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Santa Train Rides For Christmas in the UK

If you’re looking for Christmas days out for kids that are a little different to the usual Santa’s Grotto, why not try one of these Santa Train Rides? Meet Santa on one of these Christmas train services, enjoy a mince pie and kids on the good list will be given a present!

The Christmas train services run from various spots in the UK and vary from the popular Polar Express-themed rides to shorter rides run by steam train enthusiasts spreading Christmas cheer, but all have Santa and some offer further attractions and activities all included in the price too!

We’ve organised the festive train rides by county, so you should be able to find one fairly close to you in England and hopefully Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Channel Islands too! Some of these trains get sold out pretty quickly but fear not, here are the Best Family Christmas Breaks in The UK you can still enjoy with your family.

Santa Train Rides For Christmas in the UK

What to Wear on the Santa Trains.

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Anything goes, but festive jumpers, dresses, hats, and hairbands are always spotted. If you are on one of the Polar Express Train rides then pyjamas are very much encouraged (along with dressing gowns.) Here are some Christmassy PJ ideas including Polar Express PJs and onsies too.

Steam train enthusiasts will love an opportunity to grab a photo of the engine. If this is a wish, do arrive a bit earlier as this part is popular.


Santa Train Rides in England

Santa Train Rides in Bedfordshire

Leighton Buzzard Railway Santa’s Steam Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Dec 2023 (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 20th till 24th)
  • Ticket Prices: Adults & over 13– £12.50, Child (2-12) – £12.50. Child under 2 – £8.50.
  • Location: Page’s Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 4TG.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Trains in Bristol

Avon Valley Railway Santa Special

Essential Information

  • Dates: Dates are subjected to availability.
  • Ticket Prices: £22 per seat with up to 7.5% discount when you book seven or more seats
  • Location: Avon Valley Railway, Britton Station, 3 Bath Road, Bristol, BS30 6HD.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Donkey’s available to see on the platform before and after the train ride.

Santa Train Rides in Cambridgeshire

Santa on the Nene Valley Railway Santa train rides taking pictures with families.
Santa on the Nene Valley Railway Santa Steam Express

Nene Valley Railway Santa Steam Express

Essential Information

  • Dates: Subjected to availability
  • Ticket Prices: £20 pp with £78 pp on first and premium class Santa train, and other options available.
  • Location: Nene Valley Railway Ltd, Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6LR.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? See Santa in his Grotto before boarding and as he walks through the train.

Santa Train Rides in Cornwall

Bodmin and Wenford Railway Santa by Steam

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Selected dates throughout December
  • Ticket Prices: Adult £15.95, Child £19.95, Child 2 years and under £10.95, Senior £14.95, Carer £7.50, with family deals options.
  • Location: General Station, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1AQ.
  • Additional Onsite Activities?

Santa Train Rides in Cumbria

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Subjected to availability
  • Ticket Prices: £22.50
  • Location: Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SW.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Performance Stu Di Doo the magician

Santa Train Rides in Derbyshire

Peak Rail Santa and Steam Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 2/3/9/10/16/17/22/23/24th December
  • Ticket Prices: Table of 2 – £40 No individual seats sold.
  • Location: Matlock Station, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NA
  • Additional Onsite Activities? A variety of professional entertainers will perform for you, Santa and his helpers will make their way through the train and meet everyone at their seat.

Santa Train Rides in Devon

South Devon Railway Polar Express South Devon

The Polar Express is one where pyjama wearing is positively encouraged as you head from Buckfastleigh to Totnes on your Santa steam train!

Essential Information:

  • Dates: From Wednesday till Sunday every week until 24th Dec, dates subjected to availability.
  • Ticket Prices: From £33.95- £46.95 per seat, prices increase towards Christmas.
  • Location: South Devon Railway, The Station, Dartbridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Santa’s Workshop and after the show, there’ll be a photo opportunity, be sure to bring a selfie stick.

Seaton Tramway Polar Express Seaton

A special festive tram with the Polar Express theme! Yes, all kids still receive the sleigh bell!

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Subjected to availability
  • Ticket Prices: Adults and children from £24.95 to £39.95, child under 2 free.
  • Location: Seaton Tramway, Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2NQ.
  • Additional Onsite Activities?

Christmas Train of Lights Dartmouth

A light show and Santa combined! A festive illuminated journey starts at Queen’s Park Station, Paignton, where a train with vintage carriages awaits you – decorated with thousands of lights, both inside and out. Fifteen minutes later, once you’ve had time to settle back into your seat, you will arrive at Churston Station where the show begins. As the anticipation builds and minutes after leaving Churston, you will be propelled through the 450-metre Greenway tunnel that leads you to the enchanted forest which will be transformed by a multitude of lights with brand new feature displays – plus some old favourites! The stunning show ends as you leave the forest only to be greeted by the twinkling lights of Dartmouth reflected on the river Dart. After a turnaround at Kingswear and with the opportunity to disembark and take photographs from the platform, you will be on your way back to Paignton.  

Santa does not visit if you book Train of Lights only.

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Dates are subjected to availability.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults £10.50 and children £8
  • Location: Dartmouth Steam Railway, Paignton Station, Queen’s Park Station, Paignton, TQ4 6AF
  • Additional Onsite Activities?
  • N.B Mulled wine and mince pies are not offered on this service
  • There is no pantomime on the train or at either Queen’s Park Station or Kingswear stations

Santa Trains in Essex

Audley End Miniature Railway

Audley End Christmas Special

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 18 November to 24 December, 2023
  • Ticket Prices: Adults £18.00 – £30.00, Children over 92cm £18.00-£30.00, under 92cm £9.00-£15.00, and child under 1 is free.
  • Location: Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Waldon, Essex CB11 4JB.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Train ride to meet Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, and their Elves, Gift for every Child, Letter Writing, Illuminated Christmas walk to the Reindeer Food Factory, Holly the Christmas Fairy Storytelling Show, and Adventure Play Area.

Epping Ongar Railway Santa’s Special Trains

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 25, 26 November; 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December
  • Ticket Prices: Early bird from £110 for up to 4 people, standard tickets from £120 up to 4 people, and premium tickets from £130 for up to 4 people.
  • Location: North Weald Station, Station Road, North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex, CM16 6BW.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Train Rides in Gloucestershire

Dean Forest Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Check availability on their website.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults and children £19
  • Location: Dean Forest Railway, Norchard Station, Forest Road, Lydney, Gloucestershire. GL15 4ET.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway Santa Experiences 

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Check availability on their website.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults and children £27,50 and free for children under 1.
  • Location: The Railway Station, New Town, Toddington, GL54 5DT.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Train Rides in Hampshire

Isle of Wight Steam Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Check availability on their website
  • Ticket Prices: Adults £20.50, 5 – 17 years £16.50, 2 – 4 years £10.95, and free for under 2 years.
  • Location: The Railway Station, Main Road, Havenstreet, Ryde, PO33 4DS.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Train Rides in Kent

Spa Valley Railway Polar Express

Another of the franchised Polar Express rides (there are 11 within the UK). Your adventure starts exactly like the film, with THE POLAR EXPRESS™ collecting your whole family from Spa Valley Railway to start your magical journey to the North Pole and back. You’ll meet your favourite icons from the beloved movie, including the Conductor, dancing chefs, a mysterious ghost, and of course the magical Santa Claus himself. Don’t forget your PJs!

Essential Information:

  • Dates: SOLD OUT! Get on their waiting list.
  • Ticket Prices: SOLD OUT
  • Location: Wealden Railway Co. Ltd, West Station, Nevill Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Back at Tunbridge Wells, you can write a letter to Santa, see who in your family has been naughty or nice this year, and check out the gift shop for souvenirs of your trip.

East Kent Railway Santa by Train

Take a ride onboard the festively decorated train and meet Santa in the grotto where each child will receive a gift. This a really good value Santa train!

