Santa Express

The 2017 Santa Express featuring The Sleeping Beauty.
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  • All tickets are for collection at Paignton, Queens Park Station. 
  • Nearest carparks 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 45mins.
  • Toilets are on the station at Paignton and on the train itself.

Trains depart from Queen's Park Station, Paignton only. Journey time c.1 hour 45 mins.

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 our 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).

The beautiful Princess Aurora, her three Fairy Godmothers, Prince Philippe and the wicked Maleficent are the stars of the show.  Aurora pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel and the Fairy Godmothers will need your assistance to battle to save Princess Aurora from Maleficent’s evil spell and help Prince Philippe find her. And all so they can live happily ever after!

Father Christmas will visit you at your seat with his sleigh and band of merry helpers. Make sure you help The Fairies and perhaps their wish will be that you receive a gift from Santa. (Children up to 14 years only.) If you have chosen to travel with us on a 15:45 service children (and adults if you like!) are encouraged to indulge the spirit of the season wearing Jim Jams (pyjamas). Adults welcome to as well if that's your thing!

Whilst on the Santa Express you will be offered a glass of mulled wine and festive mince pie (adults only). Balloon modelling 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.

Dates: 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December

Departure times (trains depart from Paignton only): 10:15, 13:00 & 15:45.
Note: 3rd December 10:15 service only; Christmas Eve 10:15 & 13:00 services only


Per adult (aged 15+)                                                              £19.00

Per child (aged 19 months to 14 years)                      £12.50

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

Watch our 2016 Santa Express video - which was Aladdin!