The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is inviting little ones to join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take passengers on a festive journey on selected dates this December*.

Departing from Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby Stations, these Santa Specials bring Christmas to life and give children the chance to meet the legendary man himself in his grotto 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!

Children will also receive a fun activity sheet with colouring pencils and a juice drink when they visit Santa – not forgetting an age appropriate present along with a North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa hat!

Brand new for 2016, passengers travelling from Grosmont will be able to experience an extra Christmas cracker, the chance to meet a small herd of real reindeer (five baby reindeer calves) that will be visiting Grosmont station while Santa temporarily swaps reindeer travel for that of a steam train.

The festive round trip lasts approximately one hour from the departure station and each Santa Express Ticket includes a delicious mince pie and a warming hot drink for everyone with a little alcoholic tipple for the adults. It’s sure to be a Christmas they’ll never forget!

Chris Price, General Manager at North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said: “We look forward to the Santa Specials every year as they always bring so much joy to our younger visitors and to see them leaving the railway with beaming smiles on their faces always makes our Christmas too.

“Christmas at the railway is a special time of year and we can’t wait to see lots of families joining us to experience the festivities.”

Tickets for the Santa Specials cost £20 each and pre-booking is essential to guarantee the time slot and date you want. To book, please visit

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*Santa Specials are running on 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20 & 21st December 2016
Timetable for trains departing from Pickering Station on all December dates:
9.35am – 10.50am
11.10am – 12.25pm
13.55pm – 15.10pm
15.30pm – 16.45pm
Please note: A maximum of 80 children will be allowed on each service from Pickering.

Timetable for trains departing from Grosmont Station on selected December dates:
3, 10, 17, 18, 20 & 21st December 2016
11.15am – 12.40pm
13.45pm – 15.05pm - Please note: A maximum of 80 children will be allowed on this service.
15.30pm – 16.55pm

Timetable for trains departing from Whitby to Glaisdale Station on selected December dates:
4th & 11th December 2016
11.00am – 12.30pm
13.00pm – 14.30pm
15.00pm – 16.30pm

For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555
Laura Quigley – PR Account Director: [email protected]
Sam Wright – Junior Account Executive: [email protected]

Notes for editors
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a non-profitable charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering.
• The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway we own from Pickering to Grosmont.
• Operating over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby.
• Provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
• Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages.
• The NYMR is a fully accredited museum.