73 Amazing Santa Trains To Experience in 2021

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.

Table of Contents
  1. Polar Express Train Rides 2021
  2. 65 Santa Trains To Experience in 2021
  3. Christmas at Amberley Museum
  4. Amerton Railway Santa Specials
  5. ​Apedale Valley Light Railway Santa Special
  6. Audley End Christmas Special
  7. Avon Valley Railway Santa Special
  8. Bala Lake Railway
  9. Battlefield Line Railway’s Santa Experience
  10. Bluebell Railway Santa Special
  11. Bluebell Railway Steamlights
  12. Brecon Mountain Railway Santa Special
  13. Bressingham Steam & Gardens Christmas
  14. Bure Valley Railway Festive Express
  15. Chasewater Light Railway
  16. Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
  17. Colne Valley Railway Santa Special
  18. Dartmouth Steam Railway Christmas
  19. Dean Forest Railway Santa Special
  20. Derwent Valley Light Railway
  21. Didcot Railway Centre Steam Into Christmas
  22. East Lancashire Railway Santa Special
  23. East Somerset Railway Santa Special
  24. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Magical Christmas Journey
  25. Embsay & Bolton Abbey Santa Special
  26. Epping Ongar Railway Santa Special 
  27. Epping Ongar Light Fantastic
  28. Evesham Vale Light Railway
  29. Foxfield Railway Santa Special
  30. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
  31. Great Central Railway Santa Steam Train
  32. Great Central Railway Winter Wonderlights
  33. Groundle Glen Railway Christmas Specials
  34. Hampton Kempton Waterworks Railway
  35. Hayling Railway Santa Special
  36. Isle of Wight Steam Railway Santa Special
  37. Kent and East Sussex Railway Santa Special
  38. Kirklees Light Railway Events
  39. Lappa Valley Christmas
  40. Leighton Buzzard Railway Christmas Special
  41. Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Santa Specials
  42. Mr Ribbles Festive Trains
  43. Mid Suffolk Light Railway Santa Specials
  44. Nene Valley Railway
  45. Norfolk Lights Express
  46. Northampton& Lamport Railway Santa Special
  47. North Bay Heritage Railway Santa Special
  48. North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Reimagined
  49. Peak Rail Santa Specials
  50. Ravenglass and Eskdale Santa Specials
  51. Rhyl Miniature Railway Santa Train
  52. Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Santa Special
  53. Rudyard Lake Steam Railway Santa Specials
  54. Ruislip Lido Railway
  55. Severn Valley Railway Santa Trains
  56. Severn Valley Railway Steam in Lights
  57. Sittingbourne Steam Railway Santa Special
  58. South Tynedale Railway Santa Specials
  59. Statfold Barn Santa Express
  60. Swanage Railway Santa Specials
  61. Watercress Line Steam Illuminations
  62. West Lancashire Light Railway Santa Specials
  63. West Somerset Railway Santa Express
  64. Worth Valley Elf Express

The most popular Santa Trains are the Polar Express, which currently has eight destinations confirmed for 2021, you can find out more detailed information over at Polar Express Train Rides 2021, but here’s also a brief overview of them, but be quick as most of the tickets are already on sale and they book up QUICK!

Polar Express Train Rides 2021

NEW* Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

Location : 5 Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9GQ

Ticket Price : From £24.95. Tickets are available to book HERE with extra dates just added!

Dates : From 27th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale : The whole experience lasts about 2 hours.

NEW* Churnet Valley Railway

Location : Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, ST10 2HA

Ticket Price: Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book, extra dates just been added

Dates: Various Dates from 26th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale: It is an approx one hour journey.

Mid Norfolk Railway

Location : The Railway Station, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF

Ticket Price: From £26 Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various Dates from 13th November – 23rd December

Timescale: The story will be told 20 minutes before train departure, you need to arrive at the time stated on your ticket, the whole experience lasts approx 2 hours.

Seaton Tramway

Location : Seaton Tramway, Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon EX12 2NQ

Ticket Price: From £27.95. Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various dates from 27th November to 24th December 2021

Timescale: A round trip takes approx 2 hours and 30 minutes.

