One of the most amazing things for children to do in the run-up to Christmas is to take a traditional steam train ride and visit Santa’s Grotto, and of course, share with Santa all the things they would like him to bring them on Christmas Day.
All trains will begin their journey from Platform 4 at Princes Risborough Station (SatNav HP27 9DN), with Santa’s Elves welcoming everyone onboard.
You will then travel on Santa’s steam train to see the Great Man-in-Red in an enhanced Workshop and Grotto at his North Pole station, where the train will halt for a while for refreshments and a much-anticipated visit to see Santa – chat with him and take some great photos for the album – and pick-up that important very first Christmas present.
On the return journey, the Elves will pass through the carriages to ensure all the young folks are pleased with their first presents. The whole experience from leaving Princes Risborough Platform 4 to arriving back again will take around one and a half hours.
Santa has named the 1950s railway carriages after his favourite Reindeer – ‘Rudolph’, ‘Blitzen’, ’Dasher’, and ‘Prancer’. Seats are booked at tables, whereby the organisers will always try to seat everyone together.
The most important thing is that they’ll do our best to provide all of the traditional elements of our Santa experience:
Additional sandwiches, hot sausage rolls, crisps, snacks, and warmed alcoholic punch (mulled wine) may also be purchased on the day from the Station Café at the North Pole station. You may also find some last-minute presents for purchase in our Station Shop.
Christmas comes, but once a year. And the organisers are keen to make it a truly memorable occasion – Santa says we really want you to have a great time and enjoy that festive feeling. The volunteers look forward to welcoming you and your family onboard.
See important booking information below.
Early season dates – 25, 26 November and 02 December 2023 – book online below – Adult/Senior or Child 1 to 12 years £22.00 per person.
Peak season dates – 03, 09, 10, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 December 2023 – book online below – Adult/Senior or Child 1 to 12 years £25.00 per person.
Train departure times and duration:
Princes Risborough departures at 10.30pm, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, duration approximately 1 hour 35 min.
Santa Steam Specials depart from (and return to) Platform 4, Princes Risborough Station, Buckinghamshire HP27 9DN.
Chiltern Railways Pay-and-Display at the station (SatNav HP27 9DN) at the present time on Sat & Sun £5.50, Thur & Fri £8.50.
Buggies and strollers:
Buggies and strollers must be left on Platform 4 at Princes Risborough, or you may prefer to leave them in your car for added security. Sorry, they cannot be carried on the train.
Each Child ticket includes a thoughtful present. ‘Babes in arms’ (under 1 year) do not need a ticket, but they will still receive a small gift.
Mince pies and a drink of tea, coffee, chocolate or a warm cordial is included in the ticket price and will be served at Chinnor station. Sorry, the organisers are unable to provide for any special dietary needs.
Wheelchair space is only available in a separate area of the train and is limited to one disabled person and one accompanying carer at the individual seat prices shown above – to book, please call 07979 055366.
Passengers in one booking will be seated together where possible. Tables in the carriages seat 4 people, and if your booking is for individual seats in multiples other than 4 people, you may be sharing a table with another family.
Groups are welcome, and the organisers will always try to ensure you are sat together, but please note there are NO discounted fares. For bonafide groups of Brownies, Cubs and similar organisations, they may be able to offer concessions for a limited number of accompanying adults – please enquire via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlike some Santa experiences, all small pet dogs are welcome to travel on the Santa Special trains, but they must be kept on a short lead and are not allowed on the seats – please bring a blanket for them to sit on. However, due to hygiene and other considerations, dogs (except Assistance / Guide dogs) cannot be taken into Santa’s Grotto.