"Simply Santa" &
"The Santa Express"

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What's happening this Christmas?

This festive season, you can choose from TWO special Santa events at Whistlestop Valley:  "Simply Santa" or "The Santa Express."

 

Both events feature a trip aboard the heated carriages hauled by one of our steam locomotives; transporting you to the North Pole!

 

Whilst at the North Pole, you will have a one-on-one meeting with the big guy himself inside his cosy grotto, filled with sacks of presents for the good girls & boys. Santa's cheeky elf will be causing Christmas chaos at the Shelley North Pole - will you spot them?!

 

There'll be a complimentary edible festive treat and drink for everyone plus the opportunity to make up a bag of magical reindeer food to take home with you and write out your Christmas wish to hang on the magical Wishing Tree. You'll also be able to have a Yuletide whizz around the duck pond on our ride-on miniature train at the front of Clayton West Station.

  • SIMPLY SANTA features all the above

  • THE SANTA EXPRESS also includes a 25 minute Christmas Elf Show

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Timetable

SIMPLY SANTA

Simply Santa experiences will take place on Fridays 2, 9 & 16 December 2022

 

Simply Santa services will depart at 11am, 12.20pm, 1.40pm, 3pm & 4.20pm

The time you book is your DEPARTURE time, NOT your arrival time!

THE SANTA EXPRESS

The Santa Express will take place on: weekends from 26 November t0 18 December 2022 & daily from 20-24 December 2022.

The Santa Express will depart at 10am*, 11.20am, 12.40pm, 2pm, 3.20pm, 4.40pm & 6pm**

The time you book is your DEPARTURE time, NOT your arrival time!

*10am service will not run on 26-27 November 2022

**6pm service will not run on 24 December 2022

KEY INFORMATION

SIMPLY SANTA includes:

  • Return steam train ride to Shelley North Pole

  • Individual family meeting with Father Christmas

  • A gift for all children over 12mths (under 12mths have the option of selecting a gift or not when booking)

  • Opportunity to make up a bag of magical reindeer food to take home

  • Opportunity to write your Christmas wish and hang it on the Wishing Tree

  • Edible festive treat for all guests over 12mths

  • Meet Father Christmas’ cheeky elf 

  • The outdoor playgrounds, covered jumping pillow & Clayton Flyer miniature ride-on railway 

  • The Firebox café and gift shop will be open

  • The Turntable ice cream parlour will be open at the North Pole

  • Visitors can arrive from 10.30am & stay until 5.30pm

THE SANTA EXPRESS includes:

  • EVERYTHING listed above in Simply Santa PLUS:

  • A 25 minute Christmas Elf Show (drop in, no need to book an allocated slot)

  • Tram platform rides at the North Pole

  • Hot food kiosk at the North Pole

  • Visitors can arrive from 9.30am & stay until 7pm (from 10.25am on 26/27 Nov & until 6pm on 24 Dec)

Ticket Prices

SIMPLY SANTA

Adult: £14.95

Child (over 12 months): £19.95

Infant with gift (under 12 months): £12.95

Infant with NO gift (under 12 months): FREE

THE SANTA EXPRESS

Adult: £19.95

Child (over 12 months): £24.95

Infant with gift (under 12 months): £12.95

Infant with NO gift (under 12 months): FREE

Concessions, family tickets, discounts, vouchers, promotions, passes & offers are NOT available/valid on the Christmas specials

 

All bookings incur a £1.80 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket)

 

Advance booking is necessary - these events WILL sell out! 

Your ticket will be valid for one allocated return journey from Clayton West Station to Shelley North Pole on a reserved, timed service with allocated seating.

 

The time you select is the time your train will DEPART Clayton West Station - please do not be late as the trains will not wait!

Age categories for gifts:

The age on the ticket dictates the age-appropriate gift given by Santa.

 

If your child's age is towards the end of a category, we advise moving up to the next age category:

  • Under 12 months

  • 1-2 years old

  • 3-5 years

  • 6-9 years

  • 10-13 years

  • 14-17 years

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Bookings MUST be made online and full payment is required at the time of booking.

We regret that we cannot make bookings over the phone or in person - please do not put our staff in an awkward position by asking us to do so!

All  bookings will incur a £1.80 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket).

After making your booking, you will receive an email confirmation - please keep it safe as you will need it on the day of your visit.  Nearer to the time, you will be sent an email with further details about your Santa experience - keep an eye on your inbox and SPAM folders!

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable unless the event/service is cancelled by Whistlestop Valley.  

 

If an event/service operates as scheduled but a ticket holder is unable to attend/use their tickets for whatever reason, no refund will be given.

 

Whistlestop Valley will do its best to operate the advertised event/services. 

 

Should the Whistlestop Valley cancel an advertised event/service, tickets may be transferred to an alternative event/service (subject to availability) or a full refund may be given.

 

Vouchers, offers, concessions, carers discounts, promotions & other discounts are not valid for this event.

Please note

  • Seats aboard Simply Santa and The Santa Express are allocated. Any tickets booked together on one order will be seated together with no social distancing. We will NOT be able to alter this later

  • These services feature illuminations and flashing lights at the stations, on the train and in the grotto. Please consider this when making bookings for those with sensitivities to flashing lights

  • The last service on Christmas Eve (24 December) features a small fireworks display. Please consider this when making bookings for those with sensitivities to flashing lights and/or loud noises

  • Concessions, family tickets, discounts, vouchers, passes & offers are NOT available/valid on these special events

  • We anticipate that face coverings MAY need to be worn on the Santa trains (unless you are under 11 or have an exemption), in the station facilities, in the marquees & inside the Grotto. We will, of course, be led by the Government & Public Health England guidance

See our other seasonal events: