Winter Wonderlights 2020 – 27th & 28th 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, and now also on 27th and 28th December our "Winter Wonderlights" experience can be enjoyed once again as we return for our second year.


Update 20th December: Winter Wonderlights trains to continue as planned - 

Our Winter Wonderlights trains are currently going ahead as planned.

We are delighted that services can continue, and very much look forward to welcoming you to the railway.


Pre-booking is essential for our Winter Wonderlights trains.

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

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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.

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


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




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.

Our Butler Henderson Cafe and Tin Shed will be open to serve refreshments (for take away).



Changes to the service during Tier 3 restrictions

Our local area of Charnwood is subject to Tier 3 restrictions from 2nd December until at least 16th December. During Tier 3 restrictions, there will be some changes to the Winter Wonderlights train services as follows:



Due to the regulations we are not able to provide a refreshment service onboard the train, but a take-away service will be available from our Butler Henderson Café at Quorn & Woodhouse prior to boarding the train.



The journey

The Winter Wonderlights train service departs from Quorn & Woodhouse station this year, and carries passengers to Leicester North station (The Leicester North Pole). Here you can see Santa's sleigh, and there might even be some polar bears!

Then join a train back to Quorn & Woodhouse. The journeys last for around 70 minutes in total.


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)
Sun 27th Dec - Newly added 17:45 19:35  £82.00
Mon 28th Dec - Newly added 17:45 19:35  £82.00



Tickets can only be booked online...


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 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 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 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

Happy New Year to all of our visitors and supporters!

Due to the present national restrictions, we will not be operating trains during January of 2021, and our cafés are also closed at the present time.

We will return, and look forward to the resumption of train services, and general reopening soon.

We will post regular updates here on our website.

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