Train of Lights service enjoying all this wonderful experience offers with the added bonus of a trip from Santa! He will present each person with a gift (children and adults alike!) and will be accompanied by a special helper to assist him in his duties.

​There will be a limited number of Train of Lights+Santa seats on each train and tickets are now on sale CLICK HERE to book

Opening Dates and Times : November 24th, 26th, 27th* & 28th*

December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th*, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th.

Departure times : 16:45, 18:45 & 20:45. Note: * denotes no 20:45 service on these dates

Address : Queen’s Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton TQ4 6AF

Telephone : 01803 555872

Prices : Train of Light Adult (aged 16+) £24.00 (there is no concession fare), Child (aged 3-15) £15.00, Family (2A, 2-3Ch) £75.00

Train of Light Plus Santa – Adult (aged 16+) £26.00 (there is no concession fare), Child (aged 3-15) £17.00. Note: there is no family ticket available on this service

Dean Forest Railway Santa Special

Photo Credit: Dean Forest Railway

Visit the Dean Forest Railway this Christmas for your chance to ride behind a real steam engine and visit with Santa and his elves! With presents for the children and a miniature for the adults (plus mince pies for everyone!)

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Norchard Station, Forest Road, Lydney, Glos. GL15 4ET

Telephone: 01594 845840

Price: TBC for 2021

Didcot Railway Centre Steam Into Christmas

Climb aboard a train of vintage carriages with a private compartment for each group and listen for the whistle and whoosh of steam as the train sets off on a journey to meet Father Christmas.

Santa is letting his reindeer take a rest ahead of Christmas Eve and he will be in a special train full of presents in a wonderfully decorated Victorian station.  He has a gift for every child, helpers to entertain the family and has arranged a second steam train to take visitors (and their presents) on a festive journey, ready to explore the rest of the 21-acre living museum.

There are seasonal refreshments to enjoy as you explore original 1932 GWR Engine Shed.  Here, you can see more restored locomotives, see onto the footplate of some and meet Eddie the Engine Driver who will be telling festive tales of the railways at Christmas time. The refreshments are all included in your ticket price and come in the shape of mince pies and mulled wine/non-alcoholic punch which will be served to adults, while for children there’s gingerbread and hot chocolate – with marshmallows of course! 

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Didcot Railway Centre, DIDCOT, Oxfordshire,  OX11 7NJ

Telephone: 01235 817200

Price: TBC for 2021

East Lancashire Railway Santa Special

Santa Train East Lancashire railway
Photo Credit : East Lancashire Railway

Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley – journey time approximately 80 minutes, Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere with a beautifully decorated train interior, Meet Santa and his elves as they provide a gift to every child, Receive an activity pack for children and a mince pie and festive tipple for grown ups.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY.

Telephone: 0333 320 2830 

Price: TBC for 2021

East Somerset Railway Santa Special

You will have a 40 minute  ride  on the Santa Special train first, then cross the line to the North Pole Station  where you can visit Santa and receive a gift (if you have been good, of course!) 

When making your booking, you will be asked to specify the gender and age of each child so that Santa can choose presents accordingly. If you have a little girl who would prefer a ‘boy’s toy’ – or visa versa, –  please reflect this in your gender choice and also consider the appropriate age choice to suit the recipients.

If you are bringing an infant (uder the age of one) we do not expect them to need their own seat on the train, so please choose the ‘Adult and Infant’ ticket option. 

There will be a Goody Bag for every family group to take onto the train which will contain colouring sheets, crayons and a family Santa quiz sheet. Refreshments will be served  including mulled wine and mince pies.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Cranmore Railway Station Cranmore BA4 4QP 

Telephone: 01749 880417

Price: TBC for 2021

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Magical Christmas Journey

The Derbyshire Dales have a secret! Many years ago, whilst flying through the skies above, Santa looked down from his sleigh and saw how beautiful the rolling hills looked in the snow. 

