Special events on the Ruislip Lido Railway


Santa Specials 2021

Sunday, 5 December, 2021
Saturday, 11 December, 2021
Sunday, 12 December, 2021
Saturday, 18 December, 2021

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 2021 on:

Sunday 5th December

Saturday 11th December

Sunday 12th December

Saturday 18th December

Trains will run regularly from approx 11:20am until 5:30pm. 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.

Whilst COVID-19 continues to be a consideration, we intend to operate this year's event in line with previous years, however depending on restriction in place at the time minor alterations may be needed.


Adults: £10.00

Children (1-15): £10.00

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.

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.

Please note, our steam loco "Mad Bess" will not be in operation for this event.



Tickets to our Santa Special event are now sold out. If you would like to join the waitlist please E-Mail advancebooking [at] ruisliplidorailway [dot] org with the E-Mail subject as "SS21 WL" - please ensure the subject line is accurate for our automated system to add you to the waitlist.


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