Southern England

Trains are bound for Santa’s grotto all over Southern England

 
Day Out With Thomas and Father Christmas, Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire. © his is Oxfordshire
Day Out With Thomas and Father Christmas, Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire. © This is Oxfordshire

East of England


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Bressingham, Norfolk
Bressingham Steam and Gardens

Christmas Visits at Bressingham run Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Thursday through Sunday, 21st through 24th December.
Telephone: 01379686900.

Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
Mangapps Railway Museum

Santa Train operates run Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 31st December.
Telephone: 01621 784898.

Castle Hedingham, Essex
Colne Valley Railway

Steam with Santa operates Saturdays and Sundays, 9th through 17th December; Wednesday, 20th December.
Telephone: 01787 461174.

Colchester, Essex
East Anglian Railway Museum

Day Out with Thomas and Santa runs Saturdays and Sundays, 9th through 23rd December (no train Christmas Eve).
Telephone: 01206 242524.

Dereham & Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk
Mid-Norfolk Railway

Polar Express is sold out for 2017.
Winter Warmer Diesel Gala runs Friday and Saturday, 29th and 30th December.
Telephone: 01362 690633.

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Leighton Buzzard Railway

Santa Steam Specials operate Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, 2nd through 17th December; Tuesday through Sunday, 19th through 24th December.
Santa After Dark trains run Saturdays, 16th and 23rd December.
Mince Pie Specials run Thursday and Friday, 28th and 29th December.
Telephone: 01525 373888.

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Nene Valley Railway

Santa Expresss operate Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, 25th November through 20th December; Friday through Sunday, 22nd through 24th December.
Winter Warmer Mince Pie Specials run Saturday through Monday, 30th December through 1st January.
Telephone: 01780 784444.

Sheringham, Norfolk
North Norfolk Railway Poppy Line

Santa Special operates Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Wednesday through Sunday, 20th through 24th December.
Mince Pie Special operates Tuesday through Monday, 26th December through 1st January.
Telephone: 01263 820800.

Wetheringsett, Suffolk
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 3rd through 17th December (no train Saturday 2nd).
New Year’s Day Steam runs Monday 1st January.
Telephone: 01449 766899..

Wroxham, Norfolk
Bure Valley Railway

Steam Trains to Santa operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Wednesday through Sunday, 20th through 24th December.
Mince Pie Specials run Wednesday through Wednesday, 27th December through 3rd January.
Telephone: 01263 733 858.

London


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Ruislip, London
Ruislip Lido Railway

Santa Specials operate Sundays 3rd, 10th, and 17th December; also Saturday 16th December.
Telephone: 07956 058888.

South East England


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Alresford and Alton, Hampshire
Mid Hants Railway – Watercress Line

Santa Special operates Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Thursday through Sunday, 21st through 24th December.
WWII Christmas Leave Trains run Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th December.
Telephone: 01962 733810.

Aylesbury (Quainton), Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Day Out With Thomas & Father Christmas runs Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December.
Santa Specials run Wednesday 20th, Friday 22nd, and Saturday 23rd December.
Telephone: 01296 655720.

Chinnor, Oxfordshire
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Icknield Line

Santa Steam Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 24th December; also Thursday 21st December.
Carol Evening Train runs Saturday 16th December.
Mince Pie Specials run Thursday 28th December through Monday 1st January.
New Year Day Trains run Monday 1st January.
Telephone: 01844 353535.

Didcot, Oxfordshire
Didcot Railway Centre

Day Out with Thomas to visit Father Christmas runs Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Friday and Saturday, 22nd and 23rd December.
Telephone: 01235 817200.

Dover (Shepherdswell), Kent
East Kent Railway

Santa by Train operates Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Friday through Sunday, 22nd through 24th December.
Telephone: 01304 832042.

Havenstreet, Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Thursday through Sunday, 21st through 24th December.
Christmas Carvery Dinner Train runs Saturday 16th December.
Boxing Day Specials run Tuesday 26th December.
New Years ‘Hangover’ Specials run Monday 1st January.
Telephone: 01983 882204.

New Romney, Kent
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 25th November through 17th December; Tuesday through Sunday, 19th through 24th December. Various themes available.
Telephone: 01797 362353.

Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Bluebell Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Friday through Sunday, 22nd through 24th December.
Victorian Christmas Train runs Thursday 21st December.
Festive Feast Train runs Mondays and Tuesdays, 4th through 12th December.
Telephone: 01825 720800.

Sittingbourne, Kent
Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway

Santa Trains operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 23rd December (no train Christmas Eve).
Telephone: 01795 424899.

Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Spa Valley Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Thursday through Sunday, 21st through 24th December.
Christmas Time Cream Teas run Saturday through Monday, 30th December through 1st January.
Mince Pie Specials and Kids for a Quid run Saturday through Monday, 30th December through 1st January.
Telephone: 01892 537715.

Wallingford & Cholsey, Berkshire
Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 23rd December (no train Christmas Eve).
Telephone: 01491 835067.

South West England


Key to holiday icons:   Train ride includes visit with Santa.   Official Polar Express train ride.   Specialty ride; Santa does not appear.   Holiday illuminations.   Christmas shopping excursion.   New Year's party or dinner train.

Bishops Lydeard & Minehead, Somerset
West Somerset Railway

Santa Express operates Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Tuesday through Sunday, 19th through 24th December (no train Thursday 21st).
Santa Steam Special runs Sundays, 10th and 17th December; Tuesday through Sunday, 19th through 24th December (no train Thursday 21st).
Sherry and Mince Pie Specials run Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Tuesday through Friday, 19th through 22nd December (no train Thursday 21st).
Dunster By Candlelight runs Friday and Saturday, 1st and 2nd December.
Christmas Carol Train runs Monday and Tuesday, 11th and 12th December.
Telephone: 01643 704996.

Bitton, Gloucestershire
Avon Valley Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 25th November through 17th December; Monday, 4th December; Thursday through Sunday, 21st through 24th December.
Sherry and Mince Pie Specials run Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th December; Sunday, 31st December and Monday, 1st January.
Telephone: 01179 325538.

Bodmin, Cornwall
Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Santa by Steam operates Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Thursday through Sunday, 21st through 24th December.
Telephone: 01208 73555.

Buckfastleigh, Devon
South Devon Railway

Santa by Steam Train operates Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th December; daily, Saturday 16th through Sunday 24th December.
Carols Down the Line runs Thursday and Friday, 7th and 8th December.
Mince Pie Specials run Monday 1st January.
Telephone: 01364 644370.

Coleford, Gloucestershire
Perrygrove Railway

Christmas at Perrygrove trains operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Friday through Sunday, 22nd through 24th December.
Telephone: 01594 834991.

Cranmore, Somerset
East Somerset Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Friday through Sunday, 22nd through 24th December.
Telephone: 01749 880417.

Lydney, Gloucestershire
Dean Forest Railway

Santa Specials operate Friday through Sunday, 8th through 10th; Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th December; Wednesday through Sunday, 20th through 24th December.
Telephone: 01594 845840.

Newquay, Cornwall
Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Santa Trains run Saturdays and Sundays, 9th through 17th December; Wednesday through Sunday, 20th through 24th December.
Telephone: 01872 510317.

Okehampton, Devon
Dartmoor Railway

The Train to Christmas Town operates Friday through Sunday, 1st through 3rd December; daily Wednesday 6th December through Saturday 23rd December (no train Monday 11th); Wednesday and Thursday, 27th and 28th December.
Telephone: 08000 232383.

Paignton, Devon
Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat

Santa Express operates Saturdays and Sundays, 3rd through 17th December; Thursday through Sunday, 21st through 24th December.
Telephone: 01803 555872.

Parracombe, Devon
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 9th through 17th December; Thursday through Sunday, 21st through 24th December.
Mince Pie Specials run Friday through Monday, 29th December through 1st January.
Telephone: 01598 763487.

Seaton, Devon
Seaton Tramway

Polar Express Tram operates Fridays through Sundays, 1st through 10th December; Friday 15th through Sunday 24th December.
Telephone: 0129720375.

Stoford, Near Yeovil, Somerset
Yeovil Railway Centre

Santa Specials operate Sundays, 3rd and 10th December; Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th December; Saturday, 23rd December.
Telephone: 01935 410420.

Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 10th December; daily, Saturday 16th through Sunday 24th December.
Christmas Belle Trains run Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 24th December.
Christmas Luncheon Trains sold out for 2017.
Telephone: 01929 425800.

Swindon, Wiltshire
Swindon & Cricklade Railway

Santa Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 25th November through 17th December.
Telephone: 01793 771615.

Toddington, Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Santa Steam Specials operate Saturdays and Sundays, 2nd through 17th December; Wednesday through Sunday, 20th through 24th December.
Evening Christmas Carols by Steam Train runs Saturday 9th December.
Evening Mince Pie Specials run Monday 26th December.
Christmas Crackers run Friday and Saturday, 29th and 30th December.
Telephone: 01242 621405.