 “If only every boy and girl could see the magic below” he said to himself. Then, in the distance, Santa heard a noise that even he, with everything that he has heard before, thought was the most magical noise that he had ever heard. That sound was the sound of a steam engine, and it was at that moment that the most magical train ride was born! 

When Santa arrived home he began to work on his new project, finding elves to build a station for him to use, finding the best onboard hosts who love Christmas. They must believe in him and his Christmas magic! Of course, not forgetting the most scrumptious hot chocolate makers in the world. 

Now the train is ready your golden ticket awaits! Your train departs from Wirksworth’s beautiful old station soon so now join us and step into our wonderful world of Christmas imagination. Get your golden ticket ready, this is going to be a ride you will remember!

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Wirksworth Station Station Road Coldwell Street Wirksworth DE4 4FB

Telephone: 01629 823076

Price: TBC for 2021

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Santa Special

Photo Credit: Embsay & Bolton Railway

The fires are lit at Bolton Abbey station and festive decorations will be all around. Seasonal fare will be available to purchase from the Refreshment Room and buffet cars, which will be bulging with mince pies and other Christmas treats.

Santa will be on the train, giving out presents to well behaved children, festive music will be playing whilst entertainers & elves will ensure a jovial Christmas spirit throughout!

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF

Telephone: 01756 710614

Price: TBC for 2021

Epping Ongar Railway Santa Special 

Photo Credit : Epping Ongar Railway

Santa’s special trains will operate a little differently in 2020. We have curated a special programme that still preserves the joy and wonder of seeing Santa himself at this special time of year.

Whilst it will not be possible to meet Santa in the traditional way, there will still be opportunities to see him, and get those memorable photographs.

All good children will receive a personal present from Santa; these will be distributed during the journey whilst the train is stopped in a station, by the elves who will leave them at the end of your coach for you to collect.

In order to maintain social distancing, tickets are sold for compartments for up to 6 or 8 people. This is your group’s compartment for the entire journey, you will not share it with anyone else. Some of the compartments will be in our open coaches with appropriate screening.

You should allow up to 2 1⁄2 hours for your Santa Special experience.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Ongar Station Station Approach Ongar Essex CM5 9BN

Telephone: 01277 365200

Price: TBC for 2021

Epping Ongar Light Fantastic


A truly wonderful experience of lights and music is coming to the Epping Ongar Railway this year, featuring a specially designed show to highlight our stations, rural setting and woodlands, that you can experience from the comfort of a train carriage.

Suitable for all the family, our Epping Ongar Light Fantastic services start on 3 December.

The exterior of the train looks spectacular but that is only a part of the experience. Once on board sit back, relax and experience the illuminations alongside the train and a number of special lineside displays that will melt your hearts.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Train Times – 17.15, 18.45 and 20.15

Address: Ongar Station Station Approach Ongar Essex CM5 9BN

Telephone: 01277 365200

Price: TBC for 2021

Evesham Vale Light Railway

Photo Credit: Evesham Vale Light Railway.

Take the  1  1/4 mile steam train ride around the Country Park, on your journey remember to “Count Santa’s Missing Presents”. When you arrive at Evesham Vale Station tell the guard how many you have found, and children will receive a small treat.

On your return to Twyford Station, adults can enjoy seasonal refreshments including a locally made mince pie and warm spiced apple drink, Children have a biscuit and a squash whilst waiting to meet Santa. (Food allergies cannot be accommodated)
Santa and his Elves will meet you in his Festive Log Cabin, where your children will receive their present, there will be plenty of opportunities for photos with Santa and the Elves.

​Trains run every 30 minutes from 10.30 until 4.00pm

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Evesham Vale Light Railway The Valley, Evesham WR11 4DS

Telephone: 01386 422282

Price: TBC for 2021

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Photo Credit: GWR

Your Santa Experience will begin at our festively decorated Toddington Station where there is a large free car park.

One of our amazing heritage steam-hauled and decorated trains will be waiting to take you for a 10 minute train ride in your own private compartment or specially reserved seats in an open carriage on a magic trip through the Cotswolds and beyond to The North Pole (Winchcombe). Here you will be able to walk through a wonderland of lights, trees, and decorations where Santa will be waiting to talk to all the children. As in previous years, all children will of course be given high quality presents which we have become famous for.

