Santa Express


Queens Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF
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Santa Express

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Calling all children - both young and old! You will arrive at Queen’s Park Station,

Paignton  (TQ4 6AF) for your return journey to Kingswear on the Santa Express. Each carriage is decorated for Christmas and during your trip you will be entertained by close-up magic and, of course, our famous two-part mini pantomime to get you in the festive spirit (part one on your outward journey and part two on your return journey - c.10 minutes in total). Santa Claus visits you at your seat accompanied by his elves pulling a gargantuan sleigh (Prancer and Dancer et al will have been given the day off!). All children receive a gift (up to 14 years of age only).

​Jealous of Snow White's beauty, a wicked queen orders the death of her pure and virtuous stepdaugher, but later discovers that Snow White is still alive and hiding in a cottage with friendly little miners - the seven dwarfs!! Disguising herself as a hag, the Queen brings a poisoned apple to Snow White, who falls into a death-like sleep that can be broken only by a kiss from her Prince. Be prepared to come along and join in the Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho chorus and chase off the wicked Queen for the sake of true love. Altogether now. . . . . "Heigh-Ho-o-o-o-o. . . . .!"

​Whilst on the Santa Express you will be offered a glass of mulled wine and festive mince pie (adults only). Close up magic and lineside I-Spy ensure that every member of the family is involved in this truly magical experience.

​This is a fully ticketed event so pre-booking is essential. If you wish to travel with another party please inform us at the time of booking and we will do our utmost to accommodate you all together. We can offer a wheelchair specific carriage that means the whole family can sit together in comfort to enjoy this unique experience. Please let us know when you book. Sorry, only guide dogs allowed. 

Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your Santa Express departure time. The Head of Steam café will be open serving tea, coffee, (fabulous!) hot chocolate and snacks. Toilets are available at the station and on the train.

​For the very first time, we also have a First Class Pullman service

on the Santa Express this year!!

Dates: 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December

Departure times (trains depart from Paignton only): 10:30, 13:00 & 15:30.
Note: Christmas Eve 10:30 & 13:00 services only

​​If you have chosen to travel with us on a 15:30 service children (and adults if you like!) are encouraged to indulge the spirit of the season wearing Jim Jams (pyjamas). Adults are welcome to do the same if that's your thing!


Per adult (aged 15+) £19.75    

Per child (aged 19 months to 14 years) £13.00

Adult Christmas Eve only £ 20.75    

Child Christmas Eve only £14.00

Children aged 0-18 months are free of charge but no seat is provided.

​We are offering a 25% discount on our brand new Train of Lights service

when you purchase Santa Express tickets.

Terms & Conditions

There will be no refunds on cancellations

All tickets are for collection at Paignton, Queens Park Station

Nearest car parks are the mainline station at Paignton and Victoria multi-storey. These are both pay and display car parks

You do not need to print your confirmation email - tickets can be collected using your reference number, surname or postcode

The whole journey last approx 1 hour and 30mins

There are toilets at the station in Paignton and on the train itself

Trains depart from Queen's Park Station, Paignton only

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