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Most dates are sold out, only a few left.
  • Ticket Prices: £40 per group of 4.
  • Location: East Kent Railway, Station Road, Shepherdswell, Dover, Kent, CT15 7PD.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Kent & East Sussex Railway Santa Special

All aboard the Santa train to enjoy a magician and a free photo of your group. There is a complimentary refreshment pack for each family to enjoy during the journey and an age-appropriate present for all children 11 and under. Children aged 12-15 receive chocolates. Visit the station’s Winter Wonderland and check when you can see the Victorian Carol singers (selected dates only)

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 2/3/9/10/16/17/22/23/24th December
  • Ticket Prices: Standard Class Table for up to 4 people, Babies under 18 months of age are free of charge and receive a gift
  • Location: Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Free rides on the vintage gallopers at Tenterden

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 25/26 Nov, 2/3/9/10/16/17/21/22/23/24th Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Adults £29.50, Child 1-15years £29.50, Under 1 £15
  • Location: Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent TN28 8PL.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? A visit to the Model Railway Exhibition at New Romney before your train journey begins.

Santa Trains in Lancashire

Ribble Steam Railway Santa Special

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Sold Out for 2023
  • Ticket Prices: Sold Out for 2023
  • Location: Ribble Steam Railway, Chain Caul Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 2PD.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Tickets include access to the festively trimmed museum and there will be live music and you might even spot the odd elf or two! PLUS there will be FREE Face painting and balloon art from Gina of Tigerfeet Entertainment.

West Lancashire Light Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Dates are subjected to availability.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults £3.50, children (3 yrs+) £2.50, infants free
  • Location: West Lancashire Light Railway, Station Rd, Hesketh Bank, Nr Preston, Lancashire, PR4 6SP.
  • Additional Onsite Activities?

Santa Train Rides Leicestershire

Great Central Railway Santa Train Loughborough

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 25th Nov – 24 Dec 2023
  • Ticket Prices: £8.00 – £26.00
  • Location: Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn, LE12 8AG.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Train Rides in London


All aboard! checking out the engine on Steam Dreams Santa Express
All aboard! checking out the engine on Steam Dreams Santa Express

Steam Dreams Santa Steam Express

The only Santa train in London! This magical trip offers families a chance to meet Santa and his helpers on a steam train departing from and returning to London Victoria.  The extra special journey takes approximately one hour and 15 minutes. First and standard-class tickets are available with First Class adults offered a mulled wine.

Children will be welcomed on board with a drink and a sweet treat before meeting Santa and his elves with their bag of gifts. Children under 2 do not require a seat. Expect Christmas tunes, carols, and themed carriages. https://yorkshirewonders.co.uk/the-santa-steam-express-london

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 15/18/21st Dec 2023
  • Ticket Prices: £65pp
  • Location: Victoria Station, Victoria St, London SW1E 5ND
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Train Rides in Norfolk

Mid Norfolk Railway Polar Express

Scenes from the Polar Express film come to life as dancing Chefs and Waiters arrive to serve cookies and hot chocolate when are are seated in your carriage.

Listen as the story of The Polar Express is told in its entirety and notice other key elements of the story — both inside and outside your train — springing to life. Watch and listen as another scene unfolds on board before your eyes.

Upon arrival at the North Pole, keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s sleigh, a bag of toys, and a giant Christmas tree. Watch out for Santa waving and, when the train stops, listen out for the carriage door to slam as Santa gets on board. After the train departs the North Pole for the return voyage home, you soon notice that the adventure isn’t over. Santa appears in your midst to present each passenger with their very own “First Gift of Christmas”, a silver bell from his sleigh.

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 11th Nov to 23rd Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Standard and premium price ranges from £31.95 – £39.95
  • Location: The Railway Station, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

North Norfolk Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: November 25 – December 23
  • Ticket Prices: £26.50
  • Location: North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham Station, Station Approach, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RA
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Bure Valley Railway Festive Express

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 2nd,3rd,9th,10th,16th,17th,18th,19th,20th,21st,22nd,23rd,24th Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Adults £22.00 Children £22.00
  • Location: Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW.
  • Additional Onsite Activities?

Santa Train Rides in Oxfordshire

Scenes from the Polar Express film come to life as dancing Chefs and Waiters arrive to serve cookies and hot chocolate when are are seated in your carriage.