The whole family will then be able to enjoy the usual refreshments including the railway’s famous and highly recommended mince pies; additionally, for the first time this year, adults also have the option of a free glass of mulled wine before re-joining the train for the trip back to Toddington, where children will additionally receive a small goody bag for the journey home.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Winchcombe Railway Station, Winchcombe, CHELTENHAM, GL54 5LD

Telephone: 01242 621405

Price: TBC for 2021

Great Central Railway Santa Steam Train

Photo Credit: Great Central Railway

Santa has swapped his sleigh for a fun filled journey on an enchanting steam train. Ride on board our award winning Santa Specials and let Father Christmas surprise you with a an exciting present at your seat and a chat with the man himself! We look forward to welcoming you for some pure festive magic.

Santa is really looking forward to seeing all the children again and will visit each compartment during your Santa Express journey, to help Santa please make sure you fill in all the details when you book your tickets.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn, LE12 8AG

Telephone: 01509 632323

Price: TBC for 2021

Great Central Railway Winter Wonderlights

Our Winter Wonderlights experience is a train ride like no other:

See Great Central Railway as you’ve never seen it before.
A steam train with a magical twist, fantastically dressed in a myriad of lights.
Watch from the train as the nearby countryside is illuminated by a spectacular lighting display.
Our vintage steam locomotives and carriages transformed into a spectacle that’s not to be missed.
The Winter Wonderlights trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse station (LE12 8AG) in 2020

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn, LE12 8AG

Telephone: 01509 632323

Price: TBC for 2021

Groundle Glen Railway Christmas Specials

It comes round quicker every year… and once again Santa has booked his visits to Groudle Glen Railway for the two weekends prior to Christmas

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Groudle Glen, King Edward Rd Onchan, Isle of Man IM3 2JY 

Telephone: 01624 670453

Price: TBC for 2021

Hayling Railway Santa Special

A trip riding behind ‘Jack’ the seaside engine from Eastoke Corner to Beachlands and back, where your children will then meet Father Christmas in his grotto inside our Eastoke Depot. (socially distanced from him of course!)

All children will receive a present, and a wrapped treat and carton of drink to take away.

All enquiries/bookings 07394 194066

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Sea Front, Hayling Island PO11 0AG

Telephone: 07394 194066

Price: TBC for 2021

Isle of Wight Steam Railway Santa Special

A traditional Christmas awaits you at Havenstreet. After your train ride, follow the pathway to Santa’s North Pole station, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by our seasonal Station Master and his helpers. Watch and listen to amazing entertainment while you wait, before being led by one of Santa’s helpers to meet the man himself on board a traditionally festive Victorian carriage.

Santa hasn’t forgotten about the adults either. Grown ups can enjoy a complimentary mince pie and glass of fruit punch.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: The Railway Station, Main Road, Havenstreet, Ryde, PO33 4DS

Telephone: 01983 882204

Price: TBC for 2021

Kent and East Sussex Railway Santa Special

Photo Credit: Kent and East Sussex Railway

The experience for 2020 includes:Steam Train Ride for 70 minute return journey
A complimentary refreshment pack for each family to enjoy during the journey
Age-appropriate presents for all children 11 and under
Children aged 12-15 will receive chocolates from Santa
Babes under 18 months of age are free of charge and receive a gift
Magician providing on-board entertainment
Free rides on the vintage gallopers on-site at Tenterden
Free photograph of your family group
Visit to the station’s Christmas model village

The main attraction, Santa himself, will be travelling through the train giving presents to your children. Santa will make his way through the train and speak to your family from a safe distance. Have your camera ready to capture that all-important moment!

Opening Dates:  TBC for 2021

Address: Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

Telephone: 01580 765155

Price: TBC for 2021

Kirklees Light Railway Santa Special

This festive season, step aboard the steam-heated carriages of our Santa Specials & be transported through our magical tunnel to the North Pole.
Meet Santa & his jolly helpers inside their cosy grotto, filled with sacks of presents for the good girls & boys.

