North Wales Santa Trains 2017

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.

Image courtesy of the Ffestiniog Railway

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.
  • 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 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 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

Image courtesy of the Ffestiniog Railway