South Devon Railway

Location : The Station, Dartbridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ

Ticket Price: Ticket Prices from £24.95 Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various dates from 20th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale : Your authentic steam train ride will last around an hour.

NEW* Spa Valley Railway

Location : West Station, Nevill Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY

Ticket Price : From £24.95. Tickets are now available CLICK HERE to Book

Dates : From 27th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale : The whole experience lasts about 2 hours.

Telford Steam Railway

Location : The Old Loco Shed, Bridge Rd, Horsehay, Telford TF4 2NF

Ticket Price: Standard class from £31 each, Premium from £43 each, you can CLICK HERE to Book. All ticket prices are per seat, however, following a large number of emails regarding families wanting to ensure that they are seated together and to ensure there is as much social distancing as possible, tickets will be sold in pairs. In the carriages there are four (4) seats around each table.

Dates:  26th November – 23rd December 2021

Timescale : The whole experience lasts about 2 hours.

Wensleydale Railway

Location : Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, DL7 9AR

Ticket Price: Tickets are now available to purchase CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various dates from 19th November to 23rd December 2021

Timescale : Approx 2 – 2.5 hours for the whole experience. You are on the train for around an hour and can visit the shop afterwards. You are asked not to arrive at the park and ride more than 45 minutes before your booked time.

But the Polar Express Train Rides aren’t the only ones on offer, there are lots of Railway stations putting on Santa Specials, Light Experiences and plenty more to get you in the festive mood.

65 Santa Trains To Experience in 2021

Alderney Railway Santa Special

Enjoy the most magical Christmas Experience with your family at the Alderney Railway. Take our Santa Express and meet the big man himself, along with his VERY cheeky Elves, to receive a special gift.

Opening Dates : 19th December 2021

Location : PO Box 75, Alderney, Channel Islands, GY9 3DA

Telephone : 07911 739572

Price : Adults £6, Children £4, Under 2 FREE

Christmas at Amberley Museum

Opening Dates : 4th – 5th, 11th – 12th, 18th – 19th December

Location : New Barn Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT

Telephone : 01798 831370

Price : Further details to come.

Amerton Railway Santa Specials

Santa and his Elves are back for 2021! Come and enjoy the magic with us! Booking opens 1st September 2021.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are selling tickets on a compartment basis in our carriages, where you will be separated from other guests.

Board a steam train at Amerton Station and travel to Toyland to meet Santa and receive a hand-picked gift! You also receive a festive goodie bag to enjoy while surrounded by beautiful Staffordshire countryside as the train meanders through the fields on a frosty winter’s day.

Opening Dates : Our Santa Specials are running on every Saturday & Sunday in December, and Christmas Eve.

Location : Stowe-by-Chartley Nr. Weston Staffordshire ST18 0LA

Telephone : 01889 271337

Prices : Standard Compartment (6 people) – £40.00

Apedale Valley Light Railway Santa Special

No details as yet for 2021 santa specials

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Location :  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: 20 November to 24 December, 2021

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

Telephone: 01799 510726

Price: Tickets on sale Monday 6th September. Adults and Children over 92cm – £18.00/£20.00 Child Under 92cm – £9.00/£10.00 Child under 1 Year – Free Carer of disabled – Free

Avon Valley Railway Santa Special

 

A 50 minute (six mile) trip in a heritage carriage behind one of our steam locomotives

A short greeting from Father Christmas as he greets each family as he passes through the train and a photo opportunity with him when you return to Bitton Station

A quality present for each child, given out onboard

A mince pie or festive biscuit for everyone to enjoy as they go on their journey

The chance to meet the Christmas donkeys on the platform at Bitton Station

Opening Dates : 27/28th Nov, 4/5/6th Dec, 11/12th Dec, 18/19th Dec, 21/22/23/24th Dec 2021

Location: Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton Bristol, BS30 6HD

Telephone: 0117 932 5538

Price: Tickets from £15

Bala Lake Railway

Santa has once again accepted our invitation to visit Llanuwchllyn on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December 2021. Our special trains will be hauled by two of our steam locomotives, suitably decorated for the occasion.

