Special events on the Ruislip Lido Railway


Santa Specials 2022

Sunday, 4 December, 2022
Saturday, 10 December, 2022 - Sunday, 11 December, 2022
Saturday, 17 December, 2022 - Sunday, 18 December, 2022

***SOLD OUT***

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 2022 on:

Sunday 4th December

Saturday 10th December

Sunday 11th December

Saturday 17th December

Sunday 18th December

Trains will run regularly from approx 11:00 am 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. We will invite all our adult guests to join us for a a complimentry hot drinks and 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: £12.50

Children (1-15): £12.50

Babies (Under 1): £1

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

The event is extreamly popular so you must book to guarentee a seat.

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



This event is now sold out.

To join the waitlist please E-Mail advancebooking [at] ruisliplidorailway [dot] org with the subject line as SS22.

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Twilight Express

Wednesday, 21 December, 2022 - Friday, 23 December, 2022



 Our Twilight Express service begins at Willow Lawn and operates non-stop back to Willow Lawn via Woody Bay, taking you through the woods at night!

The Ruislip Lido Railway is set on the borders of the ancient woodland of Ruislip, we know one of the most exciting parts about riding our Santa Special trains is travelling through the line at night spotting all our decorations in the dark – it’s truly magical – so we are now offering more people the opportunity to see our night decorations!

For a limited number of days immediately before Christmas we are offering our visitors the opportunity to book onto the Twilight Express, departing Willow Lawn your journey will last for around 25minutes – a fantastic pre-Christmas evening out for Children & Adults.

Adults £4.00.

Children £3.50.

Under 3 - Free. (Under 3's do not require a ticket).

Booking is recommended, bookings can be made by clicking here. Please note, tickets will only appear for sale at 19:30.

Please note that this event is separate to our Santa Special Event, this event does not include a visit to Santa, Gifts or Complimentry Hot Drinks.

Easter Eggspress 2023

Saturday, 8 April, 2023 - Monday, 10 April, 2023


More details to follow.

Santa Specials 2023

Sunday, 3 December, 2023
Saturday, 9 December, 2023 - Sunday, 10 December, 2023
Saturday, 16 December, 2023 - Sunday, 17 December, 2023


More details to follow. 

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