Whilst waiting to see Santa, adults will be treated to a mince pie and festive tipple and children will enjoy biscuits and juice in our heated marquee. Santa will also be bringing one of his cheeky elves along to help keep everyone entertained!

Children will have an opportunity to write their letters to Santa, complete activity sheets, make a Christmas wish upon our Wishing Tree, make up a bag of special reindeer food to take home with them and have a run around on the outdoor adventure playground.

You can start or finish your Christmas experience with a FREE whizz around the duck pond miniature railway – included in the price of your ticket.

REMEMBER! You are permitted to take photographs & videos in our grotto at no additional charge, so charge up those batteries..

All Christmas services last for approximately 1hr 30m and are return trips.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Park Mill Way Clayton West Huddersfield West Yorkshire HD8 9XJ

Telephone: 01484 865727

Price: TBC for 2021

Lappa Valley Christmas

Come and enjoy the wonder and magic of Lappa Valley at Christmas time. Meet Santa in his grotto, where there is a present for every child. Take a nostalgic steam train ride through the wooded valley into Lappa and find lots of festive fun.

  • All aboard a nostalgic steam train journey into Lappa Valley
  • Enjoy balloon modelling
  • Music from the traditional fairground organ
  • Rides on the Woodland Railway
  • Seasonal refreshments
  • Visit Santa in his new (socially-distanced) grotto for 2020!

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Lappa Valley, St Newlyn East, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5LX

Telephone: 01872 510317

Price: TBC for 2021

Leighton Buzzard Railway Christmas Special

Take a 25-minute steam-train ride over a historic narrow-gauge railway that’s more than 100 years old, and run by enthusiastic volunteers.

Meet Santa at Page’s Park grotto, where children up to 12 will receive an early present. 

And to help you with your present-hunting, our shop at Page’s Park station has the best selection of Thomas products, and much more besides.

Opening Dates : TBC for 2021

Address : Pages Park Station, Billington Road Leighton Buzzard LU7 4TG

Telephone : 01525 373888

Price : TBC for 2021

Longleat Land of Light and Safari Santa Train

This winter, illuminate your senses with the brand new festive event: Land of Light!

A myriad of magical light installations will emerge across Longleat in seven unique zones. In the Land of Light, you can discover motion-detected splashes of playful colour and movement and immerse yourselves in enveloping blankets of soft, synchronised light and sound

All aboard! Enjoy the magic of the festive season by visiting Father Christmas himself, in his woodland grotto.

Board the Santa Train at Longleat Central Station and be whisked away on a winter adventure to North Pole Holt to meet the man himself and receive a special Christmas gift – only for those on the nice list, of course!

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

Telephone: 01985 844400

Price: TBC for 2021

Mr Ribbles Festive Trains

Photo Credit: Ribble Steam Railway

On arrival our staff will check your tickets and direct you through our Gift Shop to our Museum. Once into the museum one of Santa’s elves will hand the children their Festive pack (which includes a small gift and fun activities to do during your visit). The Museum is decorated better than ever before with a fabulous light display put together by our volunteers and Santa’s elves have taken over our museum!

Our famous Elf trail is back for all the family to get involved with – can you help Santa find all the elves? When you have been around our museum, it will be time for you to travel on Mr Ribble’s Festive Train, decorated for the holiday season.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Chain Caul Rd, Preston, Lancashire. PR2 2PD

Telephone: 01772 728800

Price: TBC for 2021

Norfolk Lights Express

The Norfolk Lights Express is a fantastic wintertime experience returning to the North Norfolk Railway for 2020. Join us on this extravagant evening train ride through the beautiful North Norfolk countryside from the original Railway station building in the Seaside town of Sheringham up to Holt, which for this year will be turned in to a picturesque winter wonderland. Whilst on your journey, you will see beautifully lit line-side displays which are sure to dazzle everyone of all ages. Your journey will be accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack tailored specifically for the experience.

