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Steam Into Christmas

Climb aboard a train of vintage carriages with a compartment for each group for a steam train ride to meet Santa

Grab your tickets, make tracks to Didcot Railway Centre and Steam Into Christmas! Weekends 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 December plus Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23.


Climb aboard a train of vintage carriages with a private compartment for each group and listen for the whistle and whoosh of steam as the train sets off on a journey to meet Father Christmas.

Santa is letting his reindeer take a rest ahead of Christmas Eve and he will be in a special train full of presents in a wonderfully decorated Victorian station.  He has a gift for every child, helpers to entertain the family and has arranged a second steam train to take visitors (and their presents) on a festive journey, ready to explore the rest of the 21-acre living museum.

There are seasonal refreshments to enjoy as you explore original 1932 GWR Engine Shed.  Here, you can see more restored locomotives, see onto the footplate of some and meet Eddie the Engine Driver who will be telling festive tales of the railways at Christmas time. The refreshments are all included in your ticket price and come in the shape of mince pies and mulled wine/non-alcoholic punch which will be served to adults, while for children there’s gingerbread and hot chocolate – with marshmallows of course! 


Gates open at 9.30am and you will need to book a specific arrival time as space on the trains is limited - you will receive a boarding pass confirming you itinerary on arrival. You should allow around 1½ - 2 hours for your Steam Into Christmas experience but are welcome to stay longer if you wish – the Centre closes at 4.00pm.





Select your date and arrival time.

You should arrive at the time booked, allow 1½ - 2 hours for your Steam Into Christmas experience. You are welcome to stay longer if you wish - facilities close at 4.00pm with last exit at 4.30pm.

There is limited space at this event so all tickets must be booked in advance.

See our Steam Into Christmas pre-arrival advice here.

Please ensure you book the correct date and number of tickets. Tickets are non-transferable and cannot usually be amended. Tickets will be refunded if Covid-19 restrictions cause the event to be cancelled and we are not able to offer an alternative date otherwise tickets are non-refundable (the booking and facility fee is non-refundable).

Our Refreshment Rooms will be serving the seasonal refreshments included in your ticket. We recommend you collect these from the Refreshment Rooms and take them with you as you explore the Engine Shed. There will be a limited take-away menu in addition to the seasonal refreshments.

There are outdoor picnic tables and benches around the Centre which you are welcome to use should the weather permit.

Dogs, except assistance dogs, are not permitted at the Steam Into Christmas event.

Wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility should consult our Accessibilty Page.


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