Santa Claus is coming to the… North Yorkshire Moors Railway!

Santa Special Dates departing from Pickering Station: 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16 and 22 & 23 December 2018

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

Departing from Pickering Station, the Santa Express brings Christmas to life and gives children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning - providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

  • Santa will visit you in your seat and see if you've been good or bad? 
  • Meet Santa's Helpers onboard as they tell Christmas stories along the way!
  • Age appropriate present for each child.
  • Approx. 75 minute journey on board the Santa Express.
  • Christmas Activity Bag.
  • Mince Pie, Hot Drink & Alcoholic Tipple for each adult.
  • Juice and a piece of fruit for each child. 
  • Meet baby reindeers (Unfortunately due to illness within the herd our baby reindeers will be unavailable whilst they recover at the North Pole). 
  • Santa Express Photo Opportunity. 

Santa Specials will depart from Pickering Station at 9:35, 11:10, 13:55 & 15:30, lasting approximately 75 minutes. Price Adult £22, Child £22 including present and activity bag.

Group Rates (20+) can be booked via Customer Services on 01751 472508. Prices from £20 per adult or child.


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Terms & Conditions

  • Departure times will be 09:35, 11:10, 13:55 and 15:30 from Pickering lasting approximately 75 minutes per fixed round trip.
  • The Pickering Santa Specials are non-stop departing from Pickering to Levisham.
  • Pickering Santa Specials include live actors onboard the service and Father Christmas visiting each child in their seat onboard the service.
  • Drinks and mince pies are to be collected from the Learning Centre (Platform 2) before services depart. There will be NO onboard catering on the Pickering Santa Specials.
  • The Tea Room will close after the last service departs.
  • The Station Shop will stay open for the return of the last train at Pickering and Grosmont.
  • No pets are allowed on Santa Special services other than assistance dogs.
  • Concessions for Carers and Disabled People. Our policy admits the necessary companion, or carer, of a disabled visitor free of charge, while the Santa Special ticket cost applies to the disabled visitor – both adults and Children. We request customers who have purchased a free Carers ticket online to please produce of one of the following forms of ID: Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Document, Disability Living Allowance Record Book, Attendance Allowance Book, Invalidity Benefit Book, Visual Impairment Registration Card (BD8), Blue/Orange Parking Permit or written confirmation of the above from the DWP with photographic identification.
  • Due to carriage restrictions we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs or pushchairs onboard the Santa Specials at Pickering. We can accommodate a limited number of wheelchairs at Grosmont. Please speak to Customer Services in advance of booking. Telephone 01751 472508 then *242, or email on [email protected]
  • Disabled Parking is available at both Stations (Charges apply) – more details can be found
  • All Santa Special Tickets will be posted from the w/c 12 November 2018.

Groups Terms & Conditions 

  • Discounted Group Rates are available for groups (20+) full paying passengers. Group Organisers/Free leaders are charged at the agreed Group discount rate.
  • Group Trade number confirmations must be confirmed by 28 September 2018. The agreed numbers will be invoiced at this point.
  • Group bookings (non-invoice clients) are required to make a 50% deposit to make a booking and reserve seating. The remaining balance will be due 28 September.
  • For all group bookings we require confirmation of adult and child numbers. For children travelling we also require gender and age to provide appropriate present.
  • Group tickets will be posted in advance of service.
  • All Santa Special Tickets will be posted from the w/c 12 November 2018.

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