Listen as the story of The Polar Express is told in its entirety and notice other key elements of the story — both inside and outside your train — springing to life. Watch and listen as another scene unfolds on board before your eyes.

Upon arrival at the North Pole, keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s sleigh, a bag of toys, and a giant Christmas tree. Watch out for Santa waving and, when the train stops, listen out for the carriage door to slam as Santa gets on board. After the train departs the North Pole for the return voyage home, you soon notice that the adventure isn’t over. Santa appears in your midst to present each passenger with their very own “First Gift of Christmas”, a silver bell from his sleigh.

Essential Information:

  • Dates:
  • Ticket Prices: £33.95 £46.95
  • Location: Cholsey & Wallingford Railway, Wallingford Station, 5 Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9GQ.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Didcot Railway Centre Steam into Christmas

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, December plus Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults £20 and children from 1 – 15 years
  • Location: Didcot Railway Centre, DIDCOT, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Train Rides in Shropshire

Telford Steam Railway Polar Express Telford

Your golden tickets arrive a few weeks before the magical journey. Like all the other Polar Express trains, this event sells out very quickly.

We recommend arriving about an hour before, so you have plenty of time to park and ride to Telford Steam Railway. For those in premium seating, you will receive an additional Polar Express mug in a sparkly silver bag waiting for you when you board.

You’ll find all passengers, children and adults are in pyjamas and dressings gowns. This heritage steam train puffs away, whilst the singing chefs (with hot chocolate and cookies for all), the conductor (who will punch holes in the shape of your initial on your golden ticket), make their through the train with plenty of songs, merriment and cheer.

Watch out for the Polar Express ghost too! As the train stops, you’ll see a familiar face waving at you from a platform. Santa boards the train and gives the first gift of Christmas.

Read more about the Telford Polar Express experience here.

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 24/25/26 Nov 1 till 23 Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Standard Ticket from £61.99 to £75.99, a Premium ticket from £85.99 to £99.99 (2 seats per ticket) kids under 2 travel for free.
  • Location: The Old Loco Shed, Bridge Road, Horsehay, Telford, Shropshire, TF4 3UH.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Yes. A magician before boarding and food and drink. and afterwards an entertainment tent with fabric snowballs to throw, crafts and games and a naughty and nice detector plus a souvenir shop.

Santa Train Rides in Staffordshire

Churnet Valley Railway Polar Express Churnet Valley

The adventure begins when you are served Hot Chocolate and a Cookie at your seat by the singing Chefs. Make sure you have your tickets ready as the Conductor will need to see them, once he has finished punching tickets he will be back to show off his impressive dance moves. Look out for the Hobo too and of course Santa with a silver bell gift.

When the train returns to Froghall why not take the opportunity to write a letter to Santa? Not forgetting to check out whether you are on the naughty or nice list. The journey is about 1 hour and the whole experience is 1.5 hours.

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 3/8/13/14/15/18/19/20//21/22 Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Premium tickets are £34.95 to £49.95, all standard tickets are sold out. Under two are charged a flat rate of £3.00
  • Location: Churnet Valley Railway, Kingsley and Froghall Station, Froghall, Staffordshire, ST10 2HA.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Leek and Rudyard Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Ticket Prices: Santa Trains unfortunately will not run in 2023
  • Location: Rudyard Station, Rudyard Road, Rudyard, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8PF.
  • Additional Onsite Activities?

Amerton Railway Santa Specials

Board a steam train at Amerton Station and travel to Toyland to meet Santa. Each compartment will receive a goodie bag with Haribo sweets, Amerton Railway colouring sheets, and colouring pencils. Children receive a hand-picked Christmas present from Santa, and for the adults, a warm mince pie and sherry.  The entire experience lasts about 25 minutes so good for wrigglers!

