Santa Steam Trains 2019 – 23rd Nov to 24th Dec

Make your Christmas extra special by joining us on our Santa Steam Trains. It’s the perfect start to your family Christmas...

Santa has swapped his sleigh for a fun filled journey on an enchanting steam train. Ride on board our award winning Santa Specials and let Father Christmas surprise you with a an exciting present at your seat and a chat with the man himself! We look forward to welcoming you for some pure festive magic.

There are two services to chose from:

Santa Special: Sat 23 & Sun 24 Nov, Sat 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec, Sat 7 & Sun 8 Dec, Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec, Fri 20 Dec, Sat 21 Dec, Sun 22 Dec, Mon 23 December & Tue 24 Dec,

Climb aboard a heritage train and meet Santa and his helpers. Travel from Loughborough to Leicester North and back on the steam hauled Santa Special train. Children receive an exciting gift from Santa, a drink and sweets, whilst adults enjoy festive refreshments too. The whole experience is full of festive fun.

Santa Deluxe:  Sat 30 Nov, Sun 1 Dec, Sat 7 & Sun 8 Dec, Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec, Fri 20 Dec, Sat 21 Dec, Sun 22 Dec, Mon 23 Dec, Tue 24 Dec.

For something even more special try our Santa Deluxe train. Spend longer with Santa on this premium service with an extended journey time and reduced passenger numbers. There’s a really special present, cookies and chocolate toys for the children, refreshments for adults and an entertainer on board to keep everyone in the party spirit. Santa loves having his photo taken so don’t forget to capture some priceless memories

Santa Specials on Wed 4th, 11th, and 18th December - No present supplied
*No present supplied - please feel free to bring your own and Santa will hand these out - give them to one of the helpers on the train when you arrive.

Our online booking system uses electronic tickets that must be printed by visitors, in advance of their visit to the Railway, and presented for inspection on the train. There are no service charges for booking online.

Alternatively, telephone us on 01509 632323 or pop in to the Loughborough Central Booking Office (7 days a week, 9am-5pm). For this service a £2 charge will be made to cover the costs of processing, printing and any postage.

Group Bookings

Group Bookings; for parties of 15 or more a group booking discount is available. Please contact us for further information on 01509 632323

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not be refunded. However, with MORE than 10 days notice to your Santa date, we will endevour to transfer your booking to another service. With LESS than 10 days notice, we will attempt to transfer you to another service upon payment of £3.00 per person administration fee.

No refunds can be provided for visitors who do not arrive at Loughborough Central in time for the booked departure time of their Santa train.

Disabled passengers

If you wish to make a booking that will include one or more disabled passengers, please telephone us on 01509 632323 to make your booking so that we can make any necessary arrangements for your visit.

Car parking

You need to reach Loughborough Central Station, Great Central Road, LE11 1RW. On street parking is generally available but may be some distance from the station; double yellow lines have been painted on several road junctions and the Council/ Police enforce these. We recommend that you allow at least 30 minutes before your booked departure time to allow for parking and walking to the station.

All of our Santa services depart from (and return to) Loughborough Central. You'll miss the fun if you visit our other stations, Quorn, Rothley or Leicester North.

Please ignore any brown "tourist signs" to Great Central Railway, other than ones marked Loughborough.


Passengers are conveyed by the Company's trains in accordance with the Company's "Conditions of Carriage" (as shown on this website). All train services, locomotives, exhibits and other attractions appear subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice.


Our next running day

We are operating steam-hauled passenger trains this weekend 15th and 16th August 2020 (pre-booking is essential).

Our on-train dining services remain suspended at present, but we are reviewing this situation regularly and will be pleased to transfer existing bookings to a future date when dining services resume...
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