A ride aboard a Santa Special will be a real party treat – and that’s just for the adults.

But you’ll have to act quickly to secure a spot for your family on one of the county’s heritage railways, as tickets sell like hot pies. We have put together what is on offer in Kent.

Santa Specials will be steaming

Polar Express at Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells

If you believe it, get ready for a truly amazing winter experience as the Polar Express ™ train arrives in Tunbridge Wells.

The 2004 hit movie will be recreated with ringing bells, the sound of a familiar whistle, and the ability to climb aboard while wearing your comfy pajamas en route to the North Pole.

There will be food, hot chocolate, and stories on board – and the chance to see Santa Claus through the window as you travel, with his magical sleigh, before he also gets on board. Tickets are almost sold out, with only a handful left on some days. To book click here,

The Polar Express will stop on the Spa Valley Railway this Christmas Photo: The Polar Express
The Polar Express will stop on the Spa Valley Railway this Christmas Photo: The Polar Express

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

This year the Heritage Railway is celebrating 40 years of Santa Specials.

A lot may have changed since 1981, but the experience remains the same – the steam trains and Santa Claus.

The Santa Special includes a round trip from New Romney to Hythe; a visit to Santa Claus in his cave; an age-related gift and seasonal refreshments. They cost £ 23 for adults and £ 23 for children aged 1-15 with less than £ 11.

Special offers run on the weekend of Saturday November 27 and Tuesday December 21 to Christmas Eve. Book by clicking here.

East Kent Railway Trust

Once a thriving industrial line serving the Kent Coalfield, the four-mile round trip takes you on a scenic journey between the villages of Shepherdswell and Eythorne, with its rolling countryside and the Golgotha ​​Tunnel.

Santa’s specials run on selected dates from Saturday, December 11 through Christmas Eve, with two dates already sold out: Sunday, December 20 and Christmas Eve, and tickets for others sell out quickly.

Tickets cost from £ 40. To book click here.

Santa will give presents to the children Image: iStock / stocknroll
Santa will give presents to the children Image: iStock / stocknroll

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Rail

The Santa Specials are back on the railroad this year, and run weekends from Saturday, December 4 through Monday, December 20.

Special rates apply, with adults receiving seasonal refreshments and children choosing a gift from Santa’s selection in his cave.

Some trains are already full. Book your tickets online here.

Bredgar and Wormshill Railway

The small heritage railway run by dedicated volunteers does not have promotions for Santa Claus but has a special holiday-themed Christmas weekend promotion on Saturday December 11 and Sunday December 12. All details have yet to be confirmed, but check ticket sales here.

Santa Special, Kent and East Sussex Railway

All trips for the 2021 holiday season are now fully booked.

For more ideas for outings through Kent, click here.

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