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Santa Special

THE PERFECT WAY TO START YOUR CHRISTMAS!

See Santa on a steam train as you take a one hour round trip through the scenic Hampshire countryside. Santa visits every child at their seat with a special gift. Includes white wine and mince pie for the grown-ups and soft drinks for the children.  

No queuing to see Santa! He will visit you in your seat!
Depart from Alresford on a round trip to Medstead and back... or depart from Alton on a round trip to Ropley and back

Read the review by Lets Go With The Children

Santa Specials are advance booking only. Fares and departure times will be confirmed soon and bookings open at the end of the summer.



Fares include all booking fees. This event uses electronic tickets that you print at home. Optional £1 additional fee per booking if you would like printed and posted tickets in a ticket wallet. All seats on the Santa Specials are numbered and allocated (like theatre tickets).

Wheelchair passengers can be accommodated in a special carriage departing from Alresford ONLY. Please call reservations on 01962 733810 to book tickets in this carriage.

Promotional offers and TESCO vouchers are NOT valid for Santa Specials. 

Booking Information
We recommend that you book early as dates fill fast. When booking you will be asked for your date, departure station and time of train. Please ensure you include all members of your party as it may not be possible to add extra people at a later date.
If you wish to sit with another family it will all need to be on one booking. 

You will be asked for the ages of the child(ren) in December so that we can give the correct age appropriate gift. It does not matter if this is a little inaccurate, as each child will be asked on the day by Santa and his helpers. If you feel a child over 3 years is mature for their age you may select the next age bracket. However, legal safety restrictions apply to toys for children under 3 years.

Babies under 1 year are not allocated a seat but are given a gift for 0-12 months to ensure Santa treats every child equally. As Santa visits your family as a whole it is very difficult to exclude Baby from the experience, and it can cause great upset for older siblings. 

Upon booking you will receive a confirmation email which is your proof of receipt. Bookings will then be allocated seats by us and you will be sent an e-ticket to print out at home. Should you wish to receive printed tickets by post you can choose to do so at an additional cost of £1 per booking. Please note that the allocation process is not immediate and e-tickets/printed tickets may take a few weeks to arrive. 

There are no concessions for senior citizens, disabled passengers and carers on Santa Specials as everyone receives the same experience. 

For group bookings of 15+ please call reservations.

Assistance dogs only.

When You Arrive
Children are given a soft drink only and not a snack on the train. Adults receive white wine or a soft drink and a mince pie. You are welcome to bring your own snacks with you; please put your rubbish in the bin bags provided at the end of the journey.

Due to the footbridges on the platforms and internal dimensions of carriages please do not bring pushchairs and prams into the station. We advise you to carry babies and small children on to the trains or use a portable car seat/baby carrier.

If you are departing from Alresford station and have restricted mobility, and are therefore unable to cross the footbridge at the end of the journey, please contact a member of staff on arrival at Alresford for alternative instructions. At Alton station the new SWT footbridge with lifts is now open.

Please allow plenty of time for parking, and possibly a short walk to the stations, to arrive 15mins before your departure.
Please click here for parking information.

The Company does not guarantee that the trains will arrive or depart at the times stated and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice, or to substitute a different train should this be necessary for whatever reason.