Santa Specials25, 26 November; 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December
Bring the family to see Santa on his special train with the fantastically festive
Epping Ongar Railway Santa Specials!
HE'S AGREED TO RETURN FOR 2023, SO IT'S ALL ABOARD FOR SANTA'S SPECIAL TRAIN!
"This was by far the best Santa experience on a railway I've been on over the years"
- All children receive a present from Santa
- Join our vintage London bus service at Epping or Ongar
- Take a return journey on Santa's Fantastically Festive Special Train from North Weald
- Meet Santa and his friends during the experience
The experience starts as you join our vintage London bus service at either Epping Underground station or in Ongar at the times shown below. When you arrive at North Weald Station you will get the chance to get in the spirit with something from our festive food stall 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!
Not long after arriving the excitement mounts as you cross the footbridge to join Santa's fantastically festive Special Train, which will take you on a return journey via the ancient Epping Forest to Ongar. 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.
Dates and times:
Santa's Special Trains run on 25 and 26 November and on 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December
You can choose one of the following times:
- 09:00 (9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 December only)
- 14:00 (not 24 December)
- 15.40 (not 24 December)
Remember, your experience starts on the vintage London bus from either Epping Underground station, or Ongar, at the times stated above, before you join Santa's Fantastically Festive Special Train at North Weald.
As well as our popular private compartments, we offer "family spaces" in our standard coaches for up to 4, 6 or 8 people. This space is exclusive to your party around tables either side of a central aisle. For both private compartments and the 6 seat family spaces you can add up to two additional adults, for an additional charge, during the booking process.
25, 26 November (Early Bird tickets)
Private Compartment for up to 8 people: £220
2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21 December (Standard tickets)
Private Compartment for up to 8 people: £245
22, 23, 24 December (Premium tickets)
Private Compartment for up to 8 people: £270
- If purchasing a private compartment or a 6 seat family space, you will be able to add up to 2 adults to each group for an additional fare during the booking process
- We collect ages and gender of all children in your party during the booking process to allow Santa to provide an appropriate present.
- All fares include the vintage London bus service from Epping or Ongar, a return journey on the train from North Weald, and a present for all children.
- You should allow up to 2 1⁄2 hours for your Santa Special experience from either Epping or Ongar.
Remember the experience starts on board the vintage London bus from Epping Underground station or Ongar town centre. There is no parking at North Weald station.
Follow the Additional Information link below for details of where to catch the bus and parking information.
All of our magical, entertaining, and festive team including Santa and his elves, are looking forward to welcoming you on board.
Thousands of happy festive memories have been made on Santa's Special trains over the years, so act quickly to secure your seats on this fantastically festive family experience.BUY TICKETS NOW
Trains are planned to be hauled by a steam locomotive, though for operational reasons the 15.40 experience may be hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive on some dates. Every effort will be made to operate services as advertised but the Epping Ongar Railway reserves the right to substitute a diesel locomotive for steam in unavoidable circumstances. No refunds will be offered in the event that a diesel locomotive is substituted.
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