03 December 2022 to 23 December 2022
About Steam into Christmas at Didcot Railway Centre
Steam Into Christmas and help Santa find his missing reindeer!
Explore the 21-acre site to find each of Santa’s lost reindeer, culminating in a visit to the grotto to meet Santa. Grab your tickets, make tracks to Didcot Railway Centre and Steam Into Christmas! Weekends 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 December, plus Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December.
Kids. There’s been a disaster. Santa’s reindeer have all escaped and are lost. And Santa needs your help. You know that he needs the reindeer to deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve.
Can you help him find them?
Explore the unique collection of Great Western Railway steam locomotives, carriages, wagons, buildings, and small artefacts at the 21-acre museum set around the original 1932 engine shed whilst you locate all the reindeer stations.
You’ll receive a special passport and a stocking as you enter, and at each reindeer station, you’ll receive a small gift as a reward. The visit will culminate with a visit to Santa in the giant toy workshop, where he’ll hear what you want to get for Christmas, and you’ll get to choose your own gift from the selection on offer. Your entry ticket will also include unlimited train rides on the main demonstration line.
There will be seasonal refreshments in the catering building to enjoy as you explore the original 1932 GWR Engine Shed. Here, you can see more restored locomotives, see the footplate of some, and meet Eddie the Engine Driver, who will be telling festive tales of the railways at Christmas time.
Gates open at 9.30am, and you’ll need to book a specific arrival time as space on the trains is limited – you’ll receive a boarding pass confirming your itinerary on arrival. You should allow around 2 to 3 hours for your Steam Into Christmas experience but are welcome to stay longer if you wish – the centre closes at 4.00pm.
Dates & times:
Saturday 03, Sunday 04, Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17, Sunday18, Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December.
Please select your date and arrival time and ensure you book the correct date and number of tickets. Tickets are non-transferable and cannot usually be amended.
Child tickets include admission, christmas stocking, unlimited steam train rides and visit to Santa’s workshop.
Adults tickets also required for admission, unlimited steam train rides and visit to Santa’s workshop.
Free for children under 1, but tickets required.
Arrive at the time booked and allow between 2 to 3 hours for your Steam Into Christmas experience. You are welcome to stay longer if you wish. The facilities close at 4.00pm with the last exit at 4.30pm.
All tickets must be booked in advance as there is limited capacity at the event.
There are outdoor picnic tables and benches around the centre which you are welcome to use should the weather permit.
Dogs, except assistance dogs, are not permitted at the Steam Into Christmas event.
Wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility should consult the centre’s accessibility page.