Greater Manchester’s beloved Santa steam train rides are back this Christmas
The most wonderful way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
Greater Manchester’s beloved Santa steam train rides are back for more festive fun this Christmas, and tickets are now on sale.
Sure, we’ve still got the small matter of Halloween and Bonfire Night to get through first, but East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is already looking ahead to the most magical time of year, as the iconic heritage railway has announced that its hugely-popular ‘Santa Specials’ steam train rides are back once again from late November.
And in recent years, the much-loved event has been even bigger and better than ever before.
ELR’s ‘Santa Specials‘ are your chance to hop on board an old-school steam train and travel through the magical Irwell Valley to make “enchanted memories” that last a lifetime.
The truly special Christmas day out starts as you make your way through a winter wonderland at Bury Bolton Street Station, and first get to meet some old favourites and new characters, including the magical talking Christmas tree, Mrs Claus, and ELR’s very own Ice Princess, all before before having a singalong with a chorus of musical polar bears.
The festive fun then continues on the Santa Special steam trains themselves, with an 80-minute “enchanting voyage” through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside.
And, of course, you can expect a special visit from Santa while you’re on board.
After you’ve grabbed a selfie or two with the big man himself, the grown-ups can look forward to mince pies and festive tipple, while little Mancs can enjoy a soft drink, some chocolate, and take a festive-themed activity pack home with them.
East Lancashire Railway’s famous ‘Santa Specials’ are running on weekends and selected weekdays from Saturday 25 November – Sunday 24 December.
Tickets now on sale and starting at £22.50 for kids and £23 for adults.
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Grab yours here.
Featured Image – ELR