December 7th, 2017
Santa Trains are now as synonymous with Christmas as mince pies or twinkly tinsel. For a narrow gauge railway they are important, and busy, events in the annual schedule. They are well-loved by children and parents, as an already exciting adventure on a real train becomes bound with special Christmas childhood memories.
Despite today’s fast paced world of computer games and 3D films, the old-fashioned combination of trains and Christmas is still a winning one, and it still truly captures children’s imaginations.
So, if you fancy a truly magical Christmas treat for all the family this year, then why not hop aboard onto one of North Wales Santa Trains? Here’s our pick of the best:
- Gypsy Wood Park (near Caernarfon) is open this Christmas for Santa train rides and grotto. Open 8, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December. Booking not required. www.gypsywood.co.uk
- Ffestiniog Railway (Porthmadog) are running Santa trains on the 9,10, 16, 17, 22 and 23rd December. Booking is essential, for more information see their website
- Santa is at the Llangollen Railway weekends between the 23rd and 24th December. Booking is required, please see the website for prices and times.
- Santa will be at the grotto at Bala Lake Railway this December. Visit bala-lake-railway.co.uk for more details.
- Llanberis Lake Railway are running Santa trains on the 9, 10, 16 and 17th December. Advanced bookings only. See the website for details.
- Don’t miss Santa on the Fairbourne Railway. He’ll be making a special appearance there on the 16th and 17th December. Booking is advisable, see fairbournerailway.com for details.
- Santa will be riding on the Talyllyn Railway (near Dolgellau) on the 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th December. See their website for times and prices.
- The Vale of Rheidol Railway (Aberystwyth) will welcome Santa on board on the 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23rd December. More details here