It will soon be that magical time of year when Santa gets prepared to visit all the children around the world. In the lead up to Christmas, the big man himself will be travelling across our Heritage Railways throughout the U.K.to personally check if the children have been well behaved this year! Here is a list of our top ten railways to visit this Christmas where you can find him.
NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY – SANTA CLAUS IS COMING
Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!
Departing from Pickering and Grosmont Stations, the Santa Express brings Christmas to life and gives children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning - providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!
Santa will personally hand out age appropriate presents to each child as well as a Christmas Activity bag. There will also be an opportunity to visit Santa’s on board grotto and see all his little helpers. Not to forget the grown-ups, there will be a mince pie, hot drink and alcoholic tipple for each adult!.
Santa Special Departure dates from Pickering and Grosmont Stations: 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 December 2019.
Santa Specials departing Pickering Station last approximately 75 minutes.. Prices Adult £23, Child £23 including present and activity bag.
Santa Specials departing Grosmont Station last approximately 90 minutes. Prices Adult £22, Child £22 including present and activity bag.
Book online at https://www.nymr.co.uk/Pages/Events/Category/events
NORTH BAY RAILWAY, SCARBOROUGH – SANTA SPECIALS
Come down to the North Bay Railway in Scarborough to join in the festive celebrations, and most importantly meet Santa himself.
The first Santa Special train will be departing from Peasholm Station at 2pm on Saturday 7th December, other times are 3pm, 4pm & 5pm. Other dates are 8th,14th,15th,16th,21st,22nd & 24th December. Pre-booking is advised via the web site or in person at the North Bay Railway. You will need to pre-book for any of the Twilight Train at 4pm & 5pm as space will be limited.
The Evening Santa Express trains are running Friday 13th and 20th December at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm. So why not bring your children down to the North Bay Railway and enjoy a magical journey to Scalby Mills to find Santa and bring him back to his Grotto at Peasholm. Every child will receive a quality gift and there will be a mince pie and festive tipple for the adults.
This year we have added trains on Christmas Eve, we recommend you pre book as we expect 24th December to be very busy.
Please wear warm clothing, part of the event will be held outdoors whatever the weather. Also be aware some trains are very busy especially on peak dates (7th – 24th December).
Pre-book prices from £7 Adults and £11 children (with present). Children under 12 months £6 (with present) or Free with no present
Book online at https://nbr.org.uk/santa-specials/
KIRKLEES LIGHT RAILWAY
This festive season, step aboard the steam-heated carriages of Kirklees Light Railway Santa Specials and be transported to the magical North Pole. Meet Santa & his jolly helpers inside their cosy grotto filled with sacks full of presents for the good girls & boys.
Whilst waiting to see Santa, adults will be treated to a mince pie and festive tipple and children will enjoy biscuits and juice in our heated marquee. Santa will also be bringing one of his cheeky elves along to help keep everyone entertained!
Children have an opportunity to write their letters to Santa, complete activity and colouring sheets, make a Christmas wish upon our Wishing Tree and, if they want to brave the cold, have a run around the outdoor adventure playground. The Tea Room and barbeque will also be open for you to purchase freshly-made, locally-sourced refreshments.
NEW FOR 2019: Start or finish your Christmas experience with a FREE whizz around the duck pond miniature railway.
REMEMBER! You are permitted to take photographs or videos in our grotto at no additional charge, so charge up those batteries!
On selected Friday evenings throughout December, there will be the ever-popular Twilight Santa Specials. As the sun sets in the South Pennine Foothills, climb aboard the floodlit, steam heated train to Shelley and see the surroundings light up as you travel before meeting Santa in his cosy grotto! All Christmas services last for approximately two hours and are return trips.
Prices from £15 Adults and £9-16.50 for Children depending upon age (with present). Children under 12 months on adult’s knee (no gift) Free. Advance booking is necessary - the Santa Specials WILL sell out!
SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY
All change! This year, The Severn Valley Railway have completely refreshed their famous Santa experiences, bringing steam trains right back to the heart of Christmas. Passengers can now take a magical steam train ride through the Severn Valley with Santa on board!
For the first time in many years, departures have been added from Bridgnorth bringing the much-loved northern end of the line in on the festivities. And this year, there are two exciting ALL-NEW Santa Specials options to choose from. Reserve seats and tasty treats on board the Premium Santa Special or, for those who’d rather not reserve a table or com-partment, the Standard Santa Specials are perfect.
Santa will visit every family on board their decorated carriage, handing out gifts to children and posing for photos as their train steams through the Severn Valley to Highley.
