Written by: Elmtree Press

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 Yorkshire heritage railways to personally check if the children have been well behaved this year!  Here is a list of where you can find him.  Tickets are selling fast so don’t leave it until the last minute to book as you might be disappointed.


As soon as you board the
Keighley and Worth Valley Santa Special, it will feel like Christmas with specially decorated coaches and festive music to get you into the mood. You will be greeted by your steward, who will check your tickets and show you to your seat, before explaining what will happen during the journey.

Join the Santa Special at Oxenhope, Haworth or Keighley Stations for a ten-mile return journey on the steam train, lasting around an hour. Experience nostalgia and the magic of Christmas with festive music to get you into the mood. Santa, Rudolph, Scrooge and the elves visit each child during the journey, delivering presents and the grown-ups are served with a mince pie and seasonal drink: the perfect way for you and your family to start the Christmas season.

All Santa Specials have a buffet car serving real-ale, hot and cold drinks plus a variety of snacks. The hugely popular Pixies Pantry Cafe and Winter Wonderland display will be available in Oxenhope Exhibition Shed throughout the Santa Special period.

Adults & Children 3-15yrs £19.50

Child Under 3yrs £10.00 (seat not allocated)

Babies 0-6m Free (seat not allocated)

*NOTE: 21st, 22nd December and Christmas Eve - all tickets are charged with a £2 supplement. 

Ticket price includes a Day Rover – Unlimited travel

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New for 2019 - Join The Polar Express Yorkshire  at the Wensleydale Railway 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!

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Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, 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.

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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 

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For many families Christmas starts at Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.  The fires are lit at Bolton Abbey station and festive decorations will be all around.  Seasonal fare will be available to purchase from the Refreshment Room and buffet cars, which will be bulging with mince pies and other Christmas treats.

Santa will be on the train, giving out presents to well behaved children, festive music will be playing whilst entertainers and elves will ensure a jovial Christmas spirit throughout.

For sale in our buffet car, there is mulled wine, Christmas cookies, mince pies, the best hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, real ale, Baileys, Irish coffee, gingerbread latte and more!

Trains depart Bolton Abbey station at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm. and 3.00pm giving a round trip of 1 hour on selected dates between 24th November and 24th December.

There are three pricing bands; yellow, orange and red.  Jump on the yellow band dates for the best value with adult fares from £12.80.  Children aged between 3 and 15 (including a present from Santa) also from £12.80. Children aged 2 or under (including a present from Santa) from £7.20.

ADVANCED BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Group bookings welcome. Free parking for passengers at Bolton Abbey station.

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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! Christmas Eve is already fully booked.