82 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 2022
  2. 72 Santa Trains To Experience in 2022
  3. Alderney Railway Santa Special
  4. Christmas at Amberley Museum
  5. Amerton Railway Santa Specials
  6. ​Apedale Valley Light Railway Santa Special
  7. Audley End Christmas Special
  8. Avon Valley Railway Santa Special
  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. East Somerset Railway Santa By Starlight
  25. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Magical Christmas Journey
  26. Embsay & Bolton Abbey Santa Special
  27. Epping Ongar Railway Santa Special 
  28. Epping Ongar Light Fantastic
  29. Evesham Vale Light Railway
  30. Foxfield Railway Santa Special
  31. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
  32. Great Central Railway Santa Steam Train
  33. Great Central Railway Winter Wonderlights
  34. Groundle Glen Railway Christmas Specials
  35. Hampton Kempton Waterworks Railway
  36. Hayling Railway Santa Special
  37. Isle of Wight Steam Railway Santa Special
  38. Keith & Dufftown Railway Santa Specials
  39. Kent and East Sussex Railway Santa Special
  40. Lappa Valley Christmas
  41. Leighton Buzzard Railway Christmas Special
  42. Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Santa Specials
  43. Midland Railway – Butterley Santa Specials
  44. Mid Suffolk Light Railway Santa Specials
  45. Nene Valley Railway
  46. Norfolk Lights Express
  47. Norfolk Santa Specials
  48. Northampton & Lamport Railway Santa Special
  49. North Bay Heritage Railway Santa Special
  50. North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Reimagined
  51. Peak Rail Santa Specials
  52. Perrygrove Twilight Trains
  53. Perrygrove VIP Father Christmas Experience
  54. Ravenglass and Eskdale Santa Specials
  55. Ribbles Santa Specials
  56. Rhyl Miniature Railway Santa Train
  57. Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Santa Special
  58. Rudyard Lake Steam Railway Santa Specials
  59. Ruislip Lido Railway
  60. Severn Valley Railway Santa Trains
  61. Severn Valley Railway Steam in Lights
  62. Sittingbourne Steam Railway Santa Special
  63. Statfold Barn Santa Express
  64. Swanage Railway Steam and Lights
  65. Watercress Line Steam Illuminations
  66. West Lancashire Light Railway Santa Specials
  67. West Somerset Railway Santa Express
  68. West Somerset Railway Winter Lights
  69. Worth Valley Elf Express
  70. Whistlestop Valley

The most popular Santa Trains are the Polar Express, which currently has ten destinations confirmed for 2022, 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 2022

NEW* Churnet Valley Railway

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

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Churnet Valley Railway FB Page

Ticket Price: A limited number of advanced Tickets are available to purchase for 2022 NOW ! CLICK HERE to book

Dates: Various dates from 18th November to 23rd December 2022

Timescale: It is an approx one hour journey.

NEW* Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

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

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Polar Express Cholsey and Wallingford FB page

Ticket Price : TBC for 2022

Dates : TBC for 2022

Timescale : The whole experience lasts about 2 hours.

Mid Norfolk Railway

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

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Mid Norfolk Railway FB Page

Ticket Price: TBC for 2022 you can sign up for their newsletter HERE to be notified when the tickets go on sale

Dates: TBC for 2022

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

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Seaton Tramway FB Page

Ticket Price: TBC for 2022. You can sign up for their newsletter HERE to be notified when the tickets go on sale

Dates: TBC for 2022

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

South Devon Railway

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

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Polar Express Devon FB Page

Ticket Price: TBC for 2022. You can sign up for their newsletter HERE to be notified when the tickets go on sale

Dates: TBC for 2022

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

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Polar Express Spa Valley FB Page

Ticket Price : TBC for 2022. You can sign up for their newsletter HERE to be notified when the tickets go on sale

Dates : TBC for 2022

Timescale : The whole experience lasts about 2 hours.

Telford Steam Railway

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

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Telford Steam Railway FB Page

Ticket Price: TBC for 2022

Dates: TBC for 2022

Timescale : The whole experience lasts about 2 hours.

Wensleydale Railway

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

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Polar Express Train Ride at Wensleydale FB Page

Ticket Price: A limited number of advanced Tickets are available to purchase for 2022 NOW ! CLICK HERE to book

Dates: TBC for 2022

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.

