35 Seriously Festive Santa Train Rides to Take in 2020

If you’re looking for Christmas days out for kids that are a little different to the usual Santa’s Grotto, why not try a Santa Train Ride?! These Christmas train services offer a unique experience to meet Santa on a train and are a must if you have a railway enthusiast in the family.

These Christmas steam train journeys are located all over the UK so there’s bound to be something near you.

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Polar Express Train Rides

Perhaps the most well known of the Christmas steam train experiences is the Polar Express Christmas train ride. Based on the popular kids’ movie, The Polar Express, these Santa steam train journeys offer magical Christmas family days out. There are a number of Polar Express train ride UK locations.

If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book of the Polar Express, you might want to watch it or read it with the kids before your journey. Some of the train rides have a story reading during the journey and it can be nice to bring your own copy to read along with them.

The Polar Express movie

The Polar Express Book

Wensleydale Railway

Polar Express Yorkshire

The Polar Express train picks you up at Leeming Bar station and transports you to the ‘North Pole’. During the journey you meet characters from the Polar Express movie and when you arrive in the ‘North Pole’, you meet Santa who gifts a silver sleigh bell (just like the Polar Express bell in the movie) to all kids on the nice list!

Dates: 21st November to 22nd December 2020
Ticket Price: From £24.95 to £34.95 per person
Location: Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, DL7 9AR

South Devon Railway

Polar Express South Devon

The South Devon Polar Express is a large, black steam train that puffs out clouds of steam as it pulls into the station, much to the excitment of children waiting on the platform. During the one hour journey, you’ll meet the conductor (who will clip your ticket) and his crew. Remember to be on best behaviour as the elves will be scanning little ones to see if they’re on the nice list this year.

Dates: 27th – 29th November, 4th – 6th December, 11th – 13th December and 16th – 23rd December 2020
Ticket Price: From £24.95 to £31.95 per person
Location: South Devon Railway, The Station, Dartbridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ

Seaton Tramway

Polar Express Seaton

OK, this is not Christmas Santa train as it is a tram but the experience is similar so we thought we would include it anyway in case you can’t get a ticket for the South Devon Railway Santa train. The journey lasts around 2 – 2 1/2 hours during which there will be hot chocolate, Christmas carols and a light show once you reach the ‘North Pole’. Each passenger will receive a silver sleigh bell as a gift from Father Christmas.

Dates: 27th November – 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: From £19.95 – |£32.95 per person (under 2 free)
Location: Seaton Tramway, Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2NQ

Santa on the South Devon Railway Polar Express

Santa on the South Devon Railway Polar Express

Telford Steam Railway

Polar Express Telford
Dates: CANCELLED
Ticket Price: N/A
Location: The Old Loco Shed, Bridge Road, Horsehay, Telford, Shropshire, TF4 3UH

Mid Norfolk Railway

Polar Express
Dates: CANCELLED
Ticket Price: N/A
Location: The Railway Station, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF

Polar Express Birmingham

Polar Express Birmingham
Dates: CANCELLED
Ticket Price: N/A
Location: Moor Street Station, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7UL

The Polar Express Train Ride

The Polar Express Train Ride

Other Santa Train Rides

Longleat Santa Train

Longleat Santa Train

You board the train at Longleat Central Station and are whisked to the ‘North Pole’ where you will meet Santa and receive a gift. This is a quick, 15-minute ride.

Dates: 7th November to 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: Adult from £5.00, Children from £14.95
Location: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7JS

Bure Valley Railway

Festive Express
Dates: 5th to 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: £12.00 per person
Location: Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW

The Brecon Mountain Railway

The Brecon Santa Train
Dates: TBC
Ticket Price: TBC
Location: The Brecon Mountain Railway, Pant Station, Merthry Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, CF48 2DD

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: Every weekend from 5th December and 22nd – 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: £16.75 for adults, £12.75 for children 5+ and £10.75 for children under 5
Location: The Railway Station, Main Road, Havenstreet, Ryde, PO33 4DS

Isle of Wight Santa Specials

Isle of Wight Santa Specials

Great Central Railway

Santa Train Loughborough
Dates: 28th November – 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: £69.00 – £89.00 for a compartment for 4 people or £75.00-£95.00 for a compartment for 6 people
Location: Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn, LE12 8AG

Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway

Boness Santa Train
Dates: CANCELLED
Ticket Price: N/A
Location: Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, Bo’Ness Station, Union Street, Bo’ness, EH51 9AQ

Churnet Valley Railway

Santa Steam Trains
Dates: 21st November to 6th December, 9th to 16th December, 19th  – 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: From £17.00 for adults, From £12.00 for children 2-15 and £7.00 for children under 2
Location: Churnet Valley Railway, Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Staffordshire, ST10 2HA