All trains will depart from Llanuwchllyn Station on a journey down the line to Santa’s grotto where the children will meet Santa and receive a gift. Adults receive a mince pie and a glass of sherry or a hot drink.

Advance booking is essential. Special prices apply. Round trip takes 45 minutes.

ONLINE BOOKING AND PRICES WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER IN THE YEAR

Opening Dates : 11th and 12th December 2021

Location : Station Road Llanuwchllyn LL23 7DD

Telephone : 01678 540666

Price : TBC

Battlefield Line Railway’s Santa Experience

Following on from our highly successful 2020 Santa trains, we have listened to customer feedback and launching some exciting changes this year, beginning with the introduction of Bronze, Silver and Gold tickets.

Bronze -Passengers will be seated at their own table (each table seats up to 4) in one of our open plan coaches. Once boarded, all adults will be offered a mince pie, and children will receive a packet of sweets. During your return steam train journey, Santa will visit your group at your table to spread some festive joy and hand a small present to each child. Prices start at £13 per person(Note: Any bookings of up to 2 passengers MAY have to share their table with another booking of 2 passengers, dependant on covid restrictions at the time)

​Silver – Groups of up to 8 will be seated in their own private compartment. All adults will receive a mince pie and wine, and children will get a packet of sweets and juice drink. During the return steam train journey, Santa will visit you in the comfort of your compartment and spend time talking to the children and handing them each a great present. Prices start at £18 per person (Note: Silver bookings are subject to a minimum of 4 persons)

Gold – Our flagship experience, and certainly one to remember! As you slide open the door to your own private compartment, you will find inside the elves have been busy and left a plentiful hamper for you to enjoy, with a wide array of festive goodies, including wine, soft drinks, chocolates, mince pies, biscuits, crisps, satsumas and much more… (vegetarian, vegan & gluten free variants available – please advise when booking) Santa will visit you in the comfort of your compartment and spend time talking to the children and handing them each a great present. Prices start at £26 per person (Note: Gold bookings are subject to a minimum of 4 persons)

Opening Dates: 27/28th Nov, 4/5th, 11/12th. 18/19th 23/24th Dec 2021

Location : Shackerstone Station, Shackerstone, Leicestershire. CV13 6NW

Telephone: 01827 880754 

Price: From £13 per person

Bluebell Railway Santa Special

Photo Credit: Bluebell Railway

Get into the mood with some Christmas music while having your tickets checked, Board your train in your own private compartment for a safe and enjoyable journey, Mince pies and chocolate coins waiting for you on board
Enjoy the trip to Horsted Keynes through the winter countryside.

Visit Santa in his parlour with an opportunity for a photo, Collect your special present from Santa’s Workshop, Enjoy the traditional inclusive amusement attractions – all carefully spaced apart, Take time for a glass of delicious Christmas Punch on sale on the platform

Rejoin your train to return to Sheffield Park or East Grinstead, Pick up Christmas gifts at our market stalls and shops
The whole experience will take around 2 hours from Sheffield Park and 2 hours 15 minutes from East Grinstead 

Opening Dates: 27th Nov – 12th Dec and 18th – 24th Dec 2021

Location : Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL

Telephone: 01825 720800

Price: Table for 4 persons from £90

Bluebell Railway Steamlights

Brighten up the chilly winter evenings with a seasonal lights spectacular!
SteamLights will return to Bluebell Railway in 2021.

Sparkle, glow and shimmer on a magical steam train covered by thousands of colourful lights.

Illuminate the dark landscape as you journey and feast your eyes on an amazing light show along the way. With festive displays, music and narration, this is a steam train experience not to be missed!