Caledonian Railway Polar Express

Location : Brechin Station, Park Road, Brechin, DD9 7AF.

Following the great success of Caledonian Polar Express event in 2021, tickets for 2022 will be going on sale soon.

Please keep an eye on the website to be the first to find out about the exciting 2022 event.

Polar Express Social media Updates : Find out the latest news on Caledonian Railway FB page

Isle Of Man Railway Polar Express

Location : 4 Railway Terrace, Douglas, Isle of Man

Ticket Price: TBC

Dates: TBC

Timescale : The return journey lasts around 1 hour.

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.

72 Santa Trains To Experience in 2022

Alderney Railway Santa Special

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Christmas at Amberley Museum

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

Father Christmas is returning to Amberley and bringing the festive spirit with him.

Join us each weekend leading up to the big day as we celebrate the holidays with a selection of Christmas activities and maybe even meet the big man himself.

What can visitors see and do at this event?

Meet Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special gift for the children (Pre-booking required)

Explore our 12 Days of Christmas family trail

Send Father Christmas a telegram in the Connected Earth building

Pick up a yuletide message from the Print Shop

Find handmade wooden ornaments and reindeer down in the Greenwood Village

Browse our Christmas Craft Market in Humphrey’s Barn

Enjoy Christmas lunches and festive refreshments in the Limeburners’ Café

Our popular narrow-gauge railway and buses will be running, all day, every day.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Amerton Railway Santa Specials

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

​Apedale Valley Light Railway Santa Special

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

Like so many things, Christmas at Apedale will be different in 2021. We have worked hard to develop an experience which will be affordable, enjoyable and safe.

Your party will board our steam train at the platform adjacent to the Apedale Heritage Centre, and the train will run to the far end of our railway. There, your party can leave the train and step into an open-sided grotto where they will meet Santa – and each child will receive a gift. Once everyone has been to visit Santa, the train will return to the starting point.

Each party gets its own compartment – we will not mix groups in the same compartment.

The experience will last between 45 minutes and an hour. IMPORTANT:- You will be outdoors or on our open-sided train coaches, so it’s really important that you dress appropriately.

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Audley End Christmas Special

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Avon Valley Railway Santa Special

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

 

If you’ve visited us recently you’ll know that we’ve changed the way we’re selling tickets with each family group being seated in their own compartment or area with table seating of up to eight people, separate from other passengers. To book, simply choose the date and time you wish to travel and select one of the available compartments. Then, select the different ticket types for the people travelling with you and ‘seat not required’ for any you don’t need. That just stops anyone else from being able to sit with you on the day to help maintain social distancing. However, if you book six or more seats we’ll offer you a 10% discount on all the seats purchased, so why not bring grandparents or other family members with you and make the most of seeing Santa! Trains will depart at 10:20, 11:40, 13:00, 14:20 and 15:40.

Once onboard, you’ll enjoy a mince pie or festive biscuit as you travel the line and when you return to Bitton Station you’ll meet Santa and have the chance to take family photographs with him. All good boys and girls will receive a present from him too! But, like last year, he’s going to have to make some changes to the gifts he gives out as the virus (and now supply issues caused by Brexit) is causing no end of problems for his elves in Lapland. They’re having real problems getting hold of the things they need to make presents for all the little boys and girls. Therefore, specifically for this year, he’ll be giving a gift suitable for all ages 1 – 7 which will be in the form of a high quality Avon Valley Railway ‘Station Master’ plush teddy bear with a couple of presents suitable for our youngest infant visitors as well as older boys and girls aged 8+.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Battlefield Line Railway’s Santa Experience

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Bluebell Railway Santa Special

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Brecon Mountain Railway Santa Special

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Bressingham Steam & Gardens Christmas

Location : Low Rd, Diss IP22 2AA

Christmas is always a magical time at Bressingham and is a very special experience for all the family. Under twinkling fairy lights, your Christmas visit to Bressingham includes a ride on the Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone both young and old, a festive spin on the Gallopers and a visit to Father Christmas, including a present, for children up to the age of 12 years.

Add to that the fun of a wander round a very Christmassy Walmington-on-sea in the Exhibition Hall to see the Dad’s Army display and vehicles decorated especially for the season and you’ll find that there’s something for all ages to enjoy together at Bressingham this Christmas.

