All aboard the Santa Special

Santa Specials at Isle of Wight Steam Railway – a magically captivating day out for all the family

All aboard for the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s 2017 Santa Specials! Get into the spirit of Christmas with a truly memorable day out for all the family.

Santa will be making his home at Havenstreet again this December and he can’t wait to meet you all. Enjoy the fun and magic of Christmas; it will all be happening on December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 21st to 24th.

Soak up the festive atmosphere at the station with a bustling Christmas market, a children’s fairground ride, live music, magic shows and lots more entertainment for everyone.

You’ll be full of Christmas spirit as you stroll through the sparkling Winter Wonderland before meeting Santa himself. Marvel at his grotto and look out for his elves working hard behind the scenes. If you have been good, Santa will have an extra-special present waiting for you. Then climb aboard the steam train waiting to take you on a ride through the winter countryside. As you head back to Havenstreet keep an eye out for more presents arriving by a very special delivery.

The grown-ups haven’t been forgotten as there’s a festive tipple, or a soft drink, alongside a mince pie waiting for them.

We all know Santa travels by reindeer but he’s also known to have a soft spot for donkeys. Meet the cuddly creatures from Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. They may not be able to fly but they are certainly very special.

Tuck into some tasty festive food in the Refreshment Rooms and visit the Railway’s gift shop, packed full of unique gift ideas for that last minute Christmas present. And don’t forget to visit Train Story, dress up as a train driver and explore the history of the Railway in a fun and interactive environment.

A fantastic, festive day that books up quickly. So don’t be disappointed – book online in advance and save some money (always well received at this time of year!) Ticket prices include steam train fares.

December 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th Adult £16, Child £12, Infants (under 5s) £10 except babes in arms*
December 16th, 17th and 21st to 24th – Adult £18, Child £14, Infants (under 5s) £12 except babes in arms*
*If the child under one year is visiting Santa and wishes to receive a high quality gift, a ticket must be purchased.

Visitors Comments

It all knocked spots off what we had previously experienced anywhere else, including big London stores, and the quality of the presents the children received was just fantastic. A great day out and exceptional value for money. We’ll be coming back!


A big thank you for making it such a special time when we came to the Santa Special. It was
a magical, fun filled day, well worth every penny.

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