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!


Essex has been placed in tier 2 of the Government restrictions. Our services will operate as planned from 5 December. More information.

 Santa Waving to Passengers Santa's Special Train


"This was by far the best Santa experience on a railway I've been on over the years"

While you wait with anticipation on the platform for Santa's Special Train, make sure you have your camera ready - is that Santa himself arriving on his sleigh? He's brought some friends along too! As the excitement mounts after this first sight of the big man himself, look out for the arrival of his Special Train which will take you on a journey towards the North Pole. Half way through the journey, whilst the train is stopped at the station, there is more excitement - is that Santa and his friends again? Experience some special interaction with Santa himself whilst he finds out if you've been bad or good, as the elves distribute the specially prepared presents.

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:

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

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.



Additional Information

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.

A festive North Weald station

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