There will be plenty of food and drinks available on your journey too, from mulled wine and hot chocolate to warm chestnuts, along with much more. There is something for the whole family!

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: North Norfolk Railway, Station Approach Sheringham NR26 8RA 

Telephone: 01263 820800

Price: TBC for 2021

Northampton& Lamport Railway Santa Special

Come along and ride with Santa on a train ride along the Northampton & Lamport Railway from Pitsford and Brampton station.

As there are a large number of children (and adults) who want to meet Santa, he has asked us to make appointments for your visit. These start at 10:00 then at an hour and a half intervals until 16:00.

This year Santa will be traveling along on the train greeting everyone as you travel through the Northamptonshire countryside. Refreshments will be served onboard. For children, a soft drink, and biscuits and adults will receive a glass of sherry (or soft drink if preferred) and a mince pie (please help us prepare by selecting what you will like from the checkout page in your order). After the train ride, every child will receive a present from the platform before you leave to enjoy the rest of your Christmas

Santa Special tickets for each day are on sale until Midnight on the Thursday before each weekend of the event. This is so our volunteers can prepare for that day’s event.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Pitsford and Brampton Station, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton Northampton NN6 8BA 

Telephone:  01604 820327

Price: TBC for 2021

North Bay Heritage Railway Santa Special


Come down to the North Bay Heritage Railway in Scarborough to join in the festive celebrations, and most importantly meet Santa himself. 

You will travel from Peasholm Station to Scalby Mills Station, hot drinks will be included before your board the train. At Scalby Mills you will be greeted by our Elves and the big man himself, Santa, he will visit your family group whilst your seated in your carriage compartment. Children will receive a gift from Santa and there will a chance to take a photo’s, the train will then return to Peasholm Station.

As the event is all outdoors please wear warm clothing, the event will be held whatever the weather, please feel free to bring along a blanket and your Hot Water Bottle! Also be aware some trains are very busy especially on peek dates (12th – 21st December), we endeavour to keep your wait to see Santa as short as possible. 

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: North Bay Railway Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6PF

Telephone: 01723 368791

Price: TBC for 2021

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Reimagined

Photo Credit: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Join us this December and help the Railway save Christmas.
It has been a challenging year for Lapland and Father Christmas and his team needs your help! Santa’s sleigh is out of action, presents still need to be built, Reindeers are furloughed, and time is running out.

Meet Santa’s helpers and travel on a heritage steam train in your own private compartment, whilst listening to Jingle Bells FM radio. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your family as you travel to Levisham Station, return.

Your heritage steam train awaits at the beautifully decorated Pickering Station, ready to take you on a Christmas adventure. You’ll hopefully catch a glimpse of Santa himself too, as he prepares for the biggest night of the year.

Your ticket includes:

See Santa organise his Elves and Helpers on this special Santa Train.
Interaction with Santa’s Elves.
Photo opportunity to remember your visit.
Reserved private compartment on a decorated steam train.
Travel from Pickering to Levisham Station, return journey (Approx. 60 min).*
Present for each child*.
Snow Bound Express newspaper.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Pickering Station, Pickering, YO18 7AJ

Telephone: 01751 472508

Price: TBC for 2021

Rhyl Miniature Railway Santa Train

Follow the arrows to report to our elves in the ticket office on arrival. They will ask you to confirm details of your party and they will direct you to the train compartment where you will be travelling. You may be asked to queue outside the station if the preceding train has not yet arrived.

Help yourselves to drinks, mince pies and biscuits available on the platform. Hot drinks will be available at the ticket office for a nominal charge. Please by all means take these on the train to be enjoyed during your journey.

Our toilet facilities at Central Station will be open if you need them. Please have regard to social distancing in our loos.

Sit in the train with members of your party in the same pre-booked compartment/s. All but two compartments in every train will be enclosed, and there will be facilities for a wheelchair on every train.

Santa will meet the train during its journey and will have a present for every child. Once the train has stopped at Santa HQ you may alight from the train if you wish to, at your own risk. Please remember social distancing and stay 2 metres from the other groups travelling. Don’t forget to say hello to Santa and collect your present!

