Visit Santa Staffordshire 2019 (Meet Santa Steam Train Experience)

Santa and Steam 2019

Get Christmas in Staffordshire off to a magical start by riding aboard the Santa Express, where Father Christmas will be visiting the railway to collect all the children’s wish lists ahead of Christmas Day. Sit back and enjoy the ride as it steams through the Staffordshire Moorlands. This event is one of the biggest things to do with the kids around Stoke-on-Trent this Christmas and has been the perfect start to many holidays for generations as we approach our 24th year in 2019.

Father Christmas will stroll through your train bearing wonderful gifts for each little Boy and Girl, taking time to learn all that is each child’s wish list. Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas can relax and enjoy a mince pie and a glass of sherry, served by one of Santa’s helpers in our festive filled coaches which will delight all onboard.

Begin your journey from our Froghall or Cheddleton stations filled with festive atmosphere, hot & cold food is available from our Signals Tea Room, or Gifts from our Signals Souvenirs at Froghall or our pop-up shop at Cheddleton. Ample free parking is available at both stations.

Passengers with a disability are advised to join the train at Froghall.

Dogs are not permitted on our Santa Express train, with the exception of Guide Dogs.

Santa Express trains last approximately 1 hour 20 mins

What's Included

  • Seating and return journey on our Santa Express Train
  • Meet Santa as he wanders through the train talking to all the good boys and girls
  • A wonderful age suitable present for all children
  • Complimentary soft drink and treat for each little boy and girl
  • Complimentary glass of sherry and mince pie for adults


  • There are toilets on the trains but unfortunately no Baby changing facilities
  • Buggies & Pushchairs must be folded down and stored in the Station Waiting room due to the shortage of space on the train
  • Please call if you have a wheelchair user and we will make appropriate arrangements

Finding us

Our Santa trains depart from the Froghall and Cheddleton stations. Froghall is situated on the A52, Stoke to Ashbourne road. Cheddleton is situated three miles south of Leek along the A520.

We are approximately a 30-minute drive from Stoke-on-Trent.


 Is the Compartment £30 each?

All compartments require you to purchase individual tickets, and then pay a single supplement of £30 for your group. Compartments can be booked for a minimum of 6 and maximum of 8, though if you have a baby in your group who can sit on a lap then this can be increased.

 How Far Away Are You?

We are approximately 30-minutes from Stoke-on-Trent

We are approximately 30-minutes from Uttoxeter

We are approximately 40-minutes from Congleton

We are approximately 50-minutes from Macclesfield

We are approximately 30-minutes from Stafford

 Does Everyone See Father Christmas?

Santa Claus will meet everyone at their respective seat, and spend time talking with each group whilst sharing presents for each child.

 Do We Need To Buy A Ticket For A Baby?

We charge tickets for all children who receive a gift, no matter their age.