Santa Specials 2018

Meet Santa at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

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Take a magical steam train journey to meet Santa this Christmas with our popular Santa Special trains. At Tenterden Station the beautiful Victorian carousel provides unlimited free rides for the young and young at heart alike.

On board the festively decorated steam trains, you'll meet Santa during the 1 hour 10 minute return journey. Look out for his elf helpers with their sacks full of lovely presents - every child receives an age appropriate gift from Santa himself whilst teenagers (13 to 15) receive a box of festive chocolates. Everyone receives complimentary refreshments too - a mince pie & choice of soft or alcoholic drink for adults and a soft drink & chocolate bar for children. Babies under 18 months of age at the time of travel are free of charge (providing they are not occupying a seat) and there's a little free gift for them too!

New for 2018 - 'Relaxed Day'

On the 21st December, we'll be operating a less intensive timetable to welcome individuals, groups and families with children on the autistic spectrum or those who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. Rest assured that we'll still be offering the full programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy!


Santa Specials are very popular - we suggest that you book early to secure your preferred date, as capacity is limited. The following key provides a guide to the current booking status of each seat type for the date shown.

Good availability Limited availability Very few seats remaining - call for details 'Relaxed Day'


Standard Class Tickets - from £19

  • Return train journey
  • Meet Santa onboard
  • An age appropriate present for children from Santa
  • Refreshments served to you at your seat
  • Unlimited carousel rides at Tenterden Station
  • Free family group photograph
  • Visit to the station Christmas model village


December 1st  2nd 8th 9th 15th 16th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
Standard Class Tickets £19 £19 £22 £22 £24 £24 £22 £24 £24 £24
Current availability Last few available by telephone


Online bookings have now closed - last few seats available by calling the Booking Office on 01580 765155

9:30am to 4.30pm Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 1pm Saturday & Sunday

Due to the limited accommodation now available, it can take a little while for us to help you find suitable seats. As a result our phone lines are very busy - we thank you for your patience.

Standard Class Individual Family Compartments - from £170

As for Standard Class Tickets plus:

  • Private compartment - perfect for a family gathering
  • Price includes accommodation for up to eight people
December  1st  2nd 8th 9th 15th 16th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
Compartment for up to 8 £170 £170 £195 £195 £215 £215 £195 £215 £215 £215
Current availability                        


Available to book by telephone - call 01580 765155

First Class Open Plan Carriage - from £25

As for Standard Class Tickets plus:

  • Present with your child's name
  • Armchair style seats in a carpeted open plan carriage with increased legroom
  • An enhanced range of complimentary refreshments served at your seat
  • Available on selected trains only 
December 1st  2nd 8th 9th 15th 16th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
First Class Tickets £25 £25 £28 £28 £30 £30 - £30 £30 £30
Current availability

Very few remaining - call for details

First Class Individual Family Compartments - from £135

For an extra special treat, in addition to the Standard Class features, our First Class Family Compartments:

  • Your own private compartment with wider seats and increased legroom
  • Presents are personalised with your child's name
  • Enhanced range of complimentary refreshments served at seat
  • Price includes accommodation for up to four or six people


December  1st  2nd 8th 9th 15th 16th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
Compartment for up to 4 £135 £135 £145 £145 £155 £155 £145 £155 £155 £155
Current availability SOLD OUT


December  1st  2nd 8th  9th 15th 16th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
Compartment for up to 6 £190 £190 £210 £210 £225 £225 £210 £225 £225 £225
Current availability SOLD OUT


Sorry, all sold out. A limited number of Standard Class Individual Family Compartments remain available - call 01580 765155 


Back at Tenterden station, pose for a free colour family photograph to take home as a memento of your special day. A visit to our Christmas Model Village is a must before the fun continues with a trip on the Victorian carousel.....

Our licensed restaurant will be serving Christmas lunches and other tempting dishes whilst our new kiosk adjacent to the platform offers grab 'n' go options.

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When making a booking, we strongly recommend that you make one purchase of sufficient tickets for your whole group, as seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Whilst we will always do our best to assist, it is not normlly possible to add additional tickets to existing bookings or to allocate seats from different bookings adjacent to one another. The above colour coded availability provides a guide to the current availability of each seat type for the date shown.


Limited free parking is available at Tenterden Town Station. In the event that our own car park becomes full, we suggest visitors make use of the Pay & Display car parks nearby - you may wish to download & print this map

Please ensure that you allow sufficient time for your journey & to find a parking space, adding additional time for inclement weather & Christmas congestion. Our Santa Specials are very popular & we regret that we are unable to provide accommodation on later services if you miss your booked train.

Facilities for the Mobility Impaired

Our facilities have been carefully designed for those with impaired mobility. There are reserved blue badge spaces near to the station entrance at Tenterden and accessible toilets at the station. Our specially adapted carriage 'Petros' provides facilities for the mobility impaired and runs on Santa Specials marked (A). We strongly recommend that wheelchair users contact the booking office to ensure seats are reserved in suitable accommodation. There's full wheelchair access to the Station Refreshment Rooms and Gift Shop too. Our Booking Office staff will be pleased to assist in planning your day.

Terms & Conditions - Santa Specials

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Information is believed to be correct at time of publication E&OE