Ruislip Lido Railway

Santa Specials 2018

Sunday, 2 December, 2018
Sunday, 9 December, 2018
Sunday, 16 December, 2018
Saturday, 22 December, 2018



No tickets will be available on the day

 See details at the bottom of this page to be added to our waiting list

Christmas comes but once a year, so take the train because Santa is near! 

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Santa is a very busy man around Christmas time, but once again, he has managed to find a space in his diary to visit the Ruislip Lido Railway. Santa will be at the railway in 2018 on:

Sunday 2nd December SOLD OUT

Sunday 9th December SOLD OUT

Sunday 16th December SOLD OUT

Saturday 22nd December SOLD OUT

Trains will run regularly from approx 11:20am until 5:00pm. You should allow approx 1.5 - 2 hours for your visit.

Your adventure will start from Willow Lawn Station (by the Waters Edge carvery and car parks), where you will board one of our trains at the time shown on your ticket that you booked for. The train ride, lasting about 12 minutes, will carry you on an enchanting ride through the woods and around the Lido to Santa’s Grotto at Woody Bay Station. Watch out for all the lights and decorations at both stations, and also along the way as you travel through the woods. On arrival at Woody Bay, Santa will be waiting for a chat with the children and a photo opportunity with all the family before EVERYONE (yes – grown-ups too!) receive their presents. Once you’ve seen Santa, you may stay at Woody Bay as long as you wish before catching any train back to Willow Lawn Station, with another opportunity to see the trackside decorations along the way.

In addition to meeting the big man himself, pop in to our Turntable Tea Room where there will be our full range of hot & cold drinks and light refreshments. And for every hot drink purchased in our Tea Room, you'll get a FREE MINCE PIE!

Do please note that this is an outdoor event, and even Santa himself cannot control the weather, so you will need to make sure you’re wrapped up appropriately well to keep you warm, snug, and dry. Also note that Santa looks forward to having a chat with EVERY child that comes to see him, so there may be a short queue to see him in his grotto.


Adults: £9.50

Children (1-15): £9.50

Babies (Under 1): £1

Want to see a little more? The below video was made back in 2016:

You are strongly advised to book online to guarantee your seats. Unsold tickets will be available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

All trains start from Willow Lawn Station (by the 'Waters Edge' carvery and car park)

Car Parking - Please note that the local Council have introduced car parking charges. Click here for details. As you may need to park in the larger car park, please factor the 5 minute walking time to the station in to your visit.




This event is now SOLD OUT. To be added to our waiting list, please email your name, phone number & number of required tickets to advancebooking(a) (replace the (a) with an @). You MUST put SANTA WAITING LIST 2018 in the subject line so that our email system adds you to the waiting list. Please note that cancellations are rare but do happen sometimes. Working on a first come, first served basis, we will offer any cancelled tickets to people on this waiting list. The only acknowledgment to your email you will receive is an automated reply. If you do not get an automated reply, it is likely it has been marked as spam. If in doubt, please use the contact form on the 'Contact Us' page of this website and we will check we got your original email.


There will be NO tickets available to purchase on the day. Please do not ring the phone number below to attempt to book tickets. The waiting list is only open via emailing us so that we can fairly track who emailed first and thus see who is at the front of the queue. 


For enquiries about this event or to query an existing booking please call:

  0207 193 4148

Phone line is open from:
10am - 6pm Monday to Saturday
Closed Sunday

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