Santa Specials 2019

Meet Santa at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Santa Special SCC8

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 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!

'Relaxed Day' - back by popular demand!

On the 30th November, 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 attractions for everyone to enjoy!


We have a few seats remaining in Standard Class as shown below. We also have some 'Family Compartmentsavailable on the 23rd & 24th December. Whilst we regularly update the website, availability changes quickly.

Good availability Limited availability Very few seats remaining 'Relaxed Day'


Standard Class Tickets - from £22

  • Return train journey
  • Meet Santa onboard
  • An age appropriate present for children from Santa
  • Refreshments served to you at your seat
  • Onboard travelling magician
  • Unlimited carousel rides at Tenterden Station
  • Family group photograph
  • Visit to the station Christmas attractions


Date 30th 1st 7th 8th 14th 15th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
Standard Class Tickets £22 £22 £25 £25 £27 £27 £25 £27 £27 £27


Standard Class Individual Family Compartments - from £190

As for Standard Class Tickets above plus:

  • Private Compartment - perfect for your special family gathering
  • Price includes compartment accommodation for up to eight people
Date 30th 1st 7th 8th 14th 15th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
Standard Class Family Compartments £190 £190 £215 £215 £225 £225 £215 £225 £225 £225
Current availability       Call 01580 765155

First Class Open Plan Carriage - from £28

As for Standard Class Tickets plus:

  • Present addressed 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 
Date 1st 7th 8th 14th 15th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
First Class open plan carriage £28 £30 £30 £32 £32 £30 £32 £32 £32
Current availability SOLD OUT

First Class Individual Family Compartments - from £145

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
  • Present addressed with your child's name
  • Enhanced range of complimentary refreshments served at seat
  • Price includes compartment accommodation for up to four or six people


Date 1st 7th 8th 14th 15th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
Compartment for up to 4 £145 £155 £155 £165 £165 £155 £165 £165 £165
Current availability SOLD OUT


Date 30th 1st 7th 8th 14th 15th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
Compartment for up to 6 £210 £210 £225 £225 £235 £235 £225 £235 £235 £235
Current availability   SOLD OUT 

Santa Special Santa a

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

Our licensed restaurant will be serving a range of tempting dishes whilst the kiosk adjacent to the platform offers grab 'n' go options - or take on the train!


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 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 - please use the hard surfaced areas only and park considerately. 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