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Santa's Steam Specials were enjoyed by thousands of happy families joining his trains at Chinnor last year and in 2018 we now have a limited number of seats available to join Santa's trains at Princes Risborough!

Chiltern Railways provide comfortable train services at Princes Risborough and it's a simple cross-platform interchange for trains from London Marylebone, High Wycombe etc. There are also train services from Aylesbury, Banbury and Oxford - you might consider coming by train and leaving your car at home?

Of course, Santa works continuously throughout the year to try and make sure everything is just right and his Chief Booking Elf has decided that Adult prices will stay the same again this year and child prices are the same for the sixth year running.

It gets even better - on these first two weekends of Santa trains from Princes Risborough there is a £2 reduction per person, and so that's Adult 16+ yrs £10 (usual price £12) and Child 1-15 yrs £8 (usual price £10).

Santa and his Elves will visit every family during the journey and he will provide quality presents for all fare-paying children and young people between the ages of 1-15 yrs. Everyone can also enjoy a spiced hot berry cordial and a mince pie served at your seat (squashes and biscuits are available as an alternative for younger children).

When you arrive at Chinnor station on Sundays 02 & 16 December the Haddenham Mummers will perform at intervals their interpretation of a local traditional folk drama or Mummers Play. The enactments will take place in our marquee which is next to the platform. 

We've also got Boxcrazy-Sue Dunnett and her helper Barbara doing Christmas Craft sessions for Children in our marquee alongside Chinnor station from 10.00 onwards on Sundays 01, 08 & 09 December 2018. There are a variety of projects that can be achieved and which will enhance you and your children's experience of your visit. The cost of the craft session is a modest £4 extra per Child (payable to Sue on the day, cash or card) and Sue & Barbara say there's no need to reserve and do please just drop in to see them!

Here's what some visitors said on TripAdvisor about their visit to see Santa on the train last year:

Wonderful Santa Express experience with grandchildren

Reviewed 23 December 2017. We travelled down from Nottingham to visit relatives in Chinnor and to take this trip. There were 3 adults and two children (7 years and 3 years) in our group on the Santa Express. The atmosphere, both on and off the train in the station was really fantastic. The staff were incredibly enthusiastic at all times. Santa and his elves duly arrived whilst the train journey was taking place, chatting to the wide-eyed children and actually giving them really good Christmas presents. The best pre-Christmas event imaginable and we can't wait until the next themed trip!

Excellent trip with Santa Train

Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile.Went with my wife, daughter, sister in law, brother in law, nephew, niece onto the Santa Train. Here is my feedback:
- staff including Santa: most of them volunteers and very friendly
- service: with a smile
- food and drinks: our party had tea, coffee, squash, biscuits, mince pies which were all very nice.
- Christmas presents: very nice and given according to kids’ ages. Everybody was happy.
Recommend this venue as an ideal place for a Family morning out.

Santa Special 21/12/2017

Reviewed 22 December 2017. Have been many times before but this was one of very few 'attractions' offering anything much for kids on a Thursday before Christmas! (This is not a railway on the scale of The Severn Valley etc so my comments are based upon expectation v experience on the day). Perfectly organised. Plenty of car parking. Great effort / attitude from the volunteers. Sensibly priced. (Official hygiene rating for Station Buffet Carriage 5/5). Well done C & PR Railway.

Santa Steaming Stupendous

Reviewed 5 December 2017 .Took the Grandchildren on the Santa Steaming - This was a wonderful trip. From the beginning until end the children loved the journey.


Your journey from Princes Risborough to Chinnor and back takes 75 minutes (includes 25 minutes stop at Chinnor whilst we prepare the steam loco). There is a shop, small tearoom and toilets at Chinnor station. But we don't want you to miss Santa and we certainly don't want to leave anyone behind - Santa says a punctual departure will be necessary! Check out the connecting Chiltern Railways train services to take the hassle out of parking etc.

 01, 02, 08, 09 December 2018:      
 Princes Risborough Platform 4 depart 10.45 12.00
 Chinnor arrive     11.05 12.20 15.05
 Chinnor depart 11.30 12.45 15.30 
 Princes Risborough Platform 4 arrive
11.50 13.07 15.50


   IN ADVANCE: BY 20.00
 Child (1-15 yrs)  £8  £2 per complete booking
 Adult (16-59 yrs)  £10  
 Senior (60+ yrs)  £10  
 Adult National Railcard holder   £10  

If any unsold seats are available they will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day at the Booking Office provided by the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway on Platform 4 at Princes Risborough station. Tickets are VERY popular and strictly limited.

At Princes Risborough all other station services are provided by Chiltern Railways - see details of facilities at the station guide. For car parking at Princes Risborough see also Chiltern Railways parking page (present charge in Autumn 2018 for Off-Peak parking is £5).

Booking information

When your payment has been processed you will receive an acknowledgement via email. Your booking details will then be passed over to one of our volunteers, who will allocate your seats on the Santa Special. We will then send you your ticket with reservation details showing Coach letter and Seat numbers via a second email (which is usually dispatched on the same working day).

Book tickets

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Depart 10:45 - only 35 places left
Depart 12:00
Depart 14:45
Sun 02 Dec 2018
Depart 10:45 - only 29 places left
Depart 12:00 - only 29 places left
Depart 14:45
Sat 08 Dec 2018
Depart 10:45 - only 35 places left
Depart 12:00
Depart 14:45 - only 20 places left
Sun 09 Dec 2018
Depart 10:45 - only 36 places left
Depart 12:00
Depart 14:45 - only 26 places left