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Santa at Wirksworth
Santa Experience Fares

Tickets are priced at £15.00 for Adults, £13.00 for Children and £5.00 for Infants 0-12 months.

Festive Train Ride

Tickets are priced at £13.00 for all.

How to Book

Our Santa Experience trains get very busy so we strongly recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. Sorry, but we cannot accept passengers without a booking.


Use our Online Ticket Office and pay with any credit card, debit card or PayPal. Bookings made online are instantly confirmed and are prioritised over telephone and postal bookings.

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Telephone or in Person

Call the elves to make a booking Tuesday to Friday 09:30 until 16:00 (01629 823076) or drop in to Wirksworth Station.

Wirksworth Station is closed on Mondays and our weekend staff do not have access to bookings.


Download our leaflet, fill in the form and post it back to us at the address provided.

About this Event

There'll be nine miles of smiles this Christmas as you step on board the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway's Santa Experience!

There will be music, magic and mince pies at the railway this Christmas as you are welcomed in the beautifully decorated Santa's Refreshment Area. Step on board our warm and cosy heritage train and see Santa in his on board grotto where there are presents for every child. We'll go to the North Pole (Duffield) and back with other fun activities during the journey.

Don't forget to bring your Christmas list!

Our Santa Experience
  • There's a mince pie and festive drink for the adults or juice for the children in the beautifully decorated Santa's Refreshment Area, which opens 30 minutes before each train.
  • A journey on board one of our 1950s heritage railcars between Wirksworth and North Pole (Duffield) and return (9 miles each way), with beautiful views of the valley as you go
  • Children get presents from Santa in his grotto on the train
  • On train entertainment
  • Live band in Santa's Refreshment Area

Please allow up to 2.5 hours for your visit.

All trains start at Wirksworth and return to Wirksworth.

Festive Train Ride

Each of the trains listed below will have a limited number of seats available for a festive train ride through the valley for those who wish to have a gentle trip from Wirksworth to Duffield and return without seeing Santa. After enjoying a drink and a mince pie in Santa’s Refreshment Area, board the train for a leisurely trip through the valley and back (approx. 2 hours).

Pre-booking is advisable as these seats are limited however any remaining seats will be available at Wirksworth Station on the day.

Santa Experience

Santa's Refreshment Area opens 30 minutes before the times stated below. Please arrive at Wirksworth Station at least 15 minutes before your departure time.