Winter Wonderlights 2021 – From 1st December

Winter Wonderlights 2021

A magical journey by steam train!

We're delighted to confirm that our popular Winter Wonderlights experience is returning this year. See the Great Central Railway like you’ve never seen it before. During the Festive period on selected dates from 1st  December, as well as on selected dates between Christmas and New Year. Our "Winter Wonderlights" experience can be enjoyed once again as we return for our third year.


Our 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.
  • An increased amount of line side displays this year as we expand the event.
  • 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.

Please note that there is no Santa on the Winter Wonderlights trains.


The journey

The Winter Wonderlights train service departs from Quorn & Woodhouse station this year, and carries passengers on a return journey to Leicester North station (The Leicester North Pole).

Why not make an evening of it and visit Butler Henderson Cafe or our nostalgic Tin Shed Bar that will be serving hot food, real ales, ciders, wines and hot Mulled Wine. Our statio yard will be full of Christmas cheer and a selection of funfair rides for the children and food outlets for a selection of tastes.

Entry to the yard is free on production of your travel ticket.

Winter Wonderlights times

Winter Wonderlights trains depart from Quorn & Woodhouse station (LE12 8AG). We encourage passengers to arrive 30 minutes before departure to allow time for parking, and to watch the light -switch-on before boarding.

Trains depart from Quorn and Woodhouse Station (LE12 8AG)

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Booking -

Tickets are now available, please click the banner at the top of the page.



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.
  • Winter Wonderlights trains in 2021 depart from Quorn & Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn, LE12 8AG.
  • A car park is available at the station... We recommend that visitors arrive 30 minutes before departure time to allow time to park and make your way to the station.
  • The Winter Wonderlights trains include flashing lights which may be unsuitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.




All of our Winter Wonderlights train services have been fully risk assessed and are permissible under the current government regulations concerning the Covid 19 pandemic. As required we will be updating the risk assessments to cover any new regulations that the government may announce during the winter season on an ongoing basis.

In the event of a situation arising, due to the Covid situation and/or government regulation , where we have to cancel any or all of the Winter Wonderlight train services, the Great Central Railway will offer a full refund against purchased tickets.

In the event of this situation arising, please go to our web site for details of how to claim your refund, All claimed refunds due to the above will be treated with priority.



All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice.

Our next running day

Santa & Winter Wonderlights

Our Santa and Winter Wonderlights begin on Wednesday 1st December.

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