Before boarding, witness the big switch on as we light up the darkness of Sheffield Park Station
Board for the magical journey and be seated in the luxury of your own compartment with your party; keeping your visit safe and enjoyable. Add a special picnic box stuffed with tasty treats and drinks at time of booking and we will put them in your compartment to make the journey extra special!
Journey through the Sussex countryside under cover of darkness, bringing shimmering light and colour as you go. Along the way, enjoy festive scenes among the trees and clearings and a colourful light show orchestrated in time with music and narration. A multi-sensory feast!
Arrive at Horsted Keynes Station and disembark for 30 minutes to take photographs of your spectacular train covered in lights. The atmospheric country station adorned with lights and festive decoration provides the perfect backdrop.
As you return to Sheffield Park, enjoy a second chance to sparkle through the countryside and view the festive scenes you may have missed the first time.
The whole experience will be approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a separate service to Santa Specials – Santa will not be appearing on our SteamLights service.

Opening Dates: From 5th November, various dates through to 8th January 2022

Price: Table for 4 persons from £110

Brecon Mountain Railway Santa Special

Visit Santa this Christmas and ride the railway to Santa’s grotto – The perfect experience for families with children. Now in its 33rd year and more popular than ever!!! Travel by Steam Hauled Train from Pant Station to Santa’s Grotto in Pontsticill where everyone will receive a present from Father Christmas.
All Children and Babies receive a present from Santa. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies are served to the Adults.

Opening Dates : 27/28th Nov, 4/5, 11/12, 18-22nd Dec 2021

Location : Pant Station, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, CF48 2DD

Telephone : 01685 722988 

Prices : £17.00 per adult, £14.75 per child 2-15, Babies under 2 years are free

Bressingham Steam & Gardens Christmas

Father Christmas and his wife and elves, will be at Bressingham. Why not stay all afternoon and visit Walmington on Sea at Christmas.

This year Santa is including:

A ride on the Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone
For those up to the age of 12 a visit to Father Christmas and a present from him. Rides on the Gallopers are included too.
The Dads Army Exhibition will be decorated for Christmas
There will be food available at the Garden Centre if you arrive before Santa is ready and at The Steam Museum too during your visit.

Opening Dates : 28 November, 4/5, 11/12, and 18,19,20,21,22,23,24 December 2021. Entry times vary depending on the day.

Location : Low Rd, Diss IP22 2AA

Telephone : 01379 686900

Price : Adult (advance) tickets are £12.50. Children (advance) 3-12 £15.50
under 3’s (advance) requiring a present are £8.00
Tickets on the day will be £1 per person more than in advance – if there are any still available.

Bure Valley Railway Festive Express

Photo Credit: Bure Valley Railway

Hop on board one of our Festive Express steam trains this December. Enjoy a 1 hour experience from our Aylsham Station including festive treats, a 30 minute steam train ride and a guest appearance from Santa.

Each child will receive a personalised present from Santa himself.

Itinerary
Arrive at Aylsham Station 20-30 minutes before your train departs to collect your boarding pass and festive refreshments to enjoy on your journey. You will have your own heated private compartment for your party.

Once everyone has boarded, the train will depart our brightly decorated station to Brampton. Wave to your Steam engine from your carriage as it turns around before returning.

As you make your way back to Aylsham Station Santa will be waiting to greet you on his sleigh. Stay seated in the warmth of your carriage as we call you forward to collect your children’s personalised present from Santa.

Opening Dates: 4th,5th,11th,12th,18th,19th, 20th,21st,22nd,23rd,24th Dec 2021

Location : Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW

Telephone: 01263 733858

Price: £15 per person

Chasewater Light Railway

Take a steam train ride through the beautiful Chasewater Country Park. Have an audience with Santa at our North Pole Station, enjoy age related gifts for the children and get in the festive mood with fully decorated carriages and stations. It’s a traditional family get together, and one that brings people back year after year.

Opening Dates : 28th Nov/4th & 5th Dec/ 11th & 12th / 18th & 19th 20th 23rd & 24th December 2021

Location : Brownhills West Station, Pool Lane, Brownhills, Staffordshire, WS8 7NL

Telephone : 01543 452623

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Thank you for taking a peak at our Santa Steam Specials which will operate in late November and throughout December 2021, when all trains will begin their journey at Princes Risborough with Santa welcoming everyone onboard. We will then travel with Santa to his North Pole station where we will halt-a-while for refreshments and a much anticipated visit to Santa’s workshop to pick-up that important first Christmas present! On the return journey Santa will pass through the carriages to ensure his Elves have pleased all the young folks with their presents. The whole experience from leaving Princes Risborough Platform 4 to arriving back again will take around one and a half hours.

