Santa Steam Trains – from 28 Nov-24 Dec

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

  • Santa visits every child onboard
  • Festive refreshments with our compliments
  • Toys from Santa
  • Have your photo taken with Santa.
  • Prices start from £13

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 (*except on Wednesday 9th & 16th December) and a chat with the man himself! We look forward to welcoming you for some pure festive magic. There's a festive craft market on the platforms from 5th December - perfect for your Christmas shopping and plenty of treats on board too!



There are two services to chose from:

Santa Special

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

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.

Our Santa trains are great fun, so come in the festive spirit!

Wed 9th & 16th - 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.

Book TicketsBookings
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 14 days notice to your Santa date, we will endevour to transfer your booking to another service. With LESS than 14 days notice, we will attempt to transfer you to another service upon payment of £3.00 per person administration fee.

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.

santaphotosmallCar 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 our Santa services depart from (and return to) Loughborough Central. You’ll miss the fun if you visit our other stations at 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:

Meet Santa on a steam train this weekend (pre-booking essential).

Santa trains are running every weekend and selected weekdays between 28th November and 24th December.

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