Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
A 16 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train through beautiful Mid Wales countryside.
Glorious wintry conditions for our Santa Specials in 2010.  Photo: Andrew Charman

rcSanta Trains 2018

Santa Trains 2018


Saturday 15 and 22 December

Sunday 9, 16 and 23 December


Departures on all five days at 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm and 2.30pm.

 Also at 3.45pm on Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Saturday 22 December only


Trains run from LLANFAIR CAEREINION only.

 ADVANCE BOOKING STRONGLY ADVISED  - All trains fully booked


A family favourite; come and meet Santa whilst travelling by steam train alongside the River Banwy.

  • Every child receives a present from Santa on the train
  • Adults receive complimentary glass of warming mulled wine and a mince pie
  • A complimentary fruit drink and mince pie for the children
  • Reserved accommodation in our heated carriages
  • A 45 minute steam train ride from Llanfair Caereinion to Cyfronydd and return
  • Tearoom open for sale of hot drinks and light refreshments
  • Souvenir shop open for last minute gifts


Santa Special Train Fares


Children under 12 months do not pay, but please let us know that they are travelling as Santa would like them to receive a present.

TICKETS BOOKED IN ADVANCE - (All age groups over 12 months)


TICKETS PAID FOR ON THE DAY - (All age groups over 12 months)





Parties are welcome, please telephone for details and prices for groups of 20 or more paying people.


Further information and how to book

The return train journey will take about 45 minutes, however please allow extra time to park your car before travelling (Free parking at Llanfair Caereinion station).  Please note that our Santa trains do not traverse the entire railway, and access is not available from any other station.

You should also allow a little time after your journey to visit the tearoom for the price inclusive refreshments (see above).

We regret that Dogs (other than assistance dogs) are not permitted to travel on our Santa Trains.

Please let us know if anybody in your group (children or adults) is celebrating a birthday during your visit - Santa always likes to make a fuss. Please either send us an email via the contact us form or give us a call (01938 810441).

There is limited wheelchair accommodation on each train - Please read our access statement for guidelines and check availability before booking a specific train.

Most of our trains are expected to be fully booked and we advise that you book in advance to guarantee your place on your chosen train.  You can book online now using the links below, or our telephone booking line is open most days between 9.00am and 4.00pm.  Telephone our booking line on 01938 810441.  Please feel free to leave a contact name and telephone number out of hours - you might even catch somebody in!

Book your tickets online

Buy tickets for Sunday 9th December 2018 - Fully Booked

Buy tickets for Saturday 15th December 2018 - Fully Booked

Buy tickets for Sunday 16th December 2018 - Fully Booked

Buy tickets for Saturday 22nd December 2018- Fully Booked

Buy tickets for Sunday 23rd December 2018 - Fully Booked

If you would like advance information about our 2019 Santa Special Trains please contact us at info [at] wllr.org.uk and we will contact you when tickets are available.

(Please note that Welshpool, Raven Square Station, is closed during the winter)


Refund policy

We cannot offer refunds on Santa tickets.  Unfortunately we will have already purchased the gifts, mince pies and mulled wine and, because almost all the trains usually fill up we will have turned away other people who wished to visit.  However, to let you recoup part of the cost of travel, if you cancel before the date of travel, we can offer you a voucher for half-price travel on any of our regular trains during 2019 (special events and vintage trains excepted).