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Santa Special Trains


Start: 20/12/2023 End: 20/12/2023 Timetable: Special Timetable
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Sit back and let us get you into the Christmas Spirit with our Santa Special Event. The excitement begins as the train pulls out of Butterley Station and Santa makes his way down the carriages to visit each child at their seat. Of course, followed by his elves and helper with goodies for all passengers. Enjoy memorable trip out for the whole family and all without queues. Car Parking is free too.

This special festive treat features:

  •  See Santa on the train.
  • A gift for every child.
  • A miniature bottle of spirits for every adult.
  • A cookie delivered to your seat for all adults and children.
  • A colouring book and pencils for each child.
  • Pinxton Puppet Show in a heated and decorated marquee after your train journey.
  • Animatronics tableau.
25th Nov – 3rd Dec8th – 17th Dec20th – 24th Dec
Child (15 – 17)£13.95£14.95£15.95
Child (8 – 14)£13.95£14.95£15.95
Child (4-7)£13.95£14.95£15.95
Child (1-3)£13.95£14.95£15.95
Baby (0-1)£4.95£5.45£5.95

New Offer! Santa Special Private Compartment Experience!

Enjoy a festive trip in a private compartment with you and five friends or family members.  This includes all of the other festive treats of standard class with the additional luxury of your own compartment!  There are only seven compartments per trip so book early to avoid disappointment!

Each compartment ticket covers up to six passengers. Up to two extra infants travelling on the lap of an adult can be added at the time of booking. Please contact us if you need any further requirements.

25th Nov – 3rd Dec8th – 17th Dec20th – 24th Dec

How to Book

Our Santa Special tickets are very popular and strictly limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Bookings can be made online.

Departure times are 10:30am, 12pm, 2pm* and 3.30pm*. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before.

If you are booking for a large friend or family group, we suggest booking together where possible to allow us to seat your group together.

Unfortunately we are unable to take bookings in person at Butterley Office during the week.

We also offer discounts for parties of more than 20 – please call us on 01773 570140 for party bookings.

We don’t currently offer discounts of any type on our Santa Special Trains. However if you need any assistance or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Goodie Boxes containing sweets and chocolates in a festive box, are available to purchase for £5.95 at the point of booking.

By telephone: We accept most major debit and credit cards, so call us with your requirements and your card details on 01773 570140.  Please note telephone bookings attract a £5 surcharge.

For our terms and conditions please click here.

*Subject to demand on some dates.

Planning your Visit to the Santa Specials

  • We recommend that you arrive at Butterley Station at least 30 minutes before your train departs.  This allows time for parking, collecting your tickets from the booking office, and purchasing hot drinks etc. from the tea room on the platform before boarding your train. The time shown at the start of the booking slot is the time the train departs. For example, for booking slot 10.30am to 12pm, please arrive at 10am for a 10.30am departure time.
  • The train journey is approximately a one hour round trip.
  • Hot drinks, soft drinks and snacks are available on the platform at Butterley Station once you’ve collected your tickets and before you board the train.
  • A selection of snacks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are available at the on-train bar located in the buffet car.
  • Shelter is provided by a large heated and decorated marquee with an animatronics display. This is also the venue for the Pinxton Puppet Show after your train ride. Refreshments are available on train buffet car.
  • We are unable to accept dogs on the Santa Special Trains, with the exception of assistance dogs.
  • We make all efforts to provide access for those with reduced mobility.  The trains we use for the Santa Specials were designed in the 1950s, and unfortunately were not built with access to people of reduced mobility in mind.  We can currently accommodate passengers who can walk a short distance whilst our volunteers safely stow their wheelchair in the luggage compartment, and we do offer access ramps.  Please ring to discuss any specific needs or requirements concerning persons of reduced mobility you may have prior to booking.

Please note that it is not possible to visit the Swanwick Junction Museum complex during Santa Specials.