Santa Specials

Come and join us for our Santa Specials in 2021!

This page contains information from last year, we will update it for 2021 very soon!

Santa and his Elves are back for 2020! Come and enjoy the magic with us!

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to sell individual tickets this year. We are selling tickets on a compartment basis in our carriages, where your family will be 2 metres away from other guests. Our compartments are quite small which makes social distancing for mixed households difficult.

We have now SOLD OUT, thank you!

Board a steam train at Amerton Station and travel to Toyland to meet Santa and receive a hand-picked gift! Everyone also receives a festive goodie bag while surrounded by beautiful Staffordshire countryside as the train meanders through the fields on a frosty winter’s day.

Tickets are £32.50 per carriage compartment which seats 6 people.

COVID-19 Safety

We have been running passenger trains for several months now since being able to re-open after lockdown. We have developed and perfected our safety practises to minimise any risks on your visit. The major changes to Santa Specials this year are as follows:

  • Carriages fogged with disinfectant daily
  • Common touch surfaces cleaned regularly
  • Reduced train capacity to help enforce social distancing
  • One-Way system on the platform to reduce busy spots

It’s all for Charity!

This event is organised by our volunteers to support the charity that maintains our heritage steam and diesel locomotives. All of our volunteers are very enthusiastic and are eager to make sure your visit is as special as possible. If you have any questions or special requests, please let us know!

In the past we’ve had marriage proposals, with the ring presented by Santa, as well as baby gender reveals and special birthday or Christmas presents!


Our Santa Specials are running on every Saturday & Sunday in December, and Christmas Eve.

We have presents for children of all ages from babies to 8+.

Please note that you will be unable to book tickets for a train on the same day you wish to travel, booking closes at midnight.

Contact us


Call: 01889 271337

Helpie FAQ

  • Can we have different households in the same compartment?

    The current Government guidelines ask different households to stay distanced from each other when together. The compartments on the train are not very big (approx 2m x 1.5m) and this may make it more difficult to stay distanced from each other. We have closed compartments so there is a gap between each group on the train. As we do not know your exact circumstances you will need to make a decision on whether your group is following the Government guidance.

    For more information on the current rules please visit the Government website. 

  • What are your train times?

    Our train times are as follows:

    • 11:00
    • 11:40
    • 12:20
    • 13:00
    • 13:40
    • 14:20
    • 15:00
    • 15:40 (Doesn’t run on Christmas Eve)
    • 16:20 (Doesn’t run on Christmas Eve)
    • 17:00 (Doesn’t run on Christmas Eve)
  • What’s in the goody bag?

    We’re still working this out exactly. But it will contain some Christmas chocolate, sweets for the children, some colouring sheets and colouring pens.

  • Does my baby still count as one of the 6 people?

    If your child still needs to be carried then they can be in addition to the 6. If your child would normally sit on their own then please count them as one of the 6.

  • What happens if I get COVID symptoms and must isolate?

    If you notify us with a minimum 24 hours notice that you cannot travel we will try to transfer you to another day, or refund you in full.

  • What happens if COVID restrictions change and you cannot run?

    If we need to cancel our trains due to changes in the restrictions we will refund you in full.

  • If there are not 6 of us do we still have to pay for a whole compartment?

    Yes, our ticketing system cannot sell two different types of ticket for the same compartment and we think this is the safest way for our guests and volunteers to book in order to preserve a two metre distance between bubbles.

  • Why are the prices so different to last year?

    Due to the changes we have had to make to how we run our Santa trains we are having to sell compartments rather than individual tickets. This price includes up to 6 people, rather than the individual tickets we have sold previously. We have tried our best to keep prices low and feel this is still great value compared to similar local attractions.

  • Do we get reserved seats?

    Our carriages do not have seat numbers, so we cannot reserve seats. We suggest that if you are in a large group that you arrive at the station in plenty of time for your train.

  • Are the carriages heated?

    The carriages we use are old and although we have done lots to improve them they are partly open to the elements, mostly on one side. Please wrap up warm.

  • Do we get off the train to see Santa?

    Santa comes along the outside of the train to meet all the passengers as we don’t have facilities to accommodate all the passengers away from the train.

  • How long are you on the train for the Santa Specials?

    You will be on the train for around 25 minutes. This will include time at ‘Toyland’ while you see Santa.

  • Do I have to create a PayPal Account?

    We use Paypal to process all our card transactions. You can complete the payment without setting up an account by using the guest checkout which appears when you are directed to paypal. Ensure at the bottom of the form where it asks Why not Create a Paypal Account you click on No Thanks and agree to the terms and conditions.

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