Why not treat everyone to a yummy hot chocolate from the Café and give them a chance to add a few items to their Christmas lists (or tick a few items off yours) with a trip to our Gift shop too, where you’ll find our fantastic range of BigJigs trains, track and accessories. Book your tickets now, wrap up warm and come and make some wonderful Christmas memories at Bressingham this year.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Bure Valley Railway Festive Express

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Chasewater Light Railway

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Colne Valley Railway Santa Special

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

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. You will meet Santa in his grotto before travelling on our diesel train to collect your present from Santa’s Toy Shop. Babies need to be inclulded in your party size

Please note you will be booking an arrival time slot, please arrive during this time slot.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Dartmouth Steam Railway Christmas

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

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.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Dean Forest Railway Santa Special

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

Photo Credit: Dean Forest Railway

Visit the Dean Forest Railway this Christmas for your chance to ride behind a real steam engine and meet Santa and his elves on board!

The train will depart from Norchard Station, heading first to Lydney Junction Station, where there is a short stop while the ending runs round (toilet facilities available on the platform). The train will then depart Lydney Junction and head non-stop through the forest to Parkend Station. There will be a short break at Parkend (where toilet facilities are available if needed), before returning back to Norchard Station to complete your 75-minute journey.

When booking you can add on a special Christmas Afternoon Tea, with a turkey, cranberry & stuffing sandwich, cream tea (two scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam), a slice of Christmas cake and a hot drink (with options of tea, hot chocolate and a range of coffees), or for something lighter just the Cream Tea, or a Christmas Picnic Box (with a turkey, cranberry & stuffing sandwich, a slice of Christmas cake and a hot drink), or a Bacon Roll & Hot Drink.

Our cafe will be offering seasonal take-away refreshments all day. Our shop is well stocked with toys and gifts for both young and old. Plenty of stocking filler ideas!

Advance booking is highly recommended for this event, as our Santa Specials trains are usually sold out.

Under 2s travel free, but will not receive a present, and will not be assigned a seat.

Limited wheelchair spaces are available – please call before booking to ensure this space

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Derwent Valley Light Railway

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

Santa loved his staycation at Murton Park so much last year, that he’s decided to do it again and invites you to join him.
Step this way for a magical Christmas experience in Santa’s village. Meet the big man himself in his cosy winter cabin where children will receive Santa money to spend in the Magical Toy Shop. Then take a walk through the village and be enchanted by the elves and peek inside their homes and workshops.
All of this and so much more!
Santa’s Staycation will run on selected dates in November and December

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Didcot Railway Centre Steam Into Christmas

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

East Lancashire Railway Santa Special

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

Santa Train East Lancashire railway
Photo Credit : East Lancashire Railway

Treat the whole family to a magical trip through a winter wonderland as you kick start your Christmas on one of our Santa Specials. There’s a stocking full of family–friendly surprises, magical characters and more.

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere as you take a steam train trip with a host of happy elves and of course, the man himself, Father Christmas! It’s an amazing treat for girls and boys who have been good this year and for ‘grown-ups’ who want to enjoy the nostalgia of steam.

Start your experience with a walk through the beautifully decorated Bury Bolton Street Station, enchantingly lit with countless fairy lights and decked with over 200 Christmas trees. Step out of this gorgeous grotto onto the platform and you’ll see a scene right off of a Christmas card as a steam train waits for you to climb aboard.

Settle into your comfy carriage and continue your adventure up the East Lancs Railway. Santa’s happy helpers keep you and your little ones entertained as your train makes its way to Rawtenstall and back. Before the trip ends, St Nick himself will pay you a special visit and make sure every little one receives a gift (well behaved parents also get a mince pie and a festive tipple).

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this spellbinding Christmas experience – book your tickets now.

Start your journey at Heywood: Board the Santa Shuttle Scenic Diesel Railcar from Heywood to reach Bury Bolton Street Station, the starting point of the Steam-hauled Santa Specials. Tickets for the Santa Shuttle will be available shortly.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

East Somerset Railway Santa Special

Location : Cranmore Railway Station Cranmore BA4 4QP 

We are really excited to be welcomimg Santa again this year – and offering our Santa Special train rides.

You will have a 30 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!)

There will be a Goody Bag for every child to take onto the train which will contain colouring sheets, crayons and a family Santa quiz sheet. Threre will also be a balloon modeller on the platform .Refreshments will be served at the North Pole – including mulled wine and mince pies.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

East Somerset Railway Santa By Starlight

Location : Cranmore Railway Station Cranmore BA4 4QP

We’re so excited, Santa’s back at the North Pole this year. And, he’s looking forward to welcoming you all to his grotto!

