2018 Santa Specials1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December



 Santa on Train Santa with his special train

Bring the family to see Santa on his special train with the fantastically festive Epping Ongar Railway Santa Specials!

The experience starts at North Weald Station where you will get the chance to get in the spirit with something from one of our festive food or sweet stalls whilst you listen to our live brass band! As you wait for the train perhaps you will meet our characters who will be walking around the crowds looking for the nice children to make sure that Santa will find them later. Naughty children will not be allowed to board the train!

All children will receive a present from Santa, and adults can enjoy a free drink and christmas treat.

Not long after arriving you will be invited to move over our footbridge; and then take your allocated seats on the train. Whilst the nice children wait for Santa to find them on the train and give them a present, our entertainers will be around to keep you busy. The children will find time to write a letter for Santa or enter our drawing competition. When you return to North Weald there should be time to get a quick picture of the train with the big man himself. However time is limited and this is not guaranteed.

Santa, Mrs Christmas, Scrooge and The Grinch Santa on the train

Would you like a more exclusive family experience?

We can offer your family exclusive use of one of our compartments - follow this link more details

Santa Specials run on the 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December.

All trains run from North Weald, with connecting bus services from Epping Underground station and Ongar included in the fares.

Santa Selfie

Departures from North Weald are at 09:45, 11:25, 13:05, 14:45 & 16:25 (the 09:45 departure does not run on 1,2, 20 or 21 December, the 16.25 does not run on 20 December and the 14:45 and 16:25 departures do not run on 24 December). Our vintage buses will run between Epping Underground and Ongar Town Centre to North Weald to conveniently connect with Santa's special train, as shown below.

We recommend you start your journey at Epping or Ongar. There is limited parking at North Weald station. Priority will be given to blue badge holders. Please park responsibly in the local area, but refrain from parking in the neighbouring road 'Tempest Mead'.

You should allow up to 2 1⁄2 hours for your Santa Special experience from either Epping or Ongar.

Starting from Ongar

Please park in Ongar Town Centre - parking is free in December. There is limited disabled parking at Ongar station, and this must be booked in advance. (enquiries@eorailway.co.uk)

The bus will pick up from the stop opposite the library and from the top of the station approach road at the times shown below. There is no need to go to Ongar Station. There is a car park opposite the Two Brewers pub and buses will call here too - 5 minutes earlier than the times below.

Starting from Epping

Our 339 heritage bus service operates from right outside Epping Underground station (Central Line, zone 6), picking up at any bus stop along Epping High Street and North Weald High Road to North Weald station. A large car park is available at Epping station (charges apply).

Connecting bus and train shuttle times
Buses leave Epping and Ongar 08.55 10.30 12.10 13.50 15.30
Santa's special train departs from North Weald at 09.45 11.25 13.05 14.45 16.25
Buses depart North Weald for Epping Station and Ongar at
(*Epping only)
















Ready to buy your tickets?

Please use the links below.

Fares for 2018 are £17.50 or £20 depending on day and time of train. There is no premium for travelling on Christmas Eve.

Please note that this year we have a system to select your own seats when booking. For standard bookings, the coaches have names and the experience is the same whichever coach you choose. If your choice of seating is not available in one coach then please select another. You will be asked to confirm whether you want a bus from Epping or Ongar. This is so we can plan how many buses to put on each route. There is no extra charge for the bus.

For bookings in compartments - follow this link


Availability Updates

The following table shows the latest availability for open seating on Santa's Special Trains.

Santa's Special Trains availability at 10 December



We hope you find all the information you need on this page, but if you have any queries, then please drop us a line via Facebook or Twitter, or email our dedicated sales team.

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