Santa says he hopes that this Christmas will look much more normal – but he thinks it’s best to continue doing some things differently to help stop the spread of the virus. For example, we’ll be managing social distancing by seating family groups at their own individual tables in Open-plan carriages, plus there will be a limited number of separate compartments away from other passengers for those who prefer them. The most important thing is that we’ll do our best to provide all of the usual elements of our Santa experience; the train ride, the opportunity to meet Santa, beveridges plus mince pies or biscuits, and a present for all the younger children (0-12 years).

Christmas comes but once a year and we want to make it a truly memorable occasion – Santa says we really want you to have a great time and enjoy that festive feeling.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family onboard!

Opening Dates: 27 & 28 November; 04, 05, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23 December 2021

Location : Platform 4, Princes Risborough Station, Buckinghamshire HP27 9DN.

Telephone : 01844 353535

Price: Open Carriage Seating – £16 per Seat, Compartment Seating – £95 fixed price for the entire Compartment for up to 6 people

Colne Valley Railway Santa Special

Still waiting for details about Christmas 2021

Opening Dates: TBC for 2021

Location : 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

Location : 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

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

Telephone: 01594 845840

Price: TBC for 2021

Derwent Valley Light Railway

For many families the highlight of their Christmas is a trip on the Santa Special at Derwent Valley Light Railway. The station holds a warm and welcoming glow as the fires are lit and the decorations adorn the building, platform and tunnel.

Opening Dates : TBC for 2021

Location : Murton Park, Murton, York, YO19 5UF

Telephone : 01904 489966

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

Location : 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

Location : 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

Location : 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: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December

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

Telephone: 01629 823076

Price: From £60 per six person carriage tickets available CLICK HERE to book

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

Location : 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.

Seating
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

Location : 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

Location : 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

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

Telephone: 01386 422282

Price: TBC for 2021

Foxfield Railway Santa Special

Further details to be announced

Opening Dates : 27th/28th November, 4/5/11/12/18/19/24th December 2021

Location : Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9BG

Telephone : 01782 396210

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

Location : 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

Location : 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

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

Telephone: 01509 632323

Price: TBC for 2021

Groundle Glen Railway Christmas Specials

Our ever popular Santa Trains – Bring the family to take a trip on the train from the festive North Pole Halt to see Santa in his grotto in the winter wonderland of Santa’s Halt. Ticket includes return train trip, refreshments for all and a present for every child.

Opening Dates: Santa Trains 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th December :10am – 3pm

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

Telephone: 01624 670453

Price: TBC for 2021

Hampton Kempton Waterworks Railway

No information available yet but the website states the volunteers are working hard to put together a fantastic Santa Special for 2021

Opening Dates : TBC for 2021

Location : Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 6XH

Telephone : 01932 765328

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

Location : 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

Location : 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

Kent and East Sussex Railwayhave been welcoming families to meet Santa on their trains for 46 years! There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a steam train ride knowing your child will meet Santa and receive a gift, all from the comfort of your allocated seats. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!

The experience for 2021 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 on the train giving presents to your children – have your camera ready to capture that all-important moment!

Availability
The trains are formed of open-plan style carriages with tables or exclusive private compartments. Choose from:

Standard class table for up to 4 people
First class table for up to 4 people
Standard class compartment for up to 8 people from one family group
First class compartment for up to 6 people from one family group

Opening Dates:  4th/5th, 11th/12th, 18th/19th, 21st/22nd/23rd & 24th December 2021

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

Telephone: 01580 765155

Price: From £100 for a carriage of 4, CLICK HERE to book

Kirklees Light Railway Events

Kirklees Light Railway are going all out for Christmas this year, with three separate Christmas themed events taking place.

