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Simply Santa

1st, 8th, 15th plus 20th & 21st December 2023

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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 Turntable dessert 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 close (exact times will be detailed in your pre-event information email)
  • 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.)
  • When visitors on the last departure return to Clayton West, all facilities (except the toilets) will be closed 
  • 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 

 Simply Santa Timetable 

  • Simply Santa will run on Fridays 1st, 8th & 15th December 2023 PLUS Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st December 2023
  • On Fridays, trains will depart at: 11am, 12.20pm, 1.40pm, 3pm, 4.20pm & 5.40pm
  • On 20-21 December, trains will depart at 1.40pm, 3pm, 4.20pm, 5.40pm & 7pm

 Simply Santa Ticket Prices 

Adult: £19.95

Child (over 12mths): £24.95

Infant (under 12mths) WITH GIFT: £15.95

Infant (under 12mths) NO GIFT: FREE 

  • Concessions, family tickets, discounts, vouchers, promotions, passes & offers are NOT available/valid on Christmas 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