Santa's Special Trains5, 6, 12, 13, 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!
ALL TRAINS NOW FULLY BOOKED!
Essex has been placed in tier 2 of the Government restrictions. Our services will operate as planned from 5 December. More information.
HE'S AGREED TO RETURN FOR 2020, 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 new for 2020!
Santa's special trains will operate a little differently in 2020. We have curated a special programme that still preserves the joy and wonder of seeing Santa himself at this special time of year.
Whilst it will not be possible to meet Santa in the traditional way, there will still be opportunities to see him, and get those memorable photographs.
All good children will receive a personal present from Santa; these will be distributed during the journey whilst the train is stopped in a station, by the elves who will leave them at the end of your coach for you to collect.
In order to maintain social distancing, tickets are sold for compartments for up to 6 or 8 people. This is your group's compartment for the entire journey, you will not share it with anyone else. Some of the compartments will be in our open coaches with appropriate screening.
Santa's Special Trains operate on 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December, at the following times:
- 09.20 (Not 21 December)
- 14.20 (Not 24 December)
- 16.00 (Not 21 or 24 December)
All trains depart from North Weald station.
You should allow up to 2 1⁄2 hours for your Santa Special experience.
Getting to us
All trains will depart from North Weald station. (Postcode CM16 6BT). Car parking will be available, at a cost of £2.50 per vehicle, with proceeds going towards railway projects.
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 capcity these must be pre-booked. Buses depart 30 minutes before the times shown above.
Compartment for up to 6 people: £175
Compartment for up to 8 people: £225
- If booking a compartment for 8 people, in line with government restrictions, all people in that compartment must be from the same household or support bubble.
- We may be able to offer bookings for additional adults in your party should government restrictions change.
- We collect names and ages of all children in your party during the booking process to allow us to provide a specially labelled present.
- When booking you will be able to choose your own compartment. The experience is the same whichever you choose.
Due to the need to maintain social distancing, trains will operate with strictly limited capacity so early booking is advised! All tickets must be booked in advance. There will be no tickets available on the day.
All of our magical, entertaining, and festive team including Santa and his elves, are looking forward to welcoming you on board.
SORRY. ALL TRAINS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED.
Important additional information, and terms and conditions of booking, 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.