Essential Information:

  • Dates:
  • Ticket Prices: Standard Compartment (Vixen Class) £45.00, this is a two-bench compartment, holding up to 6 people in any combination of adults and children. Small Compartment (Dasher Class) £25.00, this is a one bench compartment, holding up to 3 people in any combination of adults and children. Large Compartment (Blitzen Class) £55.00, this is a three-bench compartment (one bench is shorter), holding up to 8 people in any combination of adults and children. Standard (Accessible) Compartment (Rudolph Class) £45.00,  it can hold either one wheelchair and 3 people, or up to 6 people with no wheelchair.
  • Location: Amerton Railway, Stowe-by-Chartley, Nr. Weston, Staffordshire, ST18 0LA
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Trains In Suffolk

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Santa Specials 

The MSLR Santa Specials are special steam events where you can take your children on a magical journey from Brockford Station to meet Santa at North Pole Halt. Steam trains run from Brockford Station to ‘North Pole Halt’, for an individual visit to Santa at his Christmas Guards Van and each child receives a present. On the return from their Santa visit passengers will find Christmas crafts, hot drinks, and snacks will be available to buy, and for the grown-ups, a complimentary cup of festive mulled wine.

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th December.
  • Ticket Prices: £15 per person
  • Location: Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Trains in Sussex

Bluebell Railway Santa Specials

The whole experience will take around 2 hours from Sheffield Park and 2 hours 15 minutes from East Grinstead.

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 25&26 Nov 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Tickets start from £20.00 up to £40.00
  • Location: Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Traditional inclusive amusement attractions at Horsted Keynes.

Santa Trains In Somerset

Yeovil Railway Centre Santa Specials

Your visit is likely to last around an hour and includes a steam train ride, tea/coffee, and a mince pie with soft drink for the children and of course a visit to see Santa. The children will receive a carefully selected and appropriate gift

Essential Information:

  • Dates:
  • Ticket Prices:
  • Location: Yeovil Railway Centre – Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction Station, Yeovil, BA22 9UU.
  • Additional Onsite Activities?

Santa Trains in Wiltshire

Longleat Santa Train Rides

Adults can enjoy a delicious hot chocolate and festive mince pie while children will receive a special Christmas gift

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Until 24th Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Adults £6.95, Children £22.50
  • Location: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7JS.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Train Rides in Worcestershire

Arley Station where you disembark to see the panto and Santa.
Arley Station where you disembark to see the panto and Santa.

Severn Valley Railway Santa Specials

Meet two Christmas characters at the beautifully decorated station at Kidderminster. Enjoy hot chocolates in Santa mugs with gingerbread men, then travel by vintage steam train in reserved seats to Arley for a pantomime and to meet Santa. Re-board the train to find presents individually name tagged from Father Christmas. look out for photo opps at both stations, including Santa’s sleigh.

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 26 Nov 2/3/9/10/16/17/22/23/24th Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Table of 2 £79.00 & Table of 4  £158.00
  • Location: Severn Valley Railway, Station Drive, Kidderminster, DY10 1QX.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Yes. After a ride, see your favourite characters in an all-new pantomime. After being entertained by Jingle, Jangle and friends, you’ll re-board the train where a present for each child awaits.

Evesham Vale Light Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Every weekend from 25th November to 17th December, then daily from 22nd to 24th December.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults  £8.00, Children (2-13)  £13.00, Children 1 year old £10.00, Under 12 months £8.00 (with present) Under 12 months Free (No present)
  • Location: Evesham Vale Light Railway, The Valley, Evesham, WR11 4DS.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Train Rides in Yorkshire

North York Moors Railway Santa Reimagined

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 25, 26 Nov & 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 Dec
  • Ticket Prices: £30 per person (includes a present and a backpack for each child).
  • Location: Pickering and Grosmont Stations, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ.
  • Additional Onsite Activities?  Meet Santa’s Helpers onboard for fun and games!

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates:25/26 Nov 1/2/3/8/9/10/15-24 Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Classic class £33.95 TO £44.95 and Premium class £43.95 TO £54.95
  • Location: Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway The Elf Explorer

Essential Information:

  • Dates:25 & 26 November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 & 21 – 24 December
  • Ticket Prices: Adult £23.00, Child (3-15) £16.50 and Child Under 3 (on Adults Lap) Free
  • Location: Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, The Railway Station, Haworth, West Yorkshire, BD22 8NJ
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Meet the Real Reindeer, who have flown in for some photo opportunities. Visit the Christmas Market and pick up a little treat and live Christmas Music to get you in the festive mood.