Mrs Claus Christmas Adventure

There’s a real treat in store for the young ones this Christmas as they join Mrs Claus for her Christmas Adventure!
Bring your little ones (age 0-5) on Mrs Claus’ BRAND NEW Christmas Adventure at the KLR and enjoy a magical day out.

You’ll start your adventure with a return steam train ride* to Mrs Claus’ cosy cabin at Cuckoo’s Nest where the little ones will receive a special golden coin from one of Santa’s elves.

Upon your return from Cuckoo’s Nest, you’ll visit Mrs Claus for an enchanting Yuletide tale.

After storytime is over, you’ll be invited to meet the Claus family’s very special guest – one of Santa’s baby reindeer**!

After going ga-ga over the gorgeous reindeer, the little ones will be able to spend their golden coin in Mrs Claus’ special Christmas shop, selecting a gift of their very own to take home and cherish.

Also included in your ticket price:

Rides on the miniature ride-on railway around the duck pond
Access to the playground at Clayton West
Platform rides aboard Tram No. 7
*The time you select when booking your tickets is the time your train will DEPART Clayton West Station – please don’t be late!

**The baby reindeer is a life-like puppet, not a real reindeer (#managingexpectations)

PLEASE NOTE: Mrs Claus’ Christmas Adventure does NOT feature a visit to see Santa. If you want to meet Santa in his grotto, you’ll need to book onto our separate Santa Specials event.

Christmas Elf Experience

WHOOPS! Two of Santa’s cheeky elves have missed the sleigh and failed to make it to the North Pole!
So, Santa has set them to work, recruiting new elves into the festive ranks.

Have you got what it takes to join Team Santa? Come and find out in our BRAND NEW Christmas Elf Experience at Clayton West Station!

This enchanting 45 minute adventure will see new elf recruits (young and old!) learning just what it takes to be a cheeky Christmas elf.

Led by only the very cheekiest of Santa’s elves, you’ll learn how to walk, talk and act like an elf; there’ll be singalongs, perhaps a little bit of mayhem, definitely some sparkle and maybe even a few Christmassy craft activities to complete.

Also included in your ticket price:

Rides on the miniature ride-on railway around the duck pond
Access to the playground at Clayton West
The time you select when booking your tickets is the time your experience starts at Clayton West Station – please don’t be late!

PLEASE NOTE: The Christmas Elf Experience does NOT feature a visit to see Santa or a train ride. If you want to meet Santa in his grotto, you’ll need to book onto our Santa Specials separately

Santa Specials

This festive season, step aboard the steam-heated carriages of our Santa Specials & be transported to the North Pole.
Whilst at the North Pole, you will have a one-on-one meeting with the big guy himself inside his cosy grotto, filled with sacks of presents for the good girls & boys.

Santa’s cheeky elf will be causing Christmas chaos at the Shelley North Pole – will you spot them?!

There’ll be a complimentary edible festive treat and drink for everyone plus the opportunity to make up a bag of magical reindeer food to take home with you and write out your Christmas wish to hang on the magical Wishing Tree.

You’ll also be able to have a Yuletide whizz around the duck pond on our ride-on miniature train at the front of Clayton West Station.

Your ticket will be valid for a return journey from Clayton West Station to Shelley North Pole on a reserved, timed service with allocated seating.

The time you select is the time your train will DEPART Clayton West Station – please do not be late as the trains will not wait!

** IMPORTANT INFO **

Tickets for the 2021 Santa Specials will be released in stages to allow for the KLR to keep up with changes to COVID restrictions as the year progresses and allow for COVID secure measures to be in place if necessary (such as social distancing on the Santa trains).

If you book tickets in the first wave release, we will NOT be able to move them to a different date/time if/when there is a second wave of tickets released.

Therefore, please only make a booking if you’re certain about the date/time.

Opening Dates: Mrs Claus Christmas Adventure – Selected dates from 22 November – 17 December 2021. Christmas Elf Experience – Selected dates from 4 – 24 December 2021. Santa Specials – Selected dates from 27 November – 24 December 2021

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

Telephone: 01484 865727

Price: Check individual Experience for prices

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: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 – 24 December.

