Winter Wonderlights – 23rd November to 30th December


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A magical journey by steam train!

See the Great Central Railway like you’ve never seen it before. During the Festive period from 23rd November to 30th December we are launching for the first time our "Winter Wonderlights" experience.

Our new Winter Wonderlights experience is a train ride like no other:

  • See Great Central Railway as you've never seen it before.
  • A steam train with a magical twist, fantastically dressed in a myriad of lights.
  • Watch from the train as the nearby countryside is illuminated by a spectacular lighting display.
  • Our vintage steam locomotives and carriages transformed into a spectacle that's not to be missed.

Our promotional video shows what's on offer:

Arriving at the beautifully restored Loughborough station, you will be greeted by our volunteers and guided onto the platform to begin an evening of festive joy. And then… the countdown will commence, the lights will come on and the train will come to life; ready for everyone to embark on a magical journey.

A spectacular light show illuminates the beautiful surrounding countryside.

You'll see our historic stations and countryside transformed with snow, lights, and all things festive.

A magical display that can only be experienced from within the train. A perfect evening for the whole family to get everyone in that festive spirit.

Please note that there is no Santa on the Winter Wonderlights trains.
If you're looking for Santa, our popular Santa Steam Trains are also running this year as usual - for more details of our Santa Steam Trains please see 

We regret we are unable to accommodate dogs on these services.






Winter Wonderlights trains run from 23rd November to 30th December (tickets must be pre-booked).

Trains depart from Loughborough Central Station (LE11 1RW)

Date Departures
Saturday 23rd November 17:10 18:30 20:00
Sunday 24th November 17:10 18:30
Saturday 30th November 17:10 18:30 20:00
Sunday 1st December 17:10 18:30
Wednesday 4th December 17:10 18:30
Saturday 7th December 17:10 18:30 20:00
Sunday 8th December 17:10 18:30
Wednesday 11th December 17:10 18:30
Saturday 14th December 17:10 18:30 20:00
Sunday 15th December 17:10 18:30
Wednesday 18th December 17:10 18:30
Friday 20th December 17:10 18:30 20:00
Saturday 21st December 17:10 18:30 20:00
Sunday 22nd December 17:10 18:30 20:00
Monday 23rd December 17:10 18:30 20:00
Friday 27th December 17:10 18:30 20:00
Saturday 28th December 17:10 18:30 20:00
Sunday 29th December 17:10 18:30 20:00
Monday 30th December 17:10 18:30 20:00



Pre-booking is essential for our Winter Wonderlights trains. Tickets are available to purchase online.

Adult: £19 (16 years and over)

Child: £12 (1-15 years)

The ticket price includes a journey on the Winter Wonderlights train departing from Loughborough Central, travelling the full length of our line to Leicester North and back.



Pre-booking is essential for this event.

Ticket can be purchased online here:

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The magic of a steam train and a spectacular light show.


  • Tickets for Wonder Wonderlights trains must be pre-booked.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before the stated departure time. A pre-departure show will take place on the platform with the lights being switched on before the train leaves the station.
  • All Winter Wonderlights trains depart from Loughborough Central Station, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW.
  • There is on-street parking around Loughborough Central Station... Please allow time to park in order to arrive 30 minutes before departure time.
  • The Winter Wonderlights trains include flashing lights which may be unsuitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.
  • Ticket ages: Adults=16 and over, Children=1-15, Children under 1 year may travel on the train free of charge (a separate seat will not be provided).


All locomotives and 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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