Middleton Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Starting on Saturday 2nd December, and running each Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve (24th).
  • Ticket Prices: Child (0-2 years) with a present £11, Child (3-10 years) with a present £16, child (11-15 years) no present £7.50, Adult: £13 and all prices increase by £1 on the 24th Dec.
  • Location: Middleton Railway, Moor Road, Leeds, LS10 2JQ.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Wensleydale Railway Polar Express Yorkshire

The Polar Express departs from Leeming Bar station to the ‘North Pole’. You will be served Hot Chocolate and a Cookie at your seat by the singing Chefs. Throughout your journey, you may tangle with the caribou and other magical happenings, as you have the original story of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ told to you by the singing Chefs.

You’ll meet your favourite icons from the beloved movie, including the Conductor, dancing chefs, a mysterious ghost, and of course the magical Santa Claus himself. Don’t forget your PJs!

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Sold Out
  • Ticket Prices: Sold Out
  • Location: Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, DL7 9AR.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Santa Train Rides in Wales

Brecon Mountain Railway The Brecon Santa Train

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 28/29/30 Nov 2/3/5/6/7/9/10/12/13/14/17-21 Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Adults £22.50 and Children (2-15 years) £19.75. Under 2 travel for free on an adult’s lab.
  • Location: The Brecon Mountain Railway, Pant Station, Merthry Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, CF48 2DD.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Llanberis Lake Railway Santa Specials

Essential Information:

  • Dates:
  • Ticket Prices:
  • Location: Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY.
  • Additional Onsite Activities?

Santa Train Rides in Scotland

Caledonian Railway Polar Express

Tickets range from £28.95 to £53.95 per person plus booking fee for this wonderful theatrical extravaganza on board the Polar Express steam train as it travels from Brechin to the North Pole. You’ll meet your favourite icons from the beloved movie, including the Conductor, dancing chefs, a mysterious ghost, and of course the magical Santa Claus himself. Don’t forget your PJs!

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 25 & 26 Nov 2/3/9/10/16/17 Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Standard Tickets (£28.95 – £43.95) Premium Tickets sold out (£40.95 – £53.95)
  • Location: Caledonian Railway, The Station, Park Road, Brechin, DD9 7AF.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? No

Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway Boness Santa Train

Santa will meet every family on boarding the train and hand out a quality present to all children and infants who have been good this year. The ride includes festive singers and a magician, on board the train.

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 or 24 Dec
  • Ticket Prices: Adult (16 years+), £21.50, Adult with Baby up to 17 months in arms, £21.50, Child (3 to 15 years), £21.50, Infant (18 months to 2 years), £20.00
  • Location: Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, Bo’Ness Station, Union Street, Bo’ness, EH51 9AQ.
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Miniature steam train ride at Bo’ness and entrance to Museum of Scottish Railways.

Santa Train Rides in Northern Ireland

Steam Trains Ireland Santa Train Rides

Essential Information:

  • Dates: 25th & 26th November, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th & 23rd December
  • Ticket Prices: Adult £15 and Child £20
  • Location: Whitehead Excursion Station, Castleview Road, Whitehead, Carrickfergus, BT38 9NA
  • Additional Onsite Activities? Opportunity for each child to speak to Santa and have a photograph with him.

Channel Island Santa Train Alderney Railway Santa Special

Essential Information:

  • Dates: Not happening in 2023
  • Ticket Prices:
  • Location: Alderney Railway, 7 Rue de Beaumont, St. Anne, Guernsey
  • Additional Onsite Activities?

Family Travel Planning Resources We Use

Flights: We always use Skyscanner as it is user friendly, allows you to check deals for everywhere if not sure where to go, and seems to find the cheapest flight deals in most cases.

Tours and Activities:  GetYourGuide  has a wide range of family friendly activities around the world.

AccommodationBooking.com is who we use when researching for places to stay (we like their flexible cancellation policies. We do also check directly with larger hotels brands too.

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