As if visiting Santa wasn’t exciting enough, seeing him under starlight gives that added sparkle to your festive fun here at the East Somerset Railway.

On arrival, our young guests will receive a goody bag (containing festive themed colouring sheets, crayons and a Santa based family quizz for you all to enjoy). Then, your party will embark our Special Santa steam train for a delightful 30 minute trip to the North Pole.

At the end of your journey, you will make your way across the line to the North Pole Station. Santa’s elves and our balloon modeller will be there to greet you. Whilst you wait to see Santa there will be festive refreshments of mulled cider and warming hotdogs for you to enjoy. 

Then you get your special time in Santa’s grotto where you can tell him how good you’ve been and receive your gift (if you have been good, of course!). 

Santa looks forward to welcoming you for some festive fun.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Magical Christmas Journey

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

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!

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Santa Special

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

Photo Credit: Embsay & Bolton Railway

Start your Christmas magic at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway this winter with steam trains, seasonal treats and – of course – Santa himself!

This year, we’re offering a range of experiences to bring your festive period to life, including First Class, Premium Compartments, Breakfast with Santa and more.

Every experience includes a one-hour steam train ride, departing from our station at Bolton Abbey (postcode BD23 6AF), a present for children, festive entertainment and a visit from Santa at your seats on-board. Truly magical.

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Epping Ongar Railway Santa Special 

Location : Ongar Station Station Approach Ongar Essex CM5 9BN

Photo Credit : Epping Ongar Railway

HE’S AGREED TO RETURN FOR 2021, SO IT’S ALL ABOARD FOR SANTA’S SPECIAL TRAIN!

“This was by far the best Santa experience on a railway I’ve been on over the years”

Meet Santa on board the train as you journey through the Essex countryside
All children receive a present from Santa
Inclusive connecting heritage bus from Epping Underground Station or Ongar (when selected during booking).
The experience starts at North Weald Station where you will get the chance to get in the spirit with something from one of our festive food or sweet stalls whilst you listen to our live brass band! As you wait for the train perhaps you will meet our characters who will be walking around the crowds looking for the nice children to make sure that Santa will find them later. Naughty children will not be allowed to board the train!

Not long after arriving you will be invited to move over our footbridge; and then take your allocated seats on the train. Whilst the nice children wait for Santa to find them on the train and give them a present, our entertainers will be around to keep you busy. The children will find time to write a letter for Santa or enter our drawing competition. When you return to North Weald there should be time to get a quick picture of the train with the big man himself. However time is limited and this is not guaranteed.

Please note that whilst Santa’s special trains will use the same train as that used for our Epping Ongar Light Fantastic service, the external lights will not be switched on for these trains.

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Epping Ongar Light Fantastic

Location : Station Approach, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9BN

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. It’s the winter experience that you will not want to miss!

The magic begins as soon as you arrive at North Weald; the exterior of the train looks fantastic, but once on board the train, let the magic unfold as the festive music plays and the story begins. As you experience the fantastic illuminations, keep your eyes peeled for amazing displays that can only be seen from the comfort of your seat, and, if you believe in magic, look out for the mystical Tomte hiding along the way.

Our Epping Ongar Light Fantastic services start on 19 November.

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Evesham Vale Light Railway

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

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.

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Foxfield Railway Santa Special

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

The Santa Special at Foxfield has been a favourite for generations!

A traditional Christmas Experience that children and their families will treasure forever, Santa Specials at Foxfield include a train ride, meeting Santa on the train, a goodie bag (a drink & mince pie for the grown ups and cookie and soft drink for the kids) and a small gift for each child plus entertainment all the way!

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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

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

You can choose from two great experiences this year – the loco-hauled Santa Express or the Ride with Santa on our diesel railcar

Ride With Santa – Travel from Toddington station by an early 1960’s diesel rail car with Santa and his elves on board the train, spending lots of time sitting with each family. The number of tickets sold on these trains will be limited, so you will have plenty of space for your family, and there is the added excitement of seeing Santa coming down the train talking to everyone and giving out excellent presents.