Location : 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

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

Telephone : 01525 373888

Price : TBC for 2021

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Santa Specials

Further details to be announced.

Opening Dates : 11th/12th, 18th/19th December 2021

Location : Ludborough station is situated half way between the villages of Ludborough and Fulstow on the Grimsby to Louth stretch of the A16. SatNav users should enter DN36 5SH as the destination postcode.

Telephone : 01507 363881

Prices : 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

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

Telephone: 01772 728800

Price: TBC for 2021

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Santa Specials

further details to be released.

You will travel from Brockford Station to meet the Santa at North Pole Halt. Each child will be given a present by Santa from his Magic brake van. After your journey, stop and watch the model layout, the steam traction engine and listen to the Dutch Street organ.

Opening Dates and Times : TBC for 2021

Location : Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW

Telephone : 01449 766874

Price : TBC for 2021

Nene Valley Railway

Santa & his Wansford Station Team have all the dates for his Santa Steam Journey’s for Christmas 2021 booked, confirmed & set in their diaries.

Tickets available to book soon, check out the website for further details of whats included with each different ticket type.

Opening Dates and Times : Selected dates from 27th Nov to 24th Dec 2021

Location : Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough, PE8 6LR

Telephone : 01780 784444

Prices : 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!

There looks to be a Santa Special too, details TBC

Opening Dates: Various dates from 15th November 2021.

Location : 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

Location : 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

Location : 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: Pickering Santa Specials – 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December
More details to follow

Grosmont Santa Specials – 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December
More details to follow

Location : Pickering Station, Pickering, YO18 7AJ

Telephone: 01751 472508

Price: TBC for 2021

Peak Rail Santa Specials

Further details to follow

Opening Dates and Times : TBC for 2021

Location : Matlock Station, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NA

Telephone : 07340 583317

Prices : TBC for 2021

Ravenglass and Eskdale Santa Specials

further details to follow

Opening Dates and Times : 27th/28th November 4th/5th, 11th/12th, 18th/19th, 20th/21st/22nd/23rd December 2021

Location : Railway Station, Ravenglass CA18 1SW

Telephone : 01229 717171

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: hoping for 18th to 24th December 2021.

Location : 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

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

Telephone: 01797 362353

Price: TBC for 2021

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway Santa Specials

Every year in December we run our signature event in association with Rudyard Lake, our Santa Specials.

These trains depart from Rudyard Station and you will enjoy a scenic steam train ride before seeing Santa who will first sail past in his boat on his way to the Grotto. The train then returns to The Dam station where you will alight and take a short walk over to see Santa in his Grotto. The Grotto is inside in the warmth and dry of the Lake Visitor Centre where sherry, soft drinks, mince pies and biscuits will be served whilst you wait your turn to see Santa. After seeing Santa you will then catch a train back to the car park at Rudyard Station.

Opening Dates and Times : 2021 SANTA SPECIALS WILL RUN ON 11, 12, 18 and 19 DECEMBER

Location : Rudyard Road, Rudyard, Leek, Staffs ST13 8PF

Telephone : 01538 269948

Prices : £15 per person, 2021 TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN EARLY OCTOBER 2021

Ruislip Lido Railway

Santa is a very busy man around Christmas time, but once again, he has managed to find a space in his diary to visit the Ruislip Lido Railway.

Trains will run regularly from approx 11:20am until 5:00pm. You should allow approx 1.5 – 2 hours for your visit.

Your adventure will start from Willow Lawn Station (by the Waters Edge carvery and car parks), where you will board one of our trains at the time shown on your ticket that you booked for. The train ride, lasting about 12 minutes, will carry you on an enchanting ride through the woods and around the Lido to Santa’s Grotto at Woody Bay Station. Watch out for all the lights and decorations at both stations, and also along the way as you travel through the woods. On arrival at Woody Bay, Santa will be waiting for a chat with the children and a photo opportunity with all the family before EVERYONE (yes – grown-ups too!) receive their presents. Once you’ve seen Santa, you may stay at Woody Bay as long as you wish before catching any train back to Willow Lawn Station, with another opportunity to see the trackside decorations along the way.

