Santa Specials

25th November to 24th December 

Bookings for 2017 open on 24th June 2017



Tickets from 24th June

Santa Specials

25th November to 24th December 

Bookings for 2017 open on 24th June 2017



Tickets from 24th June

Category: Events in December

Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Tickets on sale 24th June

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Bookings for 2017 open on 24th June 2017

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. Please note you may be sat with other passengers in Classic Santa

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.

Click here for our printable Santa help sheet full of often asked questions and advice


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, £1 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.

Prices: To be advised

Yellow Days 

Classic  - First Class - Premier

Red Days

Classic  - First Class  - Premier 

Please see some of our custmer feedback from our 2016 Santa's

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 took our two boys on the Santa Special today, and I can't recommend it enough. When we arrived and saw the huge number of visitors, I was concerned that it may feel a little conveyer belt and commercial, but the station and platform was adorned with fresh Christmas trees, the brass band played the entertainers turned tricks for the waiting passengers. All the staff were terrific considering they had to perform 6 rounds of Santa special's per day. They also kept the train just full enough for a great atmosphere, and spaced enough to have room for everyone!!
My only tip to the day would be that when the children see the big man himself in the grotto stand them on his left side the back drop for photos, the back drop is infinitely better.
Santa was great too, (his suit was beautiful) taking time out at such a busy time for him!!

Fantastic visit today for the Santa Special. Very well organised and the staff are amazing! Everyone there was friendly and helpful, and great with kids! So glad we visited, it was a day enjoyed by everyone! Thank you to all involved! 

Did the Christmas train ride. Excellent for kids who get a present off santa and great for parents who get some booze on the train! A great Christmas treat for all the family

Had a fantastic Christmas train ride with morning breakfast and meet up with Santa for prezzie! It was so good we have booked it again for this Christmas! Our 2 girls are so excited!!


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