Travel by diesel railcar from Toddington over the viaduct towards Broadway, before returning to Toddington.
A great festive spirit on the ten-mile round trip.
Santa travels on the train and visits you at your seat.
Plenty of space on the train as we limit numbers to around 20 children on each trip.
Complimentary mince pies, hot and cold drinks, biscuits and fruit, in a heated marquee.
Top quality presents for the children.
Babies under 1 year old require a ticket but travel free and receive a nominal present only.
An ideal visit for smaller children who might be concerned when meeting Santa in a busy grotto.
Your Santa experience lasts about an hour and a quarter (but allow longer in case of delays).
Due to the age of the carriages we regret that wheelchair access is not available.
We regret that dogs are not permitted on Santa trains. This does not apply to assistance dogs.
Free parking at Toddington station.

Santa Express – Travel from Toddington Station by loco-hauled train to the North Pole (Winchcombe) where you’ll meet Santa and his elves in a wonderland of lights, trees, and decorations. The number of tickets sold on these trains will be limited, so you will have either your own private compartment or specially reserved seats in an open carriage for your family.

Travel by loco-hauled train from Toddington to the North Pole (at Winchcombe) to meet Santa and then back to Toddington.
Walk through a Christmas wonderland and visit Santa; lots of twinkling lights and great presents.
Complimentary mince pies, hot and cold drinks, biscuits and fruit in the station coffee shop, with seating available in a heated marquee.
Top quality presents for the children.
Babies under 1 year old require a ticket but travel free and receive a nominal present only.
Limited facilities for those with disabilities on the trains – please telephone before booking to confirm that there is space on your chosen train.
Your Santa experience lasts about an hour and three quarters (but allow longer in case of unexpected delays).
We regret that dogs are not permitted on the Santa Express. This does not apply to assistance dogs.
Free parking at Toddington Station.

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Great Central Railway Santa Steam Train

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

Photo Credit: Great Central Railway

Make your Christmas extra special by joining us on our Santa Steam Trains. It’s the perfect start to your family Christmas…

We’re delighted to confirm that Santa will be back at the Great Central Railway at Quorn & Woodhouse Station in 2021, and he’ll be visiting passengers on our Santa Express trains.

Pre-booking is essential for our Santa Trains.

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.

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Great Central Railway Winter Wonderlights

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

A magical journey by steam train!
We’re delighted to confirm that our popular Winter Wonderlights experience is returning this year. See the Great Central Railway like you’ve never seen it before. During the Festive period on selcted dates from 4th December, as well as on selected dated between Christmas and New Year our “Winter Wonderlights” experience can be enjoyed once again as we return for our third year.

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.
An increased amount of line side displays this year as we expand the event.
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.
Please note that there is no Santa on the Winter Wonderlights trains.

The Winter Wonderlights trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse station (LE12 8AG) in 2021

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Groundle Glen Railway Christmas Specials

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

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.

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Hampton Kempton Waterworks Railway

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

Box Office Opens soon for Santa Train

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Hayling Railway Santa Special

Location : Sea Front, Hayling Island PO11 0AG

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway Santa Special

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

Hello Children!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I am pleased to say that I will be making the Isle of Wight Steam Railway my official home again this year.

My friends at the Steam Railway have been busy helping me get everything ready for the big day; they’ve even given me an extra special space to meet everyone, inside one of their beautiful Victorian carriages. I look forward to hearing all your Christmas wishes and if you’ve been good I will have a special gift for each and every child who visits me.

I look forward to seeing you all… oh and don’t forget to leave milk and cookies for me on Christmas Eve… and a carrot for the reindeer.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Keith & Dufftown Railway Santa Specials

Location : Dufftown, Keith AB55 4BA

So join us for a leisurely return journey to the North Pole (Drummuir) and meet Santa in his Winter Wonderland and get a present.
Parents, Grandparents and/or carers are encouraged to accompany children and take photos (no charge).
At the ‘North Pole’ there is a small picnic area and opportunities for more photos as a family and with Santa. Passengers are able to get off to stretch their legs and perhaps have a snowball fight!! while others can stay on the train if they prefer.

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Kent and East Sussex Railway Santa Special

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

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

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Lappa Valley Christmas

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

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!

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Leighton Buzzard Railway Christmas Special

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

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.

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Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Santa Specials

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.

