Winter Wonderlights 2020 – 5th to 23rd December 2020

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 from 5th to 23rd December our "Winter Wonderlights" experience can be enjoyed once again as we return for our second year.


National "lockdown" from 5th November to 2nd December 2020
Following the Prime Minister's announcement of a new national lockdown beginning on 5th November, our Winter Wonderlights trains on 28th, 29th November and 2nd December 2020 are postponed.Customers who have booked online for these trains will be contacted by e-mail before the close of business on Monday 2nd November with options regarding their booking.Thank you for your support during these difficult times and we look forward to welcoming you back to the railway as the situation improves.Winter Wonderlights trains after 2nd December are currently unaffected and expected to go ahead as planned.


Pre-booking is essential for our Winter Wonderlights trains.

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All of our Santa Express and Winter Wonderlight 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 next few weeks 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 Santa or 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.



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.
  • 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.

The Winter Wonderlights trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse station (LE12 8AG) in 2020

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



The Winter Wonderlights train at Quorn & Woodhouse in 2019.

How is the experience different this year?

Our Winter Wonderlights trains will depart from Quorn & Woodhouse station this year, but will still deliver the same magical display of lights as the train travels down the line.

We are planning lots of exciting additions to the displays this year to deliver an experience that's better than ever.

Why not make an evening of it, on the yard we have a Christmas Village, Fun Fair and Christmas Cheer from the Butler Henderson Cafe and Tin Shed Shanty Bar.

We're planning to make refreshments available onboard once again, however in order to assist the on train staff, why not buy your first drink from the Marquee where there will be Real Ales, Lager, Ciders, Wines, Prosecco and Hot Mulled Wine. On the train, please do not leave your compartment for refreshments as the staff will provide a trolley service for your convenience.

More details of the experience will be added soon.



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.

Date Departure times
From Quorn & Woodhouse
Price per compartment (for up to 6 people)
Sat 28th Nov 17:45 19:35  £ 77.00
Sun 29th Nov 17:45 19:35  £77.00
Wed 2nd Dec 17:45 19:35  £77.00
Sat 5th Dec 17:45 19:35  £82.00
Sun 6th Dec 17:45 19:35  £82.00
Wed 9th Dec 17:45 19:35  £82.00
Sat 12th Dec 17:45 19:35  £87.00
Sun 13th Dec 17:45 19:35  £87.00
Wed 16th Dec 17:45 19:35  £87.00
Sat 19th Dec 17:45 19:35  £87.00
Sun 20th Dec 17:45 19:35  £87.00
Mon 21st Dec 17:45 19:35  £97.00
Tues 22nd Dec 17:45 19:35  £97.00
Weds 23rd Dec 17:45 19:35  £97.00



Tickets can only be booked online initially.


Disabled passengers

If you wish to make a booking that will include one or more disabled passengers, please email with your preferred date and time or telephone us on 01509 632315 so that we can make any necessary arrangements for your visit.



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 2020 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 locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice.

Our next running day

Due to the new national lockdown from 5th November 2020, our train services are currently suspended.

Customers who have booked for services between 5th November and 2nd December are being contacted regarding their booking.

Our Santa and Winter Wonderlights trains after 2nd December are currently unaffected and expected to go ahead as planned.

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