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Simply Santa

Fridays 2nd, 9th & 16th December 2022

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 What’s happening on the day? 

  • Return steam train ride to Shelley North Pole (allocated train departure, with allocated seating)
  • One-on-one meeting with Father Christmas, with a gift for all children over 12mths (under 12mths have the option of selecting a gift or not when booking tickets)
  • Opportunity to make up a bag of magical reindeer food to take home
  • Opportunity to write your Christmas wish and hang it on the Wishing Tree
  • Edible festive treat for all guests over 12mths
  • Father Christmas’ cheeky elf will be at the North Pole causing Christmas chaos – see if you can spot them!
  • The playground, jumping pillow and Clayton Flyer miniature ride-on railway will be open for unlimited use at Clayton West Station. Please note that The Shed will NOT be open on Simply Santa event days
  • The Firebox café and gift shop will be open. The Firebox will stop serving food at 4.30pm and will close by 5.30pm
  • The Turntable ice cream parlour will be open at the North Pole


  • The time you choose when making your booking is the time your train will DEPART from Clayton West Station – it is NOT your arrival time! Please aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before your departure time
  • Visitors are welcome to arrive from 10.30am and stay until 5.30pm (unless on the last train of the day)
  • The train ride and visit to Father Christmas lasts approximately two hours (e.g. the 11am train will return at 1pm, the 12.20pm train will return at 2.20pm etc.)
  • Visitors on the 4.20pm departure will return to Clayton West at approximately 6.20pm and all facilities (except the toilets) will be closed by that time
  • Simply Santa does NOT feature an Elf Show. If you want to visit Santa AND enjoy the Christmas Elf Show, please book onto the Santa Express event instead (running weekends from 26 November 2022 and 20-24 December 2022)

 Simply Santa Timetable 

  • Simply Santa will run on Fridays 2nd, 9th & 16th December 2022 only
  • Trains will depart at: 11am, 12.20pm, 1.40pm, 3pm & 4.20pm

 Simply Santa Ticket Prices 

Adult: £14.95

Child (over 12mths): £19.95

Infant (under 12mths) WITH GIFT: £12.95

Infant (under 12mths) NO GIFT: FREE 

  • Concessions, family tickets, discounts, vouchers, promotions, passes & offers are NOT available/valid on Simply Santa services
  • All bookings incur a £1.80 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket)
  • Advance booking is necessary – online only!

 Age Categories for Gifts 

PLEASE NOTE: the age you choose when booking dictates the age-appropriate gift given by Father Christmas.  If your child's age is towards the end of a category, we advise moving up to the next age category: 

  • Under 12 months
  • 1-2 year old
  • 3-5 years
  • 6-9 years
  • 10-13 years
  • 14-17 years

 Terms & Conditions

  • Once purchased, tickets cannot be cancelled and are non-refundable
  • If the event goes ahead and a ticket-holder is unable to visit for whatever reason, we regret that tickets cannot be refunded, cancelled, transferred or exchanged
  • For a full list of Ts & Cs, please visit https://www.whistlestopvalley.co.uk/terms-conditions. By booking tickets, you are agreeing to our Ts & Cs