Christmas Experiences at Whistlestop Valley


What's happening this Christmas?

This festive season, you can choose from THREE FESTIVE events at Whistlestop Valley:  "Tea with Santa", "Simply Santa" or "The Santa Express."

Simply Santa and The Santa Express feature a trip aboard the heated carriages hauled by one of our steam locomotives; transporting you to the North Pole!

Whilst at the North Pole, you will have a one-on-one meeting with the big guy himself inside his cosy grotto, filled with sacks of presents for the good girls & boys. Santa's cheeky elf will be causing Christmas chaos at the Shelley North Pole - will you spot them?!

There'll be a complimentary edible festive treat and drink for everyone plus the opportunity to make up a bag of magical reindeer food to take home with you and write out your Christmas wish to hang on the magical Wishing Tree. You'll also be able to have a Yuletide whizz around the duck pond on our ride-on miniature train at the front of Clayton West Station.

  • SIMPLY SANTA features all the above

  • THE SANTA EXPRESS also includes a 25 minute Christmas Elf Show

Tea with Santa will run on the following dates: 4th, 11th & 18th December 2023

Tea slots will start at: 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm & 3pm

Simply Santa will take place on Simply Santa will run on: Fridays 1st, 8th & 15th December 2023 PLUS Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st December 2023 

On Fridays, trains will depart at: 11am, 12:20pm, 1:40pm, 3pm, 4:20pm & 5:40pm 

On 20th-21st December, trains will depart at 1:40pm, 3pm, 4:20pm, 5:40pm & 7pm. 

The Santa Express will take place on: weekends from 25th November t0 17th December 2023 & daily from 22nd-24th December 2023.

The Santa Express will depart at 10am*, 11.20am, 12.40pm, 2pm, 3.20pm, 4.40pm & 6pm

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November 25, 2023 – December 24, 2023

Whistlestop Valley Park Mill Way Clayton West Huddersfield West Yorkshire HD8 9XJ
Giant Egg Hunt at RHS Gardens
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, HG3 1QB

March 23, 2024 – April 14, 2024

The Yoto Carnegies 2024
Sedbergh, North Yorkshire

April 23, 2024 – April 23, 2024

Santa Specials
North Yorkshire Moors Railway, 12 Park Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ

November 1, 2024 – December 24, 2024