Santa Steam Express: Meet Father Christmas On A Vintage Train In London

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 9 months ago

Last Updated 10 October 2023

Santa Steam Express: Meet Father Christmas On A Vintage Train In London
Santa in front of a steam train
Image: Steam Dreams

Your chance to meet Santa on a steam train ride from London this Christmas.

Extremely good children can meet Santa on a steam train this Christmas; Steam Dreams is bringing back its Santa Steam Express on selected dates in December.

Santa on a train with an elf
Wonder how many kids ask him for a train... Image: Steam Dreams

From Victoria station, you can board a festively-decorated vintage carriage pulled by a 1940s 61306 Mayflower, and be welcomed with a drink and sweet treat — before meeting Santa and his elves, and receiving a gift. (Presumably the only coal on this trip will be used to stoke the fire.)

There are multiple trips on 15, 18 and 21 December 2023, and the experience lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. Note that, given the shorter journey time, the train doesn't venture far out of the London suburbs, as other Steam Dreams services do.

Santa and elves walking along a platform in front of a steam train
Christmas specials run on 15, 19 and 21 December. Image: Steam Dreams

Slots on the Santa Steam Express start at £65pp — find more info and book on the website.

Santa's doing the rounds in London as usual — you can also meet him in these grottos.