Santa Specials

If you missed the opportunity to join us last year, we will be opening bookings for 2016 in June

26th November to 24th December 

Yellow Days

Classic £14.00 - First Class £19.00 - Premier £180.00

Red Days

Classic £18.00 - First Class £25.00 - Premier £225.00


Category: Events in December

Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016

Santa Cabin, Dave the Clown, Presents, Thomas Santa, 1st Class Santa Specials

If  you missed the opportunity to join us in 2015 we will be opening bookings for 2016 in June

Please make sure you arrive an hour before the train departs, to give you time to go through Santa's Grotto

Your Santa experience starts with a welcome from our station staff and badge team - entertainment is provided at busy weekends. This is followed by an exciting visit to Santa's log cabin where each child receives a special present from the old gentleman himself.

Following a short wait families then join our steam hauled, decorated train for a 50 minute ride to Peterborough and return.

During the journey our train staff serve the children with a drink and chocolates. Parents and other adults are not forgotten with a mince pie and either an alcoholic miniature, wine or a hot drink. Santa walks through the train to see the children, providing an opportunity to take photographs and to wish everyone the compliments of the season.

Choose how you would like to travel on the Santas with these three options

Classic Santa - Includes entertainment on the train as well as refreshments, crackers and of course Santa popping by to say hello.

First Class - Travel in special carriages and enjoy our luxury service with additional refreshments and crackers plus the option of a breakfast platter (which must be pre-booked and is only available on the 10am service- When we are serving Bacon Croissants & Croissants with Jam) serving 4  - A vegetarian option is available.

Also lunch platter (which must be pre-booked - Selection of finger buffet items) Small Plate serving up to 3 people  or our Large Plate serving 4-6 people  - A vegetarian option is available.

Premier 1st Class - This is a sumptuous private compartment where your own personal Waiter/Waitress will serve a platter of festive fare during your journey. The compartment seats up to 6 people.

Advance Booking Essential via our online booking service (This is an e-ticket, you need a printer to be able to produce it and please bring it with you). If you do not have a printer available, 60p will be added to your order and we will send the ticket out to you.  

All our Santa Trains depart from and return to Wansford and cannot stop at any stations along the line to collect passengers.

Hear Jane Smith's visit to the Nene Valley Railway to ride on one of our Santa Specials

Please do not use the online system for group (20+) bookings.  Also cannot be used for same day bookings

Phone 01780 782833 or 01780 784444 - between 9.30am and 3.30pm

No Refunds are possible but travel vouchers may be given.

Unfortunatly due to the design of the historic coaches used for our Santa Specials, we can only accommodate wheelchair users in Classic Santa. We must be advised if any member of your party is a wheelchair user, please advise when booking.

Please note (1st Class only): Your individual seat allocation will be given to you on presentation of your ticket on the day of travel.


Yellow Days

Classic £14.00 - First Class £19.00 - Premier £180.00

Red Days

Classic £18.00 - First Class £25.00 - Premier £225.00

Please see some of our custmer feedback from our 2015 Santa's

Went on the 1st Santa Special and can't recommend it enough, the staff are all so friendly and helpful & nothing was any trouble, we've throughly enjoyed it thank you

My mum and dad took me on a Santa special here some 27 years ago and this year we came back with my daughter who is 3. We had a brilliant time; really well organised, brilliant santa, fantastic food platter on the train (would highly recommend) and overall a superb family day out.

Will be back again next christmas!!

We've just got home from the Santa special and I feel compelled to comment straight away. It was brilliant! The food, the staff, the atmosphere. Well done to providing a fun & seamless service.

Absolutely brilliant, couldn't have been made more welcome. Friendly staff, excellent service. Attention to detail spot on. Well done to all the staff at NVR. Will definitely be back

Amazing experience on a santa special yesterday will definitely be back next year and would recommend this to anyone. The staff worked so hard, the event was so well organised well done to you all x



Old Station Building

To raise the funds to purchase the Grade 2 Listed station building, including fees, making secure and safe and returning to it's original condition.



Thomas Overhaul

During January of 2014 Thomas retired from pulling trains on the NVR and went in to Hospital for his 10 year overhaul, during this time he will need attention to his Boiler, wheels and tanks, he will also  receive a new coat of paint. The overhaul for Thomas will take over 12 months to complete and will cost over £150.000.


General Funding

The NVR is always striving to improve its facilities and collections.