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Santa specials are a long-standing steam rail tradition, popular with visitors of all ages in the run up to Christmas. The traditionally decorated locomotives and stations get their seasonal overhaul, and passengers can experience the beauty of classic steam rail with a festive twist!

On weekends throughout December, steam railways across the country invite families onboard to enjoy the beautiful countryside along with a visit from the man himself, making it the perfect activity in the run up to Christmas.

Steam trains and Santa specials with Kingfisher Giftwear
South Devon Railway

The South Devon Railway recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and runs along the valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. The trains are kitted out with a special Grotto carriage, and everyone on board will get to visit Father Christmas.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway offers two routes on its Santa Express - one from Grosmont station with an onboard Santa’s Grotto, and the other from Pickering station where Father Christmas comes and visits people in their seats, whilst the elves regale the passengers with Christmas tales along the way.


North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Christmas with Kingfisher Giftwear

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Northern Lights Express - with Kingfisher Giftwear
NYMR Christmas kids tees and freshly printed Northern Lights Express t-shirts we created to coincide with their festive events

NYMR are also famous for their newest attraction - a trip on the Northern Lights Express! The traditional stream trains are decorated with festive lights, and travel through an illuminated forest to Levisham Station for a light show.

West Somerset Railway host a range of festive activities along with the Santa Special, from carol singing to ‘Whistletoe and Wine’ trains! They also bring Santa’s Winter Wonderland to Crowcombe station, where passengers can disembark the steam train to visit Santa’s Grotto, an elves workshop and Santa’s sleigh.

Snowcombe Steam Railway

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Steam railway store supplied by Kingfisher Giftwear

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway’s steam trains meander through the Kent countryside to New Romney station, where passengers can see Santa arrive on his sleigh and can visit Santa’s grotto.


Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway supplied by Kingfisher Giftwear           
Christmas is a huge market for any cultural attraction, and these events are perfectly complimented by a range of festive wear. If you’re running a special Christmas event, get in touch to explore the options!






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