Santa comes to the South Devon Railway

Event Date:

From 1st December

Until 24th December


Father Christmas comes and visits us on the South Devon Railway every year and he, and all his singing elves, will be back to see us again this December!

You can book now online, or via phone on 01364 644 370.

Dates and Times

Santa-by-Steam operates on the following dates in December:

Saturday 1 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Sunday 2 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Saturday 8 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Sunday 9 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Saturday 15 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Sunday 16 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Tuesday 18 December 12.00 2.00 3.45 5.45
Wednesday 19 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Thursday 20 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Friday 21 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Saturday 22 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Sunday 23 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45
Monday 24 December 10.15 12.00
We are delighted to announce that on 18 December, following many requests from passengers, there will be an additional special evening train, which boards at 5.45pm, for those who would like to experience the magic of travelling by steam train in the dark!

Please note these are the boarding times of the trains, and the train leaves as soon as everyone has boarded. Entertainment at Buckfastleigh starts BEFORE these times. (Please note that unfortunately we are unable to hold any trains for passengers who arrive later than the boarding time.)

All Santa-by-Steam experiences start and finish at Buckfastleigh, where there is a large free car park, cafe, gift shop and toilets.

The train, which has been decorated with brand-new high-quality decorations, leaves from Buckfastleigh as soon as everyone has boarded.

Once the train has departed, refreshments will be served by our volunteers: A Fruit Shoot drink and small pack of biscuits for children, and a mince pie and fruit punch for adults. Dairy- and gluten-free alternatives are available on request, please advise our staff on the train if you require these.

Other refreshments, including light snacks, crisps, drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and alcoholic beverages (including a delicious Irish Coffee and Irish Hot Chocolate) are available to purchase from the buffet car on the train throughout the journey.

There will also be children’s entertainers on the train.


12:00:00 12:00:00 Europe/London Santa comes to the South Devon Railway South Devon Railway
Dartbridge Road
TQ11 0DZ
Santa comes to the South Devon Railway

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