A warm welcome everyone….Christmas is not so far in the distance and Santa is getting prepared to visit the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.
Join us as you steam along onboard our Heritage Steam Railway – The only standard gauge heritage steam railway in Lincolnshire.
Get in the Christmas spirit as Santa visits you during your journey with his team of Elves and take your own photos with him at the end of the journey.
Please ideally print your tickets to bring along on the day or you can show your tickets on your phone.
We can’t wait to welcome you onboard this Christmas.

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Midland Railway – Butterley Santa Specials

Location : Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ

As the Festive Season is getting into full swing why not give the whole family an exciting treat by taking a trip on a Santa Special Train. The children get to see Santa, there’s a treat for the adults, entertainment for the whole family and all without queues. Car Parking is free too.

This special festive treat features:
• See Santa train.
• A quality gift for every child*
• A miniature bottle of spirits and a mince pie for every adult, delivered to your seat.
• Pinxton Puppet Show in a heated and decorated marquee after your train journey.
• Animatronics tableau.

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Mid Suffolk Light Railway Santa Specials

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

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.

Bookings will open mid-October

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Nene Valley Railway

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

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 now, check out the website for further details of whats included with each different ticket type.

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Norfolk Lights Express

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

The Norfolk Lights Express is an immersive, wintertime experience that is fun for the whole family! Arrive after dark at Sheringham Station and you’ll be greeted by the magical sight of a steam hauled train illuminated by thousands of tiny lights. The Old Luggage Office buffet will be open for you to purchase hot soup, hot drinks, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, delicious homemade cakes and savoury refrshments.

Since its debut in 2019, The Norfolk Lights Express has become firmly established as a favourite seasonal treat. As your train steams from Sheringham to Holt and back, you’ll pass a series of colourful, lit-up dioramas and literally see the countryside adjoining the track in a whole new light as the on board lights shine on the scenery in a series of changing colours.

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Norfolk Santa Specials

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

Join us for a magical seasonal trip. Step onto the platform at Sheringham Station and see the steam gently rising around the carriages as Santa’s Special Train waits for you to board. Grab a hot soup, drink or delicious homemade refreshments from The Old Luggage Office buffet and climb aboard the train of historic carriages ready for a journey to meet Father Christmas himself.

The helpful station staff will show you to your reserved seats where you can settle back, listen for the Guard’s whistle and watch him wave his green flag to send the train on its way. With a toot from the engine and a whoosh of steam you’re off – next stop Santa’s grotto!

Alight at the charming Edwardian Station at Weybourne, enjoy seasonal refreshments for adults and children and stroll through the marvelously decorated and themed Christmas Tree Kingdom en route to see Santa and his elves. There’s a wrapped present for every child and time for photographs before you rejoin the train for the run back to Sheringham.

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Northampton & Lamport Railway Santa Special

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

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.

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North Bay Heritage Railway Santa Special

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

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not kick off the festive season by heading down to the Scarborough North Bay Railway for our famous Santa Specials!

Fun for all the family – all aboard the magical Christmas Express, immerse yourself in festive wonder as this very special train takes you on a journey to Lapland Central.

Whilst waiting to see Santa, adults can enjoy complimentary seasonal refreshments including mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine, with juice and biscuits for the children. There will be the chance to have a ride on Santa’s sleigh, letters to write to Santa, activity sheets and more to keep all entertained!

Once it is your time, you will be led by our mischievous elves to the beautifully decorated Grotto to spend some quality time with the man himself and receive a special gift. After all, Santa knows if you have been bad or good!

Your Santa Special experience will last for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Please note if you have previously visited, the event will differ in format to previous years.

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Reimagined

Location : Pickering Station, Pickering, YO18 7AJ

Photo Credit: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Join Santa and his special team of elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

This enchanting Christmas experience sees Mr. Claus and his jolly helpers pass through the heritage carriages, giving children a chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train, and gifting special presents to the children onboard – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

🎅 Santa will visit you in your seat and check if you’ve been good or bad.
🧝 Meet Santa’s Helpers onboard as they tell Christmas stories along the way!
🎁 Soft toy for Children aged 3-15 which they can complete themselves.
🎁 Soft toy for each child aged 0-2*.
🎒 NYMR Christmas backpack.
⏱️ The return journey lasts approx. 1 hour on board the Santa Express from Pickering or Grosmont.

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Peak Rail Santa Specials

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

Santa wishes you a Merry Christmas and hopes that you will join him at Rowsley South Station, before boarding his magical steam train.