Santa has ordered dry weather on every day of our 2020 trains. Due to Covid 19 issues he will not be moving indoors even if it rains. If it is wet we recommend that you all remain seated in your train compartment and Santa will come to you. · Once the train has returned to Central Station and has stopped, you may open the train doors and alight. 

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Central Station, Marine Lake, Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1LN

Telephone: 01352 759109

Price: TBC for 2021

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Santa Special

Santa Specials include:

Train journey from New Romney (TN28 8PL) to Hythe and return.
A visit to Santa in his Grotto.
A quality, age related, gift for each child aged 1-15 yrs.
Seasonal refreshments.
Journeys: New Romney Station (TN28 8PL) to Hythe Station.

A festive day out for the whole family! Travel by train to Santa’s grotto and enjoy some seasonal treats…

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been running its popular Santa Specials since 1981. Although a lot has changed in the past 39 years the core of the experience remains the same- steam trains and Santa Claus.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent TN28 8PL

Telephone: 01797 362353

Price: TBC for 2021

Severn Valley Railway Santa Trains

Photo Credit: Severn Valley Railway

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your family in a private compartment on a magical journey to Arley to see our ALL-NEW Christmas Show.

Your vintage steam train awaits at the beautifully decorated Kidderminster Station, ready to take you on a Christmas adventure…

Everyone will receive a drink and a seasonal sweet treat as you settle down in your own private compartment, before steaming through delightfully decorated stations to Arley.

Jump off the train to be entertained in our ALL-NEW Christmas show, starring Christmas characters. You’ll hopefully catch a glimpse of Santa himself too, as he prepares for the biggest night of the year.

Back on the train, present-shaped surprises will be waiting for the children, before your train steams back to Kidderminster.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR

Telephone: 01562 757900

Price: TBC for 2021

Severn Valley Railway Steam in Lights


Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR

Telephone: 01562 757900

Price: TBC for 2021

Watercress Line Steam Illuminations

In 2020 the Watercress Lin offered the Steam Illuminations instead of the Santa Special check back to see which will be on offer in 2021.

Steam Illuminations is an unique, world first, pixel mappable digital LED train! It’s an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of 13,174 fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands. This makes the train look magical both inside and out!

Marvel at the wonderful light show with different colours and flashing patterns, whilst sitting back and relaxing on one of our steam trains as it travels up and down our 10 mile line. You will have a chance to see the outside of the train at the start, middle and end of your journey to capture it by camera.

Everyone is given an LED wristband (included in the price of your ticket) to wear on the train and take home after the event.

Popular and traditional music will play along with the lights to enhance your experience.

Trains depart from either Alresford or Alton and complete a round trip, back to the starting station.

This is a wonderful experience for the whole family and is sure to be an event to remember!

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: The Railway Station, , Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG

Telephone: 01962 733810

Price: TBC for 2021

Worth Valley Elf Express

Photo Credit: KWVR

Come aboard The Elf Express, and prepare to be amazed on a magical journey!

Arriving at Oxenhope, your Gateway to an exciting family adventure, you’ll meet some of Santa’s Elves and who will give you a Golden Ticket – your passport to an exciting journey to to Kringle Town’s Winter Wonderland. When the time is right, take a seat in your own private compartment and enjoy the ride to Kringle Town Station to meet Santa and his friends.

You’ll steam through the Worth Valley passing stations along the way. Be mesmerised as you pass through an enchanting tunnel of lights. Join in with the festive fun at Kringle Town Station, and meet the man himself. There’ll be singing, laughter, goodies galore and special family memories this Christmas.

Experience the magic of Christmas at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Address: Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, The Railway Station, Haworth, West Yorkshire BD22 8NJ

Telephone: 01535 645214

Price: TBC for 2021

So, there we have it, all of the Santa Specials, Santa Express, Santa Experiences, Light Shows by Train for 2021, have you taken part in any of them before or do you have one booked for this year ?

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