Santa's Special Trains30 November; 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 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


  • Meet Santa on board the train as you journey through the Essex countryside
  • All children receive a present from Santa
  • Festive drink and treat for the Adults
  • Inclusive connecting heritage bus from Epping Underground Station or Ongar (when selected during booking).

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 and his team Santa on the train


Santa's Special Trains run on the 30 November, 1, 7, 8,  14, 15, 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.

Departures from North Weald are at 09:45, 11:25, 13:05, 14:45 & 16:25 (the 09:45 departure does not run on 30 November,1 or 19 December, the 16.25 does not run on 19 December and the 14:45 and 16:25 departures do not run on 24 December). Our heritage buses will run from Epping Underground station (connection with the Central Line, zone 6) and Ongar Town Centre to North Weald to conveniently connect with Santa's special train, as shown below.

Santa Selfie

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'.

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.



An exclusive family experience? 

Our 6 or 8 seat compartments offer you & your family the chance to have a very special festive day out - with specially chosen toys for all the children in the party and exclusive use of the compartment throughout your journey.

£150 for a compartment for 6,
or £180 for a compartment for 8.

You can book compartments via the booking link below. 


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. (

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 heritage bus times

You may need to scroll left and right to see all times.

Buses leave Epping
and Ongar
10.30 12.10 13.50 15.30
Santa's special train
departs from North
Weald at

11.25 13.05 14.45 16.25
Buses depart North
Weald for Epping
Station and Ongar at
(*Epping only)



Group bookings

Group Bookings

We can offer a whole coach for your group up to a maximum of 31 or 64 people! 

Contact our dedicated sales team to book!


Bubbles with Santa

Early Evening Drinks with Santa!

Why not come as a group of adults for early evening drinks with Santa? For just £100 for 4 adult tickets and a Christmas survival pack consisting of an alcoholic drink of your choice and some sweet treats. Only available on the 16.25 departure.

Contact our dedicated sales team to book!

Ready to buy your tickets?

Please use the links below.

Standard fares for 2019 are £18.00 or £21.00 depending on day and time of train. There is no premium for travelling on Christmas Eve.

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


Book Tickets
(Click or tap the button above to book which will take you to our ticket supplier - Tyg tickets)


Availability Updates

The following table shows availability for open seating.

Santa Special Train open seating availability as at 1 December

There is very limited availability for 8 seat compartments with most sold out (as at 30 November the following are available: 19 December - 11.25) 

There is availability for 6 seat compartments as below (as at 30 November). All other trains have sold out.

  • 7 December - 13.05
  • 19 December - 11.25; 13.25; 14.45
  • 24 December - 13.05


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