About Steam into Christmas at Didcot Railway Centre
Climb aboard a train of vintage carriages with a private compartment for each group and listen for the whistle and whoosh of steam as the train sets off on a journey to meet Father Christmas.
Grab your tickets, make tracks to Didcot Railway Centre and Steam Into Christmas! Weekends 04, 05, 11, 12, 18, and 19 December plus Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 December.
Santa is letting his reindeer take a rest ahead of Christmas Eve, and he will be on a special train full of presents in a wonderfully decorated Victorian station. He has a gift for every child, helpers to entertain the family and has arranged a second steam train to take visitors (and their presents) on a festive journey, ready to explore the rest of the 21-acre living museum.
There are seasonal refreshments to enjoy as you explore the original 1932 GWR Engine Shed. Here, you can see more restored locomotives, see onto the footplate of some and meet Eddie the Engine Driver, who will be telling festive tales of the railways at Christmas time.
The refreshments are all included in your ticket price and come in the shape of mince pies and mulled wine/non-alcoholic punch, which will be served to adults. While for children, there’s gingerbread and hot chocolate – with marshmallows, of course!
Gates open at 9.30am, and you will need to book a specific arrival time as space on the trains is limited – you will receive a boarding pass confirming your itinerary on arrival. You should allow around 1½ – 2 hours for your Steam Into Christmas experience but are welcome to stay longer if you wish. The centre closes at 4.00pm.
Select your date and arrival time.
You should arrive at the time booked, allow 1½ – 2 hours for your Steam Into Christmas experience. You are welcome to stay longer if you wish – facilities close at 4.00pm with the last exit at 4.30pm.
There is limited space at this event, so all tickets must be booked in advance.
The Refreshment Rooms will be serving the seasonal refreshments included in your ticket. We recommend you collect these from the Refreshment Rooms and take them with you as you explore the Engine Shed. There will be a limited takeaway menu in addition to the seasonal refreshments.
There are outdoor picnic tables and benches around the centre, which you can use should the weather permit.
Dogs, except assistance dogs, are not permitted at the Steam into Christmas event.