All Santa Trains will depart from Rowsley South Station ONLY and will run to Matlock Platform 2 (return journey). T

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Santa and his elves bearing age suited gifts will visit every boy and girl on the train.

Mince Pie and Hot Chocolate for Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas (special dietary catered for please advise at the time of booking).

Sit back and relax and enjoy professional entertainers during your journey.

Beautifully decorated coaches piped with festive music.

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Perrygrove Twilight Trains

Location : Perrygrove Farm, Perrygrove Road Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8QB

Hop aboard our night time train for a magical journey through our illuminated woods and stop off to see Father Christmas at his snowy station.

Watch the musical arrival of the train at Perrygrove Station then take your pre-booked seats aboard the Twilight Express. Journey past the frozen river and keep a good watch for Father Christmas on his rounds. On arrival at the end station enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate before setting off on the return journey. The train stops on the way back to check in with Father Christmas who will hand out a token gift to all the children. These are wooden tree decorations unique to Perrygrove. There are lots of illuminations to spot along the way – can you find all the monkeys and the panda’s!?!

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Perrygrove VIP Father Christmas Experience

Location : Perrygrove Farm, Perrygrove Road Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8QB

Up to 8 people for a private show featuring Father Christmas arriving down the chimney into his cosy Festive Engine Shed. Spend 25 minutes with Father Christmas as he talks to the children, tells a Perrygrove Railway story and hands out bespoke gifts for your children and enjoy festive crafts.

Enjoy a steam train ride in your private carriage and tuck into a festive cream tea laid on just for your group.

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Ravenglass and Eskdale Santa Specials

Location : Railway Station, Ravenglass CA18 1SW

Our Santa Express event is back for 2021! Join us for a return trip to Dalegarth on one of our steam engines and whilst at Dalegarth, visit Santa in his grotto and receive your present.

Stu-Di-Doo will be there to entertain everyone as well as plenty of activities at your reserved table. All tickets for the Santa Express must be booked in advance. You must arrive no later than 15 minutes before departure.

You will want to arrive in good time as Santa has asked that you all receive a hot chocolate on arrival at Ravenglass station.

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Ribbles Santa Specials

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

Photo Credit: Ribble Steam Railway

Our popular Santa Specials will be returning to Ribble Steam Railway for six special days in December 2021.

You may find that your Santa experience will be a little different this year, we have made a few changes to keep everyone happy and safe.

Santa will be back providing Christmas joy and cheer, handing out presents to all the children on our festive vintage trains.

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Rhyl Miniature Railway Santa Train

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

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Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Santa Special

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

Celebrating 40 years of Santa Specials

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been running its popular Santa Specials since 1981. Although a lot has changed in the past 40 years the core of the experience remains the same- steam trains and Santa Claus.

Santa Special’s 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.

• A visit to the Model Railway Exhibition at New Romney before your train journey begins.

Journey: New Romney Station (TN28 8PL) to Hythe Station.

Bonus Bug rides at Hythe

Locomotive no.4, The Bug, traditionally only pulling Santa, will this year specially be pulling coaches for families to ride the length of the platform (subject to availability). Location: Platform 3 at Hythe.

Complimentary children’s activity sheets

Each child will receive an RH&DR activity sheet. Please bring your own pencils.

Wrap up warm – we always advise our passengers to wrap up warm during the winter months. We will try to keep queues to a minimum but some queuing may happen outdoors. You’re welcome to bring a blanket for extra cosiness on the train journey.

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Rudyard Lake Steam Railway Santa Specials

Location : Rudyard Station, Rudyard Leek ST13 8PF

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.

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Ruislip Lido Railway

Location : Reservoir Road London HA4 7TY

Christmas comes but once a year, so take the train because Santa is near!

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.

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Severn Valley Railway Santa Trains

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

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.

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Severn Valley Railway Steam in Lights

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

Go on a magical adventure on a train wrapped in thousands of lights to see magical lineside displays, whilst following the onboard narration! Steam in Lights makes a magical return for 2021 to make Christmas sparkle, glow and shimmer.

The ultimate Christmas experience for all ages, make Steam in Lights your family tradition. Experience the Severn Valley Railway as you’ve never seen it before…

The magic begins the moment you arrive at Bridgnorth with a LIVE show on the opposite platform by our resident creatures The Cacklers, before you board a train covered in thousands of lights to watch the magic unfold with beautiful lineside displays and on-board narration.