In addition to meeting the big man himself, pop in to our Turntable Tea Room where there will be our full range of hot & cold drinks and light refreshments. And for every hot drink purchased in our Tea Room, you’ll get a FREE MINCE PIE!

Opening Dates and Times : 5th/ 11th/ 12th/ 18th December 2021

Location : Reservoir Road London HA4 7TY

Telephone : 01895 622595

Price : TBC for 2021 ONLINE BOOKING OPENS FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 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

Location : 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

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

Telephone: 01562 757900

Price: TBC for 2021

Sittingbourne Steam Railway Santa Special

The fare includes the roundtrip from Sittingbourne Viaduct station, departing on the hour, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete your ticket and voucher collection.

After the 15 minute journey to Kemsley Down, Father Christmas leads passengers to the Footplate Café where adults receive their seasonal refreshments and children visit Santa’s Grotto. One adult must accompany a child visiting Santa – the child will be able to choose a gift from a selection of quality toys.

There will be some time afterwards to venture out and look around Kemsley Down where we have a shop, museum and garden railway.

The train will return to Sittingbourne Viaduct station to complete the entire trip within two hours.

Opening Dates and Times : Trains will depart from Sittingbourne Viaduct station at 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm on 4/5, 11/12, 18/19/20 December 2021.

Location : Sittingbourne Retail Park, The Wall, Sittingbourne ME10 2XD

Telephone : 01795 424899

Price : TBC for 2021

South Tynedale Railway Santa Specials

further details to follow for 2021 specials

Opening Dates and Times : TBC for 2021

Location : The Railway Station, Alston, Cumbria CA9 3JB

Telephone : 01434 338212

Price : TBC for 2021

Statfold Barn Santa Express

Children will collect their Golden Tickets as the whole family join our jolly elves and climb aboard the Statfold Santa Express and be transported to the North Pole in the beautifully lit steam train where an abundance of fun and excitement awaits.

Opening Dates and Times : 26th, 27th & 28th November 2021, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December 2021

Location : Ashby Road, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 0BU

Telephone : 01827 830389

Price : 10% off all tickets purchased before 30th June. Adult £16.65 (£18.50 after June 30) Child Ticket (3 – 14 years) £21.25 (£23.50 after June 30)

Family 2 Adults & 2 Children £72.00 (£80.00 after June 30)

Family 1 Adult & 3 Children £76.50 (£85.00 after June 30)

​Under 3’s FREE (Babies in arms or toddlers go free, however will not be seeing Santa or taking part in the children’s activities.)

​Concession (65+) £14.85 (£16.50 after June 30) Carer FREE (Proof required on gate.)

Swanage Railway Santa Specials

awaiting further details for 2021

Opening Dates and Times : TBC for 2021

Location : Station House, Railway Station Approach, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HB

Telephone : 01929 425800

Price : TBC for 2021

Looking for other experiences in Dorset, check out Christmas in Dorset

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

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

Telephone: 01962 733810

Price: TBC for 2021

West Lancashire Light Railway Santa Specials

Join us in a short ride on a Santa Special steam train to Toyland, and meet Father Christmas! All children receive a present from Santa, and adults can enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie.

Booking is essential – further information nearer the time.

Opening Dates and Times : 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December

Location : Station Rd, Hesketh Bank, nr Preston PR4 6SP

Telephone : 01772 815 881

Price : TBC for 2021

West Somerset Railway Santa Express

further details to follow for 2021 Santa Express

Opening Dates and Times : TBC for 2021

Location : The Railway Station, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG

Telephone : 01643 704 996

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: The Elf Express will run every weekend from the Saturday 27th November to Sunday 19th December AND will run up to Christmas from Monday 20th December – Christmas Eve.

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

Telephone: 01535 645214

Price: Tickets on sale in July

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 ?

Have you visited a Christmas Tree Farm yet to pick the perfect tree ?

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