North York Moors Railway

Santa Reimagined
Dates: Every weekend from 5th December and 22nd – 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: £100.00 for a compartment for 4 people (+£25.00 per additional adult up to 6 people max)
Location: Pickering Station, Pickering, YO18 7AJ

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Train

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Train

Kent & East Sussex Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: TBC
Ticket Price: TBC
Location: Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

Peak Rail

Santa and Steam Specials
Dates: Every weekend from 5th December and then 23rd & 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: £14.00 for adults / £11.00 for children (16 months to 15 yrs) / £7.00 for under 16 months
Location: Matlock Station, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NA

Llangollen Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: 5th – 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: £20.00 per person or £80.00 for a compartment of 4
Location: The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8SN

Audley End Miniature Railway

Audley End Christmas Special

Audley End Christmas train
Dates: 21st November to 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: From £18.00-£20.00 over 92cm and £9.00-£10.00 under 92cm
Location: Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Waldon, Essex CB11 4JB

Audley End Christmas Special

Audley End Christmas Special

Steam Trains Ireland

Santa Train

Dates: TBC
Ticket Price: TBC
Location: Whitehead Excursion Station, Castleview Road, Whitehead, Carrickfergus, BT38 9NA

Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Santa by Steam
Dates: Every Saturday from 5th – 19th December and then every day from 21st – 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: £17.50 per person
Location: General Station, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1AQ

Bodmin and Wenford Railway Santa by Steam

Bodmin and Wenford Railway Santa by Steam

Severn Valley Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: Every weekend from 28th November – 19th December and then every day from 23rd and 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: Private compartment for 6 from £170 to £195
Location: Severn Valley Railway, Station drive, Kidderminster, DY10 1QX

Epping Ongar Railway

Santa’s Special Trains
Dates: Every weekend from 28th November – 19th December and then every day from 21st to 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: Private compartment for 6  £175
Location: North Weald Station, Station Road, North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex, CM16 6BW

Avon Valley Railway

Santa Special
Dates: Every weekend from 28th November – 19th December and then every day from 22nd to 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: From £10.00 to £16.00 per seat
Location: Avon Valley Railway, Britton Station, 3 Bath Road, Bristol, BS30 6HD

Ribble Steam Railway

Santa Special
Dates: CANCELLED FOR 2020
Ticket Price: N/A
Location: Ribble Steam Railway, Chain Caul Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 2PD

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Elf Express

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Elf Express

Dean Forest Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: Every weekend from 5th December then 21st to 24th December
Ticket Price: £15.00 per person (Under 2 free)
Location: Dean Forest Railway, Norchard Station, Forest Road, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 4ET

Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway

Santa Experience 2020
Dates: Weekends from 5th to 20th December and then from 22nd to 24th December 2020. Trains will not be running but there may be a different Santa experience (TBC)
Ticket Price: TBC
Location: The Railway Station, New Town, Toddington, GL54 5DT

Caledonian Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th December 2020
Ticket Price: £10.00 per person, Children 2 and under £5.00. Compartment for 6 – £72.00
Location: Caledonian Railway, The Station, Park Road, Brechin, DD9 7AF

Evesham Vale Light Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: Every weekend from 5th December then 22nd to 24th December
Ticket Price: Adults – £5.50, Children (2-15) £8.50, Children 2 and under with no present – free
Location: Evesham Vale Light Railway, The Valley, Evesham, WR11 4DS

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: From 28th November to 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: From £8.00 to £27.50
Location: Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The Elf Express
Dates: Weekends from 28th November – 20th December and then every day from 21st to 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: Compartments for 4 from £80.00, Compartments for 6 from £100.00
Location: Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, The Railway Station, Haworth, West Yorkshire, BD22 8NJ

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Middleton Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: CANCELLED FOR 2020
Ticket Price: N/A
Location: Middleton Railway, Moor Road, Leeds, LS10 2JQ

Amerton Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: Every weekend from 5th December to 20th December and 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: £32.50 per carriage of 6 people
Location: Amerton Farm & Craft Centre, Amerton, Stafford, ST18 0LA

Llanberis Lake Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: CANCELLED FOR 2020
Ticket Price: N/A
Location: Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY

East Kent Railway

Santa by Train
Dates: Weekends from 29th November to 20th December and 22nd to 24th December 2020
Ticket Price: £12.50 per person
Location: East Kent Railway, Station Road, Shepherdswell, Dover, CT15 7PD

Mid Suffolk Light Railway

Santa Specials
Dates: TBC
Ticket Price: TBC
Location: Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW

35 Seriously Festive Santa Train Rides to Try in 2020

35 Seriously Festive Santa Train Rides to Try in 2020

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