Services steam in every weekend from November 30th to December 22nd, plus December 23rd and 24th.
Tickets from £20.
Book online at https://svr.digitickets.co.uk/category/15305
ECCLESBOURNE VALLEY RAILWAY
There'll be nine miles of smiles this Christmas as you step on board the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway's San-ta Experience!
There will be music, magic and mince pies at the railway this Christmas as you are welcomed in the beauti-fully decorated Santa's Refreshment Area. Step on board the warm and cosy heritage train and see Santa in his on board grotto where there are presents for every child.
Fun activities will take place on board your 18 mile return journey to the North Pole (Duffield) and back. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas list! Presents for every child.
Tickets prices £4-£16 varying according to age/date.
Book online at https://wyvernrail.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/23648
ROMNEY, HYTHE AND DYMCHURCH RAILWAY
Enjoy festive days out for all the family on Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway. The traditional Santa Specials include a visit to Santa’s grotto, snow machines, seasonal refreshments and of course, a present from the big man himself.
Other journeys include Rudolph’s Romney return departing Hythe. You will see Santa arriving on his sleigh before visiting him in his grotto on this magical 1 hour journey.
There are also opportunities to have Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea with Santa!
Prices from £20
Book online at https://rhdr.vticket.co.uk/section.php/21/1/santa-specials-2019
BODMIN AND WENFORD RAILWAY - SANTA BY STEAM
Gather your family and friends and take a journey with the railway elves to visit Santa’s grotto. Arrive at Bodmin General Station for mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols on the platform, before climbing aboard for an hour-long return journey on a beautiful steam hauled train.
During the trip you’ll visit Santa wit plenty of time for a photo and gifts for each child. Make Christmas memories in your very own Bodmin and Wenford Railway Christmas story.
30 Nov – 24 Dec Prices from £13
Book online https://bodminrailway.co.uk/things-to-do/events/santa-by-steam/
EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY
The East Lancashire Railway are always looking for ways to make their events even greater and their Santa specials are no different. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere provided by a traditional brass band as well as enjoying beautiful carol singing. Make a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley saying hi to costumed characters on the way.
The on-board magician will mesmerize adults and children alike. Santa and his elves travel the train giving gifts, chocolate lollies, juice drinks and Activity packs. Not to forget the adults, there will be mince pies and festive tipples too.
Santa School Specials are also available from £7.
Tickets from £18. Santa Special Ticket Hotline is on 0343 2081858 or book online at http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/events-activities/2019/11/santa-specials.aspx
RIBBLE STEAM RAILWAY
Create your warm magical memory with a Santa Steam Special experience. A perfect family get together, sprinkled with some festive fun, excitement and laughter. Let Ribble Steam Railways Santa Specials bring extra pleasure and entertainment to your seasonal celebrations.
Enjoy light seasonal refreshments, snuggled up warm in your steam-heated carriage. Watch their eyes light up, young and old, as Father Christmas visits you in your seat to hand you your personal Christmas present.
Tickets include access to our festively trimmed museum. Little ones and grown ups, can climb aboard our treasured indoor miniature railway.
Ticket prices from £10.50. Limited availability so book soon.
Book online at https://www.ribblesteamtickets.co.uk/product.php/15/ribble-steam-santa-trains#event-book
THE WENSLEYDALE RAILWAY POLAR EXPRESS
New for 2019 - Join The Polar Express Yorkshire for a magical Christmas Experience. Brought to you by the organisers of the number 1 voted Polar Express in the World, this is the ONLY licensed Polar Express in Yorkshire.
Your journey begins just like the film where The Polar Express will pick you up to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet all the film’s characters including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course Father Christmas. You and your family, hopefully dressed in PJs, will experience and fun filled theatrical adventure as you make your way to the North Pole. Throughout your journey you will tangle with the Caribou, see the magic of the Northern Lights and have the story of The Polar Express told you by the singing Chefs. Don’t forget to have a bite of your cookie and authentic Hot Chocolate before arriving at the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
Santa will join you and, if you are on the nice list, hand you your first gift of Christmas, a Silver sleigh Bell. You will get to speak with Santa and he may even sign your Polar Express Book available to purchase with your tickets.
Once you arrive back at the station, you get to visit the Workshop, write a letter to Santa, check if you are on the naughty or nice list and buy a little souvenir of your experience. There may even be a little surprise in the workshop to, you will just have to wait and see.
Tickets from just £25.00!
Book online at https://yorkshiredalesthepolarexpressride.com