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Santa by steam

Cornwall's answer to the Polar Express - Santa by Steam is a magical train journey through the Cornish countryside complete with the railway elves and Santa himself. Throughout December, climb aboard the traditional steam train and experience the nostalgia of the bygone era.

Santa welcomes children aboard the Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.

The magical journey begins at Bodmin General Station, just a 30-minute drive from the coast. Here the Christmas elves will greet you on the platform with mince pies and seasonal drinks whilst the sound of the choir singing Christmas carols fills the crisp winter's air. ​


Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.
Children boarding the Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.
Children aboard the Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.

Board the train and shimmy your way through the carriages choosing a spot by the window in a cosy compartment. Settle in for the journey and listen out for the guard’s whistle signalling the start of the adventure. The train then pulls slowly out of the station in an authentic cloud of smoke. Children will love peeking through the large picture windows as the beautiful Cornish countryside whooshes past.


Children aboard the Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.
Watch as the Cornish countryside whooshes past the Santa by Steam train.
Children aboard the Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.

As the train chugs gently along the track listen carefully for Santa's bell. As Santa makes his way through the carriages ringing his bell, he is accompanied by his elves, who help him to greet the delighted children and hand out gifts. 


Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.
Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.
Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.

Santa by Steam journeys depart from Bodmin General Station. The one-hour rides start at 10am, noon, 2pm and 3.45pm on Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas with extra trips available on Friday 21 December and Christmas Eve. 

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