As the famous festive song says, Santa Claus is coming to town this Christmas and this year he’s arriving in Mid Wales by train!
The region’s popular narrow gauge railways are getting all steamed up for the arrival of the jovial, bearded, old man dressed in red who always comes bearing gifts. Special Santa trains are being organised across Mid Wales.
Meeting Santa is a popular annual tradition for children who can’t wait to give him their Christmas present wish lists. The narrow gauge railways of Mid Wales offer children an audience with Santa together with a magical train ride through some of the post picturesque scenery in the UK.
All the railways are urging people to book early to avoid disappointed due to the demand for the Santa Specials.
Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway’s Santa Specials on the first three weekends of December and Monday, December 20 are sold out already.
The railway offers a family ticket, for two adults and two children, at £30. Otherwise, adults travel for £7.50, children aged 15 and under £10 and infants ride free.
Ffestiniog Railway is providing visitors with the opportunity to meet Santa in his Christmas Carriage Grotto at Porthmadog Harbour Station. Visitors book an hour slot within which they can visit at any time. Tickets cost between £4 or £5.
Tickets for both the Welsh Highland Santa Specials and Christmas Carriage Grotto can be booked online at https://www.festrail.co.uk/christmas/ or by calling the booking office on 01766 516024.
Tickets are £8 for adults, £7 for railway members, £5 for children, £1 for dogs and £12 for an adult and child. There is also a minimum cost of £16 per booking and tickets must be pre-booked online at https://shop.bala-lake-railway.co.uk/book/ .
All these railways are members of MWT Cymru, an independent organisation representing more than 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Powys, Ceredigion and Southern Snowdonia.
MWT Cymru has launched a winter marketing campaign to promote Mid Wales as an year-round destination.
Bala Lake Railway’s Mince Pie Special Train.
Santa meeting families on the Welsh Highland Railway.
Talyllyn Railway’s Santa Special. (Pic by Barbra Fuller).
Corris Railway’s Santa Special.
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