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All Aboard The Santa Express

Written by Louise Winter


There is no better way to start the Christmas festivities than by meeting Santa. A train journey with a visit to the big man in red is a popular choice with all the family so we have selected some magical must-do train journeys this Christmas time!

Festival of Light; Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Wiltshire – SAVE up to 20% when you book through Days Out With Kids

Enjoy some extra special attractions at Longleat during their Festival of Light event. Marvel at the phenomenal display of Chinese lanterns, meet fairytale characters, and don’t miss the spectacular singing Christmas tree! Of course, a day out is not complete without a visit to Santa Claus so board the Santa Express train for a magical journey you’ll never forget!

The Polar Express; Seaton Tramway, Devon

Enjoy an exciting train journey to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas where you can tell him what you would love for Christmas this year. Join in with the festive carols and don’t forget to come along wearing your favourite pyjamas!
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Santa Special; Avon Valley Railway, Bristol

Climb aboard the Santa Special train which all the family will love! Santa will be waiting to meet all the children and will give them a small gift, and grown ups will have a mince pie whilst enjoying the beautiful countryside.
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Santa Specials; Swanage Railway, Dorset

This extremely popular festive treat is always a hit for families of all ages! Take a ride on the Santa Special train and enjoy a one hour trip through the beautiful Purbeck countryside. Father Christmas will walk along the train and visit every child in their seat to give them a very special early Christmas present!
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Santa Specials; Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Visit Father Christmas at Lakeside Country Park aboard a miniature train and give him that all important list! Every child will receive a present and there are refreshments for all!
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Santa Specials; Bluebell Railway, Uckfield, East Sussex

Take a picturesque journey on this delightful Santa Special train, where the big man will be waiting to greet all the good boys and girls with a festive gift. There will also be Victorian street entertainers and plenty of Dickensian Christmas themed activities to keep the kids occupied!
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Christmas Special Event; Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden, Essex

For a festive day out which all the family will enjoy, visit this fantastic railway and take a train ride through the beautiful scenery to see Santa in his magical grotto. Keep your eyes peeled for the elves hidden in the woods during your train journey!
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2015 Santa Specials; Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk

Hop aboard the Santa Express for an entertaining steam train ride to meet Father Christmas in his grotto. There will be entertainment during your train journey, and you can also visit the railway workshop to learn about what happens behind the scenes.
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Santa Land; Calderstones Park, Liverpool

Santa Land is coming to Liverpool for Christmas this year! There will be so much to keep the kids entertained and you can even take a special Santa Train ride to visit the man himself!
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Santa Specials; East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire

For a magical experience, visit East Lancashire Railway where you will travel through beautiful scenery on a heritage steam train. Santa and his helpers will visit you on the train, and you can also pay him a visit at Bury Station whilst enjoying a brass band and traditional Christmas carols. These Santa trains are extremely popular so pre-booking is advisable.
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Santa Specials; Kirklees Light Railway, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Take a trip on the Santa Express train where you will meet Santa in his festive grotto. There will be a Christmas gift for all the well behaved children and the adults will get a mince pie and a drink.
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Santa Experience; Lightwater Valley, North Yorkshire

Jump on board the Polar Lightwater Express train which will take you on a mystical magical journey to visit Santa in his cabin and enjoy a story by a fire. Kids and adults will receive a special gift, and there will be festive refreshments on offer before enjoying a UV Puppet Show and fairground rides.
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Christmas at Beamish! Beamish The Living Museum of the North; County Durham

There is plenty of Edwardian Christmassy fun at the Beamish museum this year not to miss out on! As well as a visit to Father Christmas and his grotto, you can also enjoy ice skating and take a ride on the steam train, as well as do a spot of shopping and tuck in to tasty festive treats.
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Santa Specials! Stephenson Railway Museum, North Shields, Tyne and Wear

Visit this fantastic museum and hop on board a Santa Special to meet the big man in red and if you have been good, he may even give you an early Christmas present! There will also be entertainers and Victorian musicians to really get you in the festive mood!
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Where will you be visiting Santa this year? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!


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