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Sittingbourne Steam Railway Santa Special

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

Trains will depart from Sittingbourne Viaduct station. We will be using the compartment coaches so please wrap up warm. The fare includes the round trip from Sittingbourne Viaduct station, departing on the hour.

After the 15 minute journey to Kemsley Down, Father Christmas’ elves will lead passengers to the Footplate Café where adults receive their seasonal refreshments. Children will be called to visit Santa’s Grotto which is a short walk away. 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 and garden railway. This year, the museum will be closed as it will be used as Santa’s Grotto.

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

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Statfold Barn Santa Express

Location : Ashby Rd, Tamworth B79 0BU

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.

What’s included:
You will be welcomed to Statfold by our merry Elves who will help you straight onto the beautifully-lit steam train, the ‘Statfold Santa Express’
Alight the train at the North Pole and immerse yourself into the Statfold Christmas experience.
Opportunity to experience lots of Christmas characters
around our award-winning museum, including lots of surprises!
Interact with Santa’s very friendly and helpful Elves
Meet Toby our friendly Station Master, who loves having his photo taken!
Every child with a Golden Ticket will receive a fun take-home activity pack from Santa and Mrs Clause
Children can bring along their pre written letter to Santa and post it in our enchanting postbox
PLUS MORE – DETAILS TO FOLLOW!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Swanage Railway Steam and Lights

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

Make wonderful and magical memories in the run-up to Christmas thanks to our festive, evocative, dramatic and colourful Steam and Lights train journey through the Isle of Purbeck countryside.

A new not to be missed pre-booked steam train experience, the steam locomotive and carriages will be covered with brightly coloured lights while the cosy steam-heated carriage interiors will be festively decorated for the one-hour evening round trip passing the historic ruins of Corfe Castle.

A memorable experience suitable for all ages. Stations and key points along the line will be specially lit as the Steam and Lights train passes through in the dark.

On board the train, there will be festive music synchronised to the lighting displays passing the carriage windows as well as an informative on-train commentary.

Before passengers board the Steam and Lights train at Swanage station, there will be a dramatic switch-on of the train lights at the platform.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

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

Watercress Line Steam Illuminations

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

IT’S BACK! STEAM ILLUMINATIONS IS EVEN BIGGER THAN BEFORE!

Steam Illuminations is a unique Christmas, pixel mappable digital LED train! It’s an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of 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.

NEW for 2021, travel through magical ‘snow’ at one part of the ride and spot new light installations along the 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.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

West Lancashire Light Railway Santa Specials

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

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.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

West Somerset Railway Santa Express

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

Make memories to treasure for a lifetime on our family favourite – the Santa Express. Step aboard our festively decorated heritage carriages, filled with Christmas cheer and excitement and take a wonderful journey through West Somerset’s winter woodlands.

Santa’s presents and refreshments will be waiting at your table and he’ll be along for the ride to ensure you have received them! A round trip to Williton means there will be plenty of time aboard to soak up the experience, get in the festive spirit or relax with some refreshments whilst enjoying the journey.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

West Somerset Railway Winter Lights

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

At Bishops Lydeard Station, the magic begins. A seat aboard an illuminated train awaits, ready to take you on an unforgettable winter journey. Travel along our enchanted track, through woodlands and countryside transformed for the season.

Spectacular lineside displays will shine and glow, to the amazement of the whole family. An encapsulating tale will unfold along the way, before you arrive at Crowcombe Heathfield, where you will gaze in wonderment through the carriage windows at a famous station steeped in festive spirit.

It’s then back to Bishops Lydeard in your cosy, comfortable carriage before your wonderful Winterlights journey becomes Christmas memories to treasure.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Worth Valley Elf Express

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

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/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Whistlestop Valley

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

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.

Christmas Elf Experience – 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.

Mrs Claus’ Christmas Adventure – Bring your little ones (age 0-5) on Mrs Claus’ BRAND NEW Christmas Adventure at Whistlestop Valleyand 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.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

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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2 thoughts on “82 Amazing Santa Trains To Experience in 2021”

  1. I was looking for a train journey for a family of 6 . Do any of the train rides include space for disabled children – can’t find any reference to special needs

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    • If you click on the train journey you would like to take, it will direct you to their dedicated website, the information regarding accessibility will be on their site.

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