NEW Santa by Steam       

Father Christmas comes and sees us on the South Devon Railway every year.

He and all his singing elves will be back to see us again this December. Tickets are available now.

Your NEW Santa-by-Steam train journey

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During your return trip from Buckfastleigh to Staverton on Santa's special grotto train, you stay on board to enjoy entertainment and refreshments as the excitement mounts. Each child will be able to meet Father Christmas himself in his wonderful grotto and collect their Christmas present.

The grown ups aren't forgotten: there are festive refreshments for all of them.

The Santa-by-Steam event takes around two hours.

All the trains start and finish at Buckfastleigh.

This year, Santa's trains run on 9th, 10th, and 16th - 24th December 2017 inclusive.



Book online today! 




"My family and I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the Santa by Steam trip on Saturday at 10am. It was the first time our grandchildren had been old enough to go and they were so excited by the whole experience. It was such a delightful trip with everyone working so hard to make sure we all enjoyed ourselves so I would be really grateful if you could pass on our thanks to all who made the day so special. We had a lovely meal in the cafe after so it was a perfect morning."

"Just a note to say how much all three generations of us enjoyed our trip on the Santa Train yesterday. It was all so well organised by your friendly volunteers and we had a really great trip."






Trade stalls at Santa-by-Steam

The South Devon Railway is pleased to offer the opportunity to trade within our Christmas Market Marquee at Buckfastleigh Station during our popular Santa-by-Steam services. 

Our Santa-by-Steam days are hugely popular and have cemented themselves in the diaries of families for generations.

Each December we welcome around 8,000 passengers through our doors over the duration of the Santa trains.

Our Christmas Market Marquee will be positioned in our main car park adjacent to the Bridge View Kiosk catering outlet. A small fairground for the children will also provide traditional family festive entertainment.

For more information and to book, please follow the link to the booking form.


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