Santa's Special Trains4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 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!

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 Santa Waving to Passengers Santa's Special Train

HE'S AGREED TO RETURN FOR 2021, 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"


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!

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.

Please note that whilst Santa's special trains will use the same train as that used for our Epping Ongar Light Fantastic service, the external lights will not be switched on for these trains.

Santa and his team Santa on the train

Dates

Santa's Special Trains run on 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December.

All trains run from North Weald, with connecting bus services from Epping Underground station (Central Line, zone 6) and Ongar included in the fares.

Santa Selfie

Ticket Prices

As well as our popular private compartments, this year we are able to offer a "family space" in our open coaches for up to 6 people. This space is exclusive to your party around tables either side of a central aisle. For both compartments and the family space you can add up to two additional adults, for an additional charge, during the booking process. 

Compartment for up to 8 people: £225  - ** FULLY BOOKED **
Compartment for up to 6 people: £175  - ** FULLY BOOKED **
Family group in open coaches (up to 6 people): £160
Family group in open coaches (up to 4 people): £105 (only 1 available per train) - ** FULLY BOOKED **

Getting to us

All trains will depart from North Weald station. (Postcode CM16 6BT). Do not follow the brown signs as these will direct you to Ongar station - use the postcode shown to find North Weald station. You will not be able to join these trains at Ongar.

Car parking will be available at North Weald station, at a cost of £5 per vehicle, with proceeds going towards railway projects.Due to limited space for parking only one car can be booked per booking. An alternative option is to use the free heritage bus service detailed below. 

A special heritage bus will operate from Epping Underground station and Ongar town centre. Travel on these buses is free of charge, but due to limited capacity these must be pre-booked. Buses depart at the times shown on your seperate bus tickets.

If you wish to use the bus then you only need to select one bus ticket per booking as it will cover all passengers in your group. 

Travelling via the Central Line? You can use the TfL journey planner to plan your journey to Epping in time for the connecting heritage bus.

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

All of our magical, entertaining, and festive team including Santa and his elves, are looking forward to welcoming you on board.


Additional Information

Important additional information can be found here.

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.

A festive North Weald station

All passengers must adhere to any government guidance or restrictions in force at the time of travel. We recommend that passengers wear face coverings whilst on board the train, in station buildings and on platforms. 


Current Availability

Updated: 22 November, 19:30

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Day Date Time 6 Seat Family Space 6 Seat Compartment 8 Seat Compartment
Saturday 4 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Sunday 5 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Saturday 11 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Sunday 12 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Saturday 18 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Sunday 19 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Monday 20 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Tuesday 21 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Wednesday 22 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Thursday 23 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      
14.20      
16.00      
Friday 24 December 09.20      
11.00      
12.40      

The colours in the tables above indicate availability as follows:

  Good